Triumph Lane wildfire north of Culdesac burns structures

CULDESAC, ID - A wildfire burning east of Lewiston has claimed six structures within its destructive path.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns why the fire in the Culdesac area is only ten-percent contained.

The Triumph Lane fire that continues to burn five miles north of Culdesac is estimated at 800 acres.

"Things are very dry here and folks need to be extremely careful with fire," said Idaho Department of Lands, Fire information officer, Mary Fritz.

The fire which is believed to be human caused, began Monday afternoon. It spread quickly, due to the gusty conditions that picked up late Monday night.

"It was fast moving fire, we had some winds yesterday afternoon, and that took the fire and spread it," said Fritz.

Several structures were destroyed as the flames spread.

"We have lost one trailer home and we have lost another home and the others have been outbuilding type structures," said Fritz.

At this time 20 structures are threatened as countless firefighters, seven engines, one dozen and air support try to contain the fire.

"Idaho Department of Lands is the lead agency in fighting this fire and they have been assisted by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Nez Perce Rural Fire District and the Winchester Fire District," said Fritz.

Despite only 10-percent containment, Idaho Department of Lands officials hope to reach 30% by Tuesday night.

"It's been calmer today, which is a really good thing and we are not getting the spread rates," said Fritz.