UPDATE: Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Blaze 80 Percent Contained, But High Temps, Low Humidity Increases Risk of Fire Activity 

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UPDATE: July 29, 2018

Officials reported Sunday morning that fire personnel had raised the containment level of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 to 80 percent. Crews were expected to mop up the fire edges throughout much of the day to prevent further growth. Particular emphasis will be on the northeast perimeter of the blaze which has, so far, burned more than 4,600 acres.

Meanwhile the fire weather forecast for Sunday calls for more hot, dry conditions across the region with temperatures climbing to the upper 90s while the humidity hovers in the single digits, increasing the risk for fire activity.

Motorists are again being alerted to firefighting equipment entering and exiting nearby highways. Additionally, drivers are being told to be on the lookout for unstable rocks or vegetation tumbling from steep slopes onto roadway.

As of Sunday morning, more than 300 firefighting personnel were assigned to the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire.
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ORIGINAL POST: July 28, 2018

The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group has raised the region's fire preparedness level to its maximum level -"5" - due to the increasing risk of
more fire activity as a number of major blazes  continue to burn in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and California.

In Idaho, the Mesa Fire, south of the Adams County community of Council, has burned nearly 15,000 acres and forced some evacuations in the area of Cottonwood Road. The Keithly Fire, just outside of the Washington County town of Midvale, has burned more than 15,000 acres. The lightning-triggered blaze was 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department is cautioning travelers who had plans to venture into the Boise Mountains this weekend to keep a close watch on reports of fire activity, adding that highways can be shut down to traffic at a moment's notice.

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  • Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire
Motorists traveling to and from McCall will notice a number of emergency vehicles on State Highway 55 today. Motorists are urged to travel with extreme caution along the highway as crews report that unstable rocks may roll down onto Highway 55 from steep slopes that hug the roadway. The nearby Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire was reported to be 60 percent contained Saturday morning after burning nearly 4,500 acres. Firefighters said the northeastern flank of the fire had the most potential for growth. Helicopters assigned to the firefighting effort are using the Cascade Airport in Valley County as a temporary base and are utilizing the Payette River to fill buckets to douse the fire.

Meanwhile, the hot, dry weather conditions keep coming. The National Weather Service Office says Boise can expect several more days of high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.
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