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Lightning Sparks New Wildfires In Idaho; Full Containment Expected Today

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials say lightning strikes have sparked several new wildfires across Idaho.
    
In the Bureau of Land Management's Twin Falls District, lightning storms caused three new fires Tuesday even as crews pushed toward full containment of the state's largest blaze, the 337-acre Kinyon Road Fire.
    
BLM officials say that one of the new fires near the Idaho-Nevada border has already burned 3 square miles and forced the closure of a stretch of U.S. Highway 93. Fire officials expected to have the fire contained late Tuesday night.
    
Officials are also monitoring nine fires in southwestern Idaho that range in size from a tenth of an acre to more than 3 square miles. At least two were human-caused.
    
BLM officials say they expect full containment of the Kinyon Road Fire on Wednesday.

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