Firefighters are making progress on the the lightning-sparked Ridge Fire, 14 miles northeast of Lowman, which, as of this morning, is 39 percent contained. More than 5,200 acres have been scorched by the fire, which has burned for a week-and-a-half.
Fire managers said there was minimal growth on the line July 29 due to limited fuels and cooler temperatures.
348 personnel remain on the scene, including nine 20-person Hotshot crews and six helicopters for aerial assistance.
Fire crews are expected to improve fire lines on the northeast portion of the blaze Tuesday while crews continue to mop up the northwest perimeter with assistance from water-dropping helicopters. The southwest portion of the fire has been contained and will be monitored by aviation and crews on the ground.
Over the next week, various fire crews will begin to reach the end of their 14-day operational assignments and should begin demobilizing back to their home units.