More Crews Join Battle Against Wildfire In Idaho

HAILEY, Idaho (August 18, 2013)--A wildfire fanned by strong gusts and fed by dry timber and brush made a push north and forced more evacuations near the Idaho resort town of Ketchum, but firefighters have made some progress against the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho.

Five more hotshot crews have arrived to help slow the spread of flames toward homes in the affluent town and neighboring Hailey.

The fire grew to 144 square miles Friday night and pushed north of Ketchum near U.S. Highway 75.

So far, 2,300 residences have been evacuated since lightning ignited the fire on Aug. 7.

Elsewhere, in northern Utah, about 10 homes were destroyed when a wildfire raced through the community of Willow Springs late Friday.

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