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Published: Friday, August 10, 2012, 3:12 p.m.

Idaho wildfires force evacuations of some homes

BOISE, Idaho -- A series of lightning strikes has ignited dozens of new fires statewide and intensified efforts by crews to get the upper hand in the busiest wildfire season since 2007.
More than 40 new fires ignited in the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests in northern Idaho late Wednesday, marking the first significant fire activity in that part of the state this year.
In southern Idaho, emergency workers on Friday ordered the evacuation of homes near Hansen because of growth of three wildfires raging nearby.
National fire managers are currently monitoring 11 big fires in Idaho that so far have burned more than 367 square miles and closed down access to thousands of prime recreational areas.
Fire officials have also issued warnings statewide based on threats for more fires from lightning.
Story tags » Forest Fire

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