Fire near Lowman continues to grow

July 20, 2013 

Smoke rises from the Ridge Fire from this view from the Whitehawk Lookout located in the Boise National Forest northwest of Lowman.

PROVIDED BY BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

— The Ridge Fire burned nearly 1,000 acres on Saturday, pushing the total acreage on that lightning-caused fire 14 miles northeast of Lowman to 2,470 acres.

A total of 180 firefighters are battling the blaze in the Boise National Forest. Containment efforts are focused on the western, upwind flank.

The fire progressed through thick vegetation to the north, east and west. Smoke continues to blow east into the Stanley area.

The Warm Springs airstrip remains closed to all but emergency landings. The incident management team has set up its base camp at the airfield.

A temporary flight restriction has been put in place over the fire area.

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