Wapiti Fire mostly contained in central Idaho

The Wapiti wildfire in central Idaho is 80 percent under control.

Capital Press

The Wapiti Fire in central Idaho was 80 percent contained as of early Sept. 4, fire managers said.

The fire started Aug. 25 between Grandjean and Stanley, burning timber, grass and brush. It destroyed four cabins and an outbuilding. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. It was initially estimated at more than 6,000 acres. Final mapping pegged it at 4,571 acres as of Sept. 4.

Rain during the last week of August slowed the fire’s progress, helping crews create fire-containment lines, Boise National Forest Information Assistant Joella Bollar said.

A Type-3 team comprised of mostly local personnel and resources Sept. 3 has replaced a larger Type-2 team. The new team can start demobilizing personnel and equipment when conditions warrant, Bollar said.

Firefighters continue to patrol containment lines, extinguishing any hotspots they find, the Boise National Forest said in a news release. Crews also are repairing fire lines as part of a Forest Service-approved effort to restore the area. The fire as of Sept. 4 involved 43 people, an engine and a helicopter.

Road, trail and area closures remain in effect. Information: Lowman Ranger District, 208-259-3361.

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