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Southwest Idaho Wildfire Scorches Sage Grouse Habitat

Bureau of Land Management

Firefighters are trying to stop a 10-square-mile wildfire burning through primary sage grouse habitat in a remote part of southwest Idaho.

Nearly 200 firefighters backed by 10 aircraft, 17 fire engines and six bulldozers on Tuesday worked to contain the fast-moving fire that started Monday morning.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao says the area contains grasslands and sage brush with scattered ranches.

She says no structures have been lost but the search is on for cattle believed to have been grazing in the area when the fire started. The cause is under investigation.

Elsewhere in Idaho, officials with the Payette National Forest and Boise National Forest say lightning in the last 24 hours has sparked a dozen fires and crews are responding.

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