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IDL and Other Agencies Battle 60-Acre Buffalo Fire on Saturday

LEWISTONUPDATE: The Idaho Department of Lands engines and engine crews worked through the night to contain the 128 acre fire. Crews are still patrolling, looking for hot spots and heat within the perimeter.

The cause of the fire has been determined to have originated on private ownership in the Redbird Canyon area before burning onto Idaho Fish and Game land. 

Original Story:

The estimated 60-acre Buffalo Fire is actively burning in the Redbird area, south of Redbird Canyon. The fire reportedly originated on private ownership within Idaho Department of Lands Craig Mountain protection area but is now burning on Idaho Fish and Game land as well. It was reported at approximately 2:30 p.m.

An unknown number of Fish and Game structures are within one to one-half miles of the fire. No homes are threatened, and no evacuations have been ordered.

Initial attack resources include an Idaho Department of Lands engine, a Nez Perce County Rural Fire Department, a Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forest helitack crew, two helicopters (one light, one heavy), and two air tankers (SEATs). Additional resources have been ordered and are en route to the scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.