Wildfires
7:43 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Wildfire Northwest Of Stanley Prompts Evacuations

Large wildfires continue to burn in Western states including in California, Oregon and Idaho. Hot temperatures and high winds have made fighting these fires tough. 

It’s been especially tough for crews working on a wildfire burning 18 miles Northwest of Stanley. The fire, which has been burning since late July, picked up steam. And Tuesday night evacuation notices went out to people living along Highway 75 between what’s called Joe’s Gulch and the small community of Sunbeam. Evacuations have not been ordered for Lower Stanley.

More than 300 fire fighters are working on that lightning caused blaze. It's now more than 58,000 acres.

Elsewhere in the state, fire fighters made progress in the Boise National Forest where two large wildfires continue to burn. That’s despite high winds and another day of hot temperatures.

One of those fires - the Springs Fire - near  Banks could be fully under control by early next week. 

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