Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Just in

Soda Fire now 90 percent contained.

Homedale--Fire crews say that high winds that blew through the Owyhees last night didn't cause the fire to spread and wasn't as strong as the weekend.

Crews said Monday morning that cooler temperatures and more favorable conditions have helped firefighters begin to gain the upper hand on the Soda Fire, which is now mapped at 283,686 acres.

A total of more than 800 firefighters are battling the blaze.

"Crews made significant progress today (Sunday) including walking containment lines and mopping up," fire managers wrote on InciWeb. "They continue to look for heat pockets, but have found very few."

All roads to Silver City remain closed for tourists, but remain open to residents. Idaho Power crews are continuing to work throughout the day to replace power poles and restore power to the area.

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