With weather conditions improving to restrict the spread of smoke from area wildfires, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has lifted its air-quality advisory for north-central Idaho.
Meanwhile, management of the Sheep Fire, McGuire Complex, and Powell SBW Complex has transferred to the ranger districts, as the wildfire season ramps down.
The Sheep Fire, located near Lucille, is currently 48,600 acres with 68 percent containment.
The McGuire Complex Fire near Dixie is about 50 percent contained at some 43,560 acres. Rehabilitation work to repair suppression damage is underway, while the closure area has been reduced and roads opened. All communities in the vicinity of the fire are now at Stage 1 evacuation alert, including Comstock, Concord, Cook Ranch, Dixie, Elk City, Mallard Creek Ranch, Orogrande, Red River and Red River Hot Springs.
The Porcupine Fire Complex is 37,000 acres and, although it continues to burn, cool temperatures and much shorter burning periods have resulted in minimal fire activity.
The Powell SBW Complex is holding at 66,000 acres along the the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary.