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article imageRaging Idaho wildfire threatens thousands of homes as it spreads

By Ernest Dempsey     Aug 19, 2013 in World
Ketchum - About 10,000 houses have been threatened with fire near Ketchum, Idaho, as nearly 93,000 acres in the area have been burnt so far.
U.E. News on NBC News writes that the firefighting crew has made some progress on the southern end of the fire. The news tells that on Saturday evening, West Ketchum residents were notified about possibly receiving the order to flee with about 7,700 houses remaining under pre-evacuation notice.
Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey was quoted telling that they are doing evacuations basically via telephone. It was reported that National Weather Service had forecasted the continuation of fire situation over the weekend.
The Denver Post informed on Saturday of the evacuation of 2,300 residences around Ketchum due to the fire that was ignited by lightning on 7th August. The paper told that more than 700 firefighters had been deployed to combat the raging fire with more crew expected to join the firefighting team dealing with the situation.
ABC News updated viewers on the status of fire spreading in the area and additional crew arriving to help protect houses worth millions of dollars in price. The channel reported that smoke in the area was causing problems for the Ketchum residents, forcing them to wear masks to protect their lungs from smoke in the air. The report tells of another thousand firefighters moving to join the fight against the fire that has so far devoured a 100, 000 acres since last week.
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