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Cooler conditions set to reduce fire behavior for Idaho's largest wildfire

Currently the fire is at 83,630 acres and is expected to be contained by Oct. 15.  (Courtesy: inciweb)

The Highline Fire burning 23 miles northeast of Warren in the Payette National Forest is set to see reduced fire behavior thanks to a cold front making its way into the area, creating cooler and wetter conditions until Friday.

Currently the fire is at 83,630 acres and is expected to be contained by Oct. 15. The Highline Fire behavior remains generally low to moderate in growth and activity. | Photo Gallery

On the eastern perimeter, the fire continues to slowly back toward Root Ranch and Arctic Point Lookout. The southwestern portion of the fire continues to burn actively in areas of timber northeast of Rock Rabbit Lookout.

Fire crews are currently group torching and short to mid-range spotting to help battle the flames. Fire spread on the southern perimeter is mostly backing, but some active runs are occurring when winds, slope and fuels are aligned.

A forest area closure is still in effect for The Chamberlain, Cold Meadows, Soldier Bar and Cabin Creek Airstrips. The Payette National Forest is still under Stage 1 fire restrictions.

Firefighters will continue monitoring the fire by air for movement that may prompt protection actions.

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