- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

LOWMAN, Idaho (AP) - Fire managers trying to stop a 102-square-mile wildfire in central Idaho say they will continue to build fire lines on Thursday as cooler weather in the 60s and 70s combined with lighter winds have helped efforts in recent days.

The fire is 37 percent contained but officials say the town of Lowman is still threated with fire burning to the north and west of the community.

The Banks-Lowman Road to the west is closed and the U.S. Forest Service has issued a broad closure for multiple roads and trails in the Boise National Forest.

State Highway 21 is open to the public from Idaho City to Stanley.

About 1,500 firefighters are battling the blaze burning timber in rugged terrain.

The cause of the fire that started July 18 is unknown.


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