- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

LOWMAN, Idaho (AP) - A giant central Idaho wildfire burning timber in mountainous terrain consumed another 26 square miles Wednesday, a day after torching 45 square miles.

The wildfire burning mainly in remote areas far from critical infrastructure is up to 246 square miles. Some low level evacuations are in place in the sparsely populated region.

Fire managers say the blaze fanned by strong winds is expanding to the north and northeast but is 58 percent contained with mop up operations taking place in southwest parts of the fire.

About 1,100 firefighters are fighting the blaze that officials say will take a rain or snow event to put out.

Full containment isn’t expected until mid-October.

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