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Containment of Cherry Road Fire near Homedale holding at 95 percent

A single engine air tanker drops retardant on the Cherry Road Fire

Several planes are being used to quell the blaze burning about 35,000 acres west of Homedale. This video was taken Wednesday as crews made headway on the wildfire.
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Several planes are being used to quell the blaze burning about 35,000 acres west of Homedale. This video was taken Wednesday as crews made headway on the wildfire.

Crews working on the Cherry Road Fire, burning west of Homedale on the Idaho-Oregon border, continued to make progress Thursday, bringing containment up to 95 percent, fire managers announced about 10 p.m.

That held overnight, as fire managers reported Friday that the fire didn’t grow since Thursday evening.

The fire is burning an estimated 35,300 acres of grass and the number of people working on the blaze has been reduced to 118, according to Friday morning’s news release.

Winds and dry conditions have presented challenges to the crews, but cooling temperatures and rising humidity have aided firefighters. Crews worked to keep the fire east of the Owyhee River, south of the Upper Tunnel Road, west of Succor Creek Road and north of Leslie Gulch Road, according to fire managers.

Crews expect to have full containment of the blaze by Monday, fire managers reported.

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