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Big Cougar Fire grows to 5,000 acres
Big Cougar Fire grows to 5,000 acres

The Big Cougar Fire is now at 5,000 acres and zero percent containment after it was sparked by lightning Saturday.

Burning about 24 miles south of Lewiston, Idaho, 34 firefighters from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe and the Nature Conservancy are all on scene.

Fire crews are using a combination of helicopters, dozers and hand crews to prevent the fire from spreading, focusing mainly on the North and South sides where growth is most likely. Today crews are battling high temperatures and erratic winds, with more wind in the forecast for Tuesday.

So far no evacuations or closures have been announced, but residents and recreationalists living or visiting in the area are encouraged to stay informed of conditions if anything changes.  

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