Printed on: July 10, 2013

Birch Creek Fire 50 pct. contained


Crews battling a lightning-sparked fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest reported Tuesday that the blaze was 50 percent contained.

The Birch Creek Fire, which was discovered Saturday, held steady at about 400 acres burned. The fire was located in steep, rugged terrain and was burning in light fuels -- sage and grass, according to Forest Service spokeswoman Amy Baumer.

The fire, burning in the Bacon Ranch area, is about 17 air miles west of Salmon.

A total of 186 firefighters, backed by two engines and two helicopters, remained on scene Tuesday, according to a Forest Service news release.

No wildfires were reported on the Snake River Plain on Tuesday night.

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