Highway 41 open after Blanchard Fire, some evacuations lifted

5:10 p.m.: From Bonner County — At 6 p.m., the west side of Highway 41 will be open and restrictions and evacuations lifted for all areas west of Highway 41 to the Washington state line.
The speed limit reduced to 35 mph on Highway 41 between Blanchard-Elk and Saunders Roads due to reduced visibility and fire fighters actively working alongside the highway. Please use caution.
All road closures and evacuations east of Highway 41 will remain in effect.