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Fire burning in Idaho wilderness area blackens 2,000 acres

The Bureau of Land Management says the Antelope Fire is burning in grass and brush about 16 miles southwest of Grand View.
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The Antelope Fire is burning in grass and brush about 16 miles southwest of Grand View, Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho — A wildfire that burned about 2,000 acres in an Owyhee County wilderness area has been contained, fire officials announced on Thursday.

The Antelope Fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper about 16 miles southwest of Grand View in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Area.

The Bureau of Land Management says lightning started the fire Wednesday morning. It was contained on Thursday at noon. Full control is expected to happen by 8 p.m. on Friday.

Crews are now working to mop up hot spots and keeping a close eye on conditions. A Red Flag Warning is currently in effect, which could bring strong winds to the area Thursday afternoon.

The fire did not threaten any structures, but a trailhead south of the fire on Mud Flat Road is closed for the duration of the firefighting operation.

Shifting winds and steep terrain are slowing progress.  The fire area is under a Red Flag Warning until Thursday afternoon for high temperatures, low relative humidity and potential outflow winds in excess of 50 mph near thunderstorms. 

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