A wildfire continued to burn late Aug. 2 in an active logging operation about 23 miles east of St. Maries.

Crews worked overnight on the Mica Creek Fire, which started at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 1. They  surrounded it with a bulldozer line at 5:30 a.m., the Idaho Department of Lands said in a news release. The cause of the fire, on endowment land IDL manages, remains under investigation.

The fire burned 40 acres and was about 50% contained late Aug. 2, the department said. Flames of 4 to 6 feet were reported. Wind in the afternoon and evening figured to make ground-based firefighting more dangerous.

No structures were threatened in the area, which is remote but has valuable timber, IDL said Aug. 2.

Eighty people were on the ground late Aug. 2 including IDL, USDA Forest Service, rural and contracted crews, and two IDL investigators. Firefighting involved six engines, two bulldozers, two helicopters, three water tenders, two air tankers and a supervisory aircraft.

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