Crews battle rugged terrain to fight Papoose Fire

Crews battle rugged terrain to fight Papoose Fire

Credit: Salmon-Challis National Forest

A plume of smoke rises from the Papoose Fire near the Salmon-Challis National Forest

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 11:13 AM

BOISE -- Idaho wildfires kept crews busy as temperatures across the state soared to near 100 degrees.

A lightning-caused fire has burned nearly six square miles of grass, brush and timber in the Salmon-Challis National Forest about 40 miles west of Salmon.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Mike McMillan says the fire, which was reported Sunday, is burning in rugged terrain that prevents the blaze from being fought on the ground. A sky crane helicopter that can drop 2,000 gallons is working on the Papoose Fire.

The Times-News reports boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River may be asked to share campsites with other rafters and possibly firefighters.

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