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Idaho wildfires burning in timber and grass expand

August 1, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three Idaho wildfires burning in timber and grass have grown as firefighters deal with rugged terrain, high temperatures and gusty winds.

In central Idaho, a wildfire about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of Bellevue on Wednesday grew to 60 square miles (155-square-kilometers).

Officials say about 220 firefighters are working to protect small towns and ranches in the area from the Sharps Fire that’s 21 percent contained and burning north into the Sawtooth National Forest.

In west-central Idaho, the Mesa Fire is up to 50 square miles (130 square kilometers). About 450 firefighters are battling that blaze that’s 26 percent contained. U.S. Route 95 remains open through the area.

North of that fire, about 500 firefighters are assigned to the 6-square-mile (16-square-kilometer) Rattlesnake Creek that is threatening several small communities.

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