3 new ID fires start while others nearly contained

Boise, ID - Lightning touched off three new, large fires in Idaho, a reminder that wildfire season is continuing even though crews are finally getting some help from shorter days, lower temperatures and higher humidity that accompany the onset of fall.

Meanwhile, firefighters have nearly surrounded two massive south central Idaho blazes, the Beaver Creek and Elk Complex fires, that once threatened communities including Sun Valley and kept them busy for much of the month.

Beaver Creek and Elk Complex are expected to be contained this weekend.

Among the new blazes, the Raft Fire along the Snake River's Brownlee Reservoir 20 miles north of Midvale has expanded to about two square miles, while the nearby Hells Canyon Fire was at four square miles as it burned through light fuels such as grass along.