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Idaho wildfire grows as strong winds propel flames

Idaho wildfire

Nearly 400 firefighters have been assigned to the fire; the blaze has consumed 79 square miles


By Kimberlee Kruesi
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — A wildfire in Idaho grew over the weekend as strong winds propelled the flamers toward homes and other structures, officials said Monday.

The blaze burning about seven miles (11 kilometers) southeast of American Falls has consumed 79 square miles (204 square kilometers) since Friday evening.

"We are encouraging people to pay attention to the closures and stay away to let the firefighters do their job," fire spokesman Jason Curry said.

Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said the fire has destroyed six rural outbuildings, but no homes had been lost.

However, some residents in Power County and some campers in Bannock County were asked to evacuate Sunday. Fire officials did not know how many people were asked to leave.

Nearly 400 firefighters have been assigned to the fire, with many resources focused on building fire lines to protect structures.

 




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