A wildfire at the top of the Lewiston Hill near US Highway 95 is almost fully contained. The Idaho Department of Lands reports that the blaze erupted around 7:30 Friday night in a canyon East of the highway. The Mile Marker 319 fire threatened several structures and burned about 150 acres. Local fire departments from both states responded to the blaze. Volunteer Firefighters from Genesee, Moscow, Whitman County Fire District 14 out of Colton/Uniontown and district 12 from Pullman helped fight the flames. The fire briefly shut down portions of the highway Friday night. The blaze is 75% contained with no active fire. An IDL crew will continue mop up efforts Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire caused a major outage for Inland Cellular. The company’s website says their voice and text services are down. Officials hope to have service restored sometime Monday at the earliest. Crews are waiting for parts to repair equipment damaged by the fire.