Fire crews continue to mop up, secure fireline on Big Cougar Fire

CRAIGMONT, ID - Better news on the Big Cougar Fire. Crews are being assigned to other incidents, as containment has now topped 80-percent.

Idaho's largest wildfire has been stopped at 65,200 acres. Right now crews are securing fireline and mopping up on the northeast side of the fire. The blaze destroyed nine structures and caused a handful of firefighter injuries.

The lightning caused fire started August second and fire officials said the dry fuels helped rapid growth on the steep terrain. The fire is still being patrolled and monitored by ground and air. Evacuation notices for this fire remain at stage one.

The incident management team for the Big Cougar Fire will hold their final open house Wednesday night in Craigmont. The public is invited to Highland School from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The school is where the incident command post has been set up at. Team members will be there to show the public around and answer any questions.