Fire Crews Begin to Mop Up Idaho Fire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Rain limited the spread of the Bear Spring fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, officials said, giving fire crews a chance to expand fire lines and mop up hot spots.

The blaze, burning in timber 11 miles northwest of North Fork, was about 930 acres and 66 percent contained Thursday. Nearly 450 workers are fighting the fire, and fire managers expect to have the flames completely contained by Monday.

Officials said the threat to buildings in the Hughes Creek area had ended, and there was no active burning in the region.

``The fire crews have made excellent progress in getting a line around this fire and starting mop-up,'' fire official Paul Broyles said in a statement.

The North Star Butte fire, burning on 1,030 acres in the Payette National Forest, was about 40 percent contained, officials said. The nearly 500 crew members on that fire are expected to gain total containment by Sunday.

Meanwhile, fire manager continued to allow the Porter fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest to burn.

That blaze, about 25 miles northwest of Stanley, is being allowed to burn to help clear out trees and restore the environment. It had consumed 2,911 acres by Thursday.