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Monday storm sparks 35 new fires in northern Idaho

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At least 35 lightning fires have started across north Idaho At least 35 lightning fires have started across north Idaho
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest reports a lightning storm that moved through north Idaho Monday night has resulted in at least 35 new fires in the region. They say the majority of these new fires are located on the St. Joe and Coeur d'Alene River Ranger Districts and are less than a tenth of an acre in size.

The largest of these new fires is about 40 acres and is located near Marble Creek. Because lightning started the fires, most of them are high on ridge tops and none pose any imminent threat to structures.

The National Forest reports many firefighters in the region are helping fight at least one of these fires. They say additional resources have been requested from neighboring areas.

Fire crews have already contained five of the new fires and more are expected to be contained Wednesday. However, the fire weather outlook is forecasting continued hot and dry conditions with scattered thunderstorms, which can complicate containment efforts.

The Forest Service says due to the large number of lightning fires, it is more important than ever to prevent human caused fires. They remind those in the area that stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect throughout north Idaho. For more information on current restrictions, click here: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

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