Major wildfires burn in Idaho

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August 17, 2013, 8:05 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Kurt Gregory) - Fueled by strong, gusty winds and tinder dry vegetation, several raging infernos are burning out of control in Idaho. Of greatest concern is the massive Beaver Creek fire, spreading and forcing evacuation orders for more than 1,500 homes.

In addition, pre-evacuation orders are in effect for the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley, putting people on notice they could be asked to flee at a moments notice.

Thousands of residents and vacationers are watching closely and weighing their options.

Heavy traffic lined the highways out of town, a strong indication many people aren't willing to take any chances.

Meanwhile, hundreds of state and federal firefighters were dispatched to fight the wildfire while those within its reach are keeping a wary eye to the horizon.

Tags: Idaho, wildfire , Kurt Gregory, Sun Valley, Beaver Creek, Ketchum
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