State reports good progress on two area forest fires

IDL fireman Coleman Donohoe continues to work on the mop up process on the Dusty fire newr Emida. The fire is 100 percent contained.

The Idaho Department of Lands announced that crews have made significant progress on the Dusty and Cliff fires.

The IDL reported that the Dusty fire, which is 41 acres, is now 100 percent contained. Crews with engines will continue to work on mopping up the fire over the next few days.

The fire, near Emida, had forced some local residents to evacuate from their homes but the residents had since then been released to return to their properties.

Some of the crews and equipment working on the fire have been released from the scene to become available for dispatch in other areas of need in the region.

The Cliff fire in Heyburn State Park, which was 22 acres, remains in patrol status at the time of this report.

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s bike path from the Plummer trailhead through Heyburn State Park has reopened. A press release from the IDL says to check with Heyburn State Park staff on the status of hiking and horse riding trails near the burned area.

The IDL along with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, St. Maries Fire Protection District, local contracted engines, water tenders and dozers, were able to bring both fires under control by late last week and early this week.

There has been no further reports on any new fires in the area.

The IDL also reported that air quality in the region is expected to remain poor until later in the week when storm fronts are expected to dissipate some of the smoke.

For more information contact the IDL at 208-245-4551.

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