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WILDFIRE WATCH: More progress made on Idaho's Big Cougar fire

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Firefighters continue to make progress in battling Idaho's largest wildfire.

The Big Cougar fire burning on the Idaho side of the Snake River across from Oregon and Washington is now 40 percent contained.

The fire has burned about 101 square miles or 65,000 acres and is 50% contained .

Firefighters are shifting their efforts to slow the fire's spread to the east in the Eagle Creek area. Their goal is to keep the fire from crossing the creek.

There are 445 firefighters on the scene. The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 2.

Elsewhere, firefighters are fighting a new fire near Horseshoe Bend, north of Boise, that's threatening about a dozen homes.

Also, firefighters have 90 percent containment of several fires burning in northern Idaho and 20 percent containment on the Highrange fire burning in western Idaho.

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