Idaho wildfire now 100 percent contained

Idaho wildfire now 100 percent contained

19 July 2010

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BOISE  — A wildfire that torched 170 square miles of southeastern Idaho desert on theIdaho National Laboratory nuclear site has been 100 percent contained.

Laboratory officials report that the fire has been completely surrounded by containment lines. Firefighters were expected to continue working tonight to extinguish smoldering hot spots at the site.

The blaze expanded quickly Tuesday and Wednesday amid high winds to cover about a fifth the total size of the 890-square-mile national laboratory site.

Crews worked today to restore power at the lab’s Materials & Fuels Complex, a nuclear fuels research facility that had been shuttered since electricity was cut.

It’s unclear how the wildfire started. It ignited Tuesday near a road closed to the public, but accessible to employees.

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