BONNER COUNTY, Idaho – A fire burning 11 miles north of Sandpoint, Idaho, has caused an estimated $700,000 in damage.
The Alpine Fire near Caribou Lake has burned 103 acres as of Monday morning. It is 10 percent contained.
A road closure is in effect for Caribou Road above the junction of Road 2611.
Officials said lightning started the fire.
Officials said 162 fire personnel are continuing to build fire lines and strengthen existing lines. Helicopters are dropping water as needed to cool hotspots.
Thick brush, steep terrain and standing dead trees are making suppression efforts difficult, officials said. A Canadian crew of eight firefighters from Alberta is assisting.
The estimated containment date is August 15, officials said.
Officials said current air quality in the area is listed as good. Visit the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality website for more information.