December 20, 2014
Fire crews are packing up their gear as containment nears on the huge Murphy Complex of wildfires on the Idaho-Nevada line.
The complex, which burned more than 1,000 square miles since it was touched off by lightning July 16th, is expected to be completely contained by Tuesday morning.
Rainfall last week slowed the fire and let crews directly attack the flames - instead of simply clearing fuels and creating fire line as is done when the fire is more active.
No serious injuries have been reported, but a lot of grazing area has burned and an unknown number of cattle have died. Three outbuildings were burned.
The fire earlier forced the evacuation of Murphy's Hot Springs in Idaho and the tiny Nevada town of Jarbidge.
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