Wildfire causing problems for north-south Idaho travel route

Wildfire causing problems for north-south Idaho travel route

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire in southwestern Idaho about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Boise has grown, and motorists are asked to avoid a heavily-traveled north-south route this weekend that connects urban populations with outdoor recreation areas.

Officials say the fire near Gardena on Friday grew to 5.5 square miles (14 square kilometers) and that delays of up to an hour can be expected for those traveling on Idaho Highway 55.

Idaho Power meanwhile has restored electricity to nearly all but about 30 of the nearly 3,000 customers who lost power Thursday due to damaged power poles.

In west-central Idaho, a wildfire near the small community of Pollock is about 5 square miles (13 square kilometers), and some residents were warned of the possible need for evacuation.

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