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The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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Local fires agencies have had their hands full of late - so full in fact that they seem to be too busy to release current updates on local fires. Recent lightning storms have sparked a number of fires. As the Record was going to press on Tuesday afternoon, another storm rolled in and calls about new fires and lightning strikes were lighting up emergency communications. Below is the most recent information we could find on some area fires.

One of the most recent fires seems to be the "Telephone Fire," which started August 5 on the Weiser Ranger District, 2 miles north of Sturgill Peak and 12 miles west of Cambridge. It was at 25 acres at last report, but it sounds like it might be out by now.

The Hitt Fire, also started August 5, 13 miles west of Cambridge, and less than one mile north of the Spring Creek Campground. It was fully controlled at last report.

A series of storms on Wednesday, August 6, sparked 13 fires in the Garden Valley area and one larger fire southeast of Cascade that became known as the East Mountain Fire. It was expected to be contained by last Sunday.

At least some of our smoke may be coming from a large fire still burning south of Lewiston, in the area east of the Snake

River. This is the Big Cougar Fire, which started from lightning on August 2. At last report, it was at 65,200 acres, had burned 9 buildings and had 408 firefighters on it.

Another fire on the west side of the Snake River - the Sorhers Fire - is 30 miles northeast of Enterprise, 15 miles east of Imnaha, near Somers Point in Hells Canyon. It was caused by lightning on August 3, and was at 26,500 acres at last report. Highrange Fire Wildfire

The Highrange fire was lightning started on August 3rd. The Fire is 20 miles southwest of Grangeville and 8 miles west of White Bird. It had burned approximately 4,748 acres at last report.

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Original Publication Date: August 13, 2014

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