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Wildfire near Banks expected to be contained by Sunday evening

Early moments of the Banks, Idaho wildfire

The 125-acre wildfire was reported Saturday evening, June 25, and was expected to be contained Monday.
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The 125-acre wildfire was reported Saturday evening, June 25, and was expected to be contained Monday.

Crews continued working on the 125-acre wildfire in the Banks area on Sunday but are optimistic the blaze will be 100 percent contained by Sunday night, according to Boise National Forest spokeswoman Susan Blake.

The fire, which was reported around 5 p.m. Saturday, is burning between Idaho 55 and County Highway 17, Blake said. Both highways were still experiencing lane shutdowns on Sunday, and motorists were being escorted through the smoky area by a guide car, according to Blake.

Because of the mountainous location, no structures have been threatened, although some sheep were removed from the area early into the incident response, she said. No injuries have been reported.

Boise National Forest crews have been joined by local Garden Valley firefighters, as well as Idaho City hotshots, while Salmon-Challis crews are standing by. As of Saturday night, three helicopters were responding, along with one airtanker and two engines.

Blake said it’s unclear what may have started the fire, though its cause is under investigation.

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