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Fire at complex forces closure of Idaho Highway 20

Mallory Eils, a fire information officer with the Boise district of the Bureau of Land Management, says the Pony Complex fire has destroyed about 10 outbuildings and forced the closure of Highway 20 between Mountain Home and the Camas County line.

The Associated Press

8/9/2013

FAIRFIELD, Idaho — Firefighters are battling multiple fires in Idaho after lightning sparked several blazes across the southern half of the state.

Mallory Eils, a fire information officer with the Boise district of the Bureau of Land Management, says the Pony Complex fire has destroyed about 10 outbuildings and forced the closure of Highway 20 between Mountain Home and the Camas County line.

The complex is estimated to cover about 39 square miles, stretching to the southwestern end of Anderson Ranch Reservoir. Eils says more fire crews are being brought in to help fight the complex.

The smaller McCan fire is also actively burning, covering about 8 square miles northwest of Fairfield near the Soldier Mountain ski resort. Crews battling the blaze on the ground were assisted Thursday by air tankers dumping retardant, and they reported that at times wind pushed the fire near the Soldier Mountain Ranch and across the nearby golf course. Fire managers predict the McCan fire will be contained by Saturday night.

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