Big Cougar fire south of Lewiston grows to 30,000 acres - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Big Cougar fire south of Lewiston grows to 30,000 acres

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 LEWISTON, Idaho- The Big Cougar Fire is burning right now 24 miles south of Lewiston, Idaho. As of Wednesday evening, the fire had grown to 30,000 acres, there was zero containment, and 160 structures were in the fire's path. The good news is that so far no structure has been destroyed. The Big Cougar Fire began with lightning on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

The Big Cougar Fire is burning in rough terrain west of Wapshilla Ridge and east of the Snake River. Crews worked on burnouts and used heavy equipment to stay ahead of the fire. Crews assessed the fire's spread to the north and developed a plan for constructing a containment line on a ridge near Captain John Creek.

The number of firefighters assigned to this incident is 253, and there are also four helicopters, four engines, and three dozers. The helicopters are dipping out of the Snake River as long as there is daylight.

There is a level 3 evacuation notice in place from China Garden to Captain John Creek. A community meeting is tentatively planned for Thursday, August 7, in the Waha community.

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