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Firefighters battle large blaze in southern Idaho

1:53 AM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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BOISE, Idaho -- Winds have picked up in southern Idaho, dashing efforts to contain a large wildfire in that's burned an estimated 117 square miles.

The fast-moving fire west of Twin Falls was first spotted Saturday afternoon and grew to 75,000 acres within 24 hours. Firefighters had hoped to have it fully contained by Sunday night.

But conditions have improved elsewhere in the West, helping crews gain ground on wildfires in Colorado and Utah.

Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper says cool, wet weather has allowed him to lift the statewide fire ban he ordered last month.

And crews have gained the upper hand on several fires in the state, including the two most destructive in state history. The High Park Fire near Fort Collins is under control and the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs is 98 percent contained.

In Utah, cooler temperatures and rain have helped firefighters make progress on the state's largest active blaze - a more than 108,000-acre wildfire.

(Associated Press)

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