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Brush fire that shut down Idaho 55 nearly contained, officials say

Brush fire near Avimor subdivision shuts down Idaho highway

Idaho 55 was closed for several hours Sunday due to a brush fire near the Avimor subdivision.
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Idaho 55 was closed for several hours Sunday due to a brush fire near the Avimor subdivision.

A portion of Idaho 55 was closed Sunday afternoon due to a grass fire, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Around 5:30 p.m., Eagle Fire Department officials said the fire was 90 percent contained and projected that the road would reopen by 6:30 p.m.

According to officials, the fire appears to have been started by a truck with "mechanical issues," though an investigation is still pending.

The fire was first reported shortly near the Avimor housing subdivision after 1:45 p.m. The highway was closed between Floating Feather Road and Horseshoe Bend Hill Summit (mileposts 46 and 52) shortly afterward.

Thanks to an "aggressive attack" by Eagle Fire, Star Fire, Boise Fire, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, the fire burned only about 250 acres. No one was injured, and no structures were threatened, officials said.

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