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Firefighters eye coming weather in fight against growing Woodhead Fire

An inversion of smoke helped slow the wildfire's growth, but windy conditions and unstable weather patterns are on the way.
Credit: Payette National Forest
Woodhead Fire burned area

CAMBRIDGE, Idaho — Fire crews contending with a large wildfire near Cambridge caught a break Wednesday as an inversion slowed the flames, but warned that coming weather could create conditions for rapid-fire growth.

Unstable weather patterns and dry thunderstorms - which could bring lightning and no rain - are predicted over the next several days. A Red Flag Warning for high winds was also in effect both Thursday and Friday.

The Woodhead Fire is currently measured at 91,262 acres, with 41% containment. More than 325 firefighters are now assigned to the blaze.

RELATED: People warned to stay away from Woodhead Fire, could face heavy fine

Credit: Payette National Forest
Woodhead Fire map

The fire is currently spreading to the north and east,  with little movement to the south and west, where crews have been conducting suppression efforts.

RELATED: More evacuations issued for Woodhead Fire near Cambridge

Evacuations are currently in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Upper Dale, Paradise Flat, North Hornet, and West Mill Creek. Residents in those areas are asked to contact the Washinton County Sheriff's Office for an escort back in if they need to care for animals.

Everyone else is asked to stay out of the fire area.

RELATED: Maps of wildfires burning in Oregon, California and Idaho

The Woodhead Fire started on Sept. 7 and is burning on Payette National Forest land, private property, BLM land and IDL land. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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