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Shorter days, minimal winds help slow growth of Woodhead Fire

The increase in relative humidity has added moisture to the vegetation and prevented the fire from growing substantially.
Credit: Payette National Forest
Woodhead Fire

CAMBRIDGE, Idaho — The Woodhead Fire, which has been burning near Cambridge since Sept. 7, is currently measured at 96,478 acres and 62% containment.  

Following the cool temperatures over the weekend, a warm week is expected with minimal winds. Crews say the days being about one hour shorter and minimal winds are helping contain the fire.

Firefighters are continuing to use air resources on the northeastern edge of the fire to contend with flames in areas that are too steep for ground crews to access.

Crews will continue to build fireline and remove fuels in a bid to slow the fire's growth.

Firefighting crews assigned to the Woodhead Fire caught a break Thursday as higher humidity and cooler temperatures limited the growth of the wildfire.

Crews focused Friday on strengthening existing firelines and mulching cut limbs and vegetation to remove fuels.

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More than 300 people are currently assigned to the fire, along with helicopters and other air resources. The helicopters have been dropping 150,000 gallons of water per day over the fire area, but will not be flying Friday due to the dropoff in fire growth.

The Council-Cuprum Road has been reopened to traffic, but that could change unexpectedly due to fire activity and weather concerns. 

Highway 71 and the adjacent county roads are also open, but everyone is asked to stay off the burned land alongside.

Likewise, the endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. A map of the closed national forest lands is available here. Roadblocks remain set up on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Crews estimate it will not be completely contained until early October.

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