The Big Cougar Fire is 70-percent contained; most difficult terrain left to fight

The Big Cougar Fire is 70-percent contained; most difficult terrain left to fight »Play Video
Crews work on containing the last 80-miles of perimeter.
LEWISTON, ID - Two more firefighters are now recovering after being injured on the Big Cougar Fire.

The Big Cougar Fire, which is listed at 65,000 acres, is now 70-percent contained. Crews are working on containing the last 80-miles of perimeter, however fire officials said this last little bit of ground they're working on is proving to be the most difficult.

"That ground they're working on is really rugged," said Jill Cobb. "It's probably the nastiest ground we've had to work on with this whole fire. But we had some hotshot fire crews down there and they really worked hard. We did sustain a couple injuries because the terrain is so rough. We had a twisted knee and a rolled ankle."

More than 400 firefighters continue to fight the blaze and conduct mop up on the fire. All evacuation notices have now been reduced to stage one, meaning residents don't need to leave rather just stay alert to changing conditions. Crews will be monitoring the area by helicopter, as they prepare for thunderstorms Tuesday night.