Aircraft make steady progress on wildlife near Orofino

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Fire retardant dropped from airplanes kept the flames from progressing.
OROFINO, ID - The fire that's burning along steep and rocky terrain is believed to have been started by someone accidentally.

Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz said they have little to no containment right now, however the fire retardant drops from the many aircraft's are keeping the flames at a minimal level.

Homeowner Stan Leach lives just below the smokey hillside, and while he wasn't evacuated from his home, he's keeping a close watch on the fire.

"You know we're fine here," said Leach. "The railroad tracks are behind my place so it gives us a good defensible line. So we're good here but I'd be a little worried about the folks up above."

"We've evacuated approximately twelve houses some below the fire here and some above as well," said Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz. "So far there's been no structures or buildings damaged of any kind."

The Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Agency is managing the fire, and they've got help from many local fire departments as well. The fire started at approximately 11:30 Friday morning, and they expect to be in the mop up stages in a few hours.