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Firefighters battling wildfire burning near Howe

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HOWE — A 300-acre fire is burning in rural Butte County about four miles south of Howe.

The Howe Peak Fire started burning on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property at about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to BLM spokeswoman Kelsey Griffee. She said full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Friday.

The federal agency has deployed six engines, a hand crew, a dozer, a helicopter and four single-engine airplanes fighting the fire. The Idaho National Lab sent two of their engines and a tanker as well as a fire engine from Arco.

Witnesses say they’ve seen the fire continue to grow over the last two hours as it burns along the mountainside.

EastIdahoNews.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

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