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Mission Flats Fire burning off I-90 near Cataldo

A 120-acre fire is burning near Cataldo Mission in North Idaho. The fire can be seen from the road.

CATALDO, Idaho — Crews are working to put out a fire burning near the Cataldo Mission in North Idaho.

According to the Idaho Department of Lands, the fire is being called the Mission Flats Fire. As of Thursday, it has burned around 102 acres along the 1-90 near mile marker 36 between the freeway and the river.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the mission is not immediately threatened and no other structures are threatened at this point, according to the Idaho Department of Lands.

I-90 eastbound near Cataldo is currently down to one lane and people are asked to be cautious but keep moving.

Resources on the fire include a combination of 7 engines and water tenders, 2 dozers and more than 20 firefighters. The Idaho Department of Lands said fire crews have made excellent progress and are currently mopping up. 

The fire district is responding to numerous reports of smoke.

Photos from a viewer show at least on helicopters dropping water on the fire. Drivers can see the flames from the roadway as fire crews work from the ground and air. 

Credit: Larry Hardie
Mission Flats Fire

Extremely dry conditions have heightened wildfire dangers across the Inland Northwest.   

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.