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[Update] Wildfire burning near Idaho-Oregon border grows substantially

Satellite imagery shows the smoke from regional fires Aug. 22.
Satellite imagery shows the smoke from regional fires Aug. 22.

The Cherry Road Fire, burning about 16 miles west of Homedale grew from 3,500 acres Sunday afternoon to an estimated 50,000 acres Monday morning, according to a Bureau of Land Management press release.

Fire managers have the blaze at about 10 percent cotainment, and crews have been able to stop on most fronts, except toward the north, according to the release.

“Our personnel are putting together a plan today to get line across the north advance of the fire and connect it to the river,” said Jon Dentinger, spokesperson for Vale BLM.

The fire was called in around 1 p.m. Sunday, and was at about 3,500 acres. Fire managers had hoped cooler weather and higher humidity overnight would assist crews in tamping down the blaze, but it spread quickly due to winds. Steep terrain also presented a challenge to crews as they battled the blaze. BLM is beefing up resources, according to the release.

Winds are expected again Monday, with gusts of up to 25 mph, BLM reported.

About 100 people are working on the fire, using 19 engines (though more than 20 additional engines have been ordered to the scene), 15 single engine air tankers, three helicopters, two water tenders and one bulldozer, according to BLM.

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