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Firefighters battle to turn tide against 'angry' wildfire near Idaho resort

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(Read caption) A helicopter makes a drop on a dozer line around a home to protect it from the Beaver Creek Fire on Sunday, Aug. 18, outside of Ketchum, Idaho.

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Firefighters are waging a furious battle against the Idaho wildfire that is threatening thousands of homes near the Sun Valley resort.

The Beaver Creek Fire has already consumed more than 100,000 acres and caused the evacuation of 2,300 homes near the communities of Ketchum and Hailey.

High winds, high temperatures, and rugged terrain have hampered firefighters efforts, though somewhat cooler conditions and cloud cover on Sunday helped firefighters limit its growth and create firebreaks.

 

Some 1,200 people and 19 aircraft are fighting the blaze, which started Aug. 7 with a lightning strike. According to InciWeb, it is now just 8 percent contained.

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