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Resort Towns In Idaho Threatened By Wildfires

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Originally Published on: 8/19/2013

Resort towns in Idaho are being threatened by raging wildfires and authorities are urging residents to get out now. Brianna Keilar has the latest. "Well, I came up here earlier and the tears started to come and the heart started to race," said one witness. Sunday morning, a desperate fight to save lives and property. The so-called Beaver Creek Fire is now threatening to destroy neighborhoods, vacation homes and ski area in Ketchum and Sun Valley. Residents are being told to get their essential belongings and pets and get out now. "My mom prompted me to come down and I didn't think it was a big deal, and then coming down south, I realized I'm glad not to be up north," said one witness. While some people are speeding out of town, others are watching the fire from a nearby hillside. Robert Cole has lived in the area for the past 15 years. "I've seen a lot of disasters in my lifetime, like, you know, tornadoes down in Oklahoma where I come from, but never seen any fires that threatened my home like this. It's unbelieveable man," Cole said. Jack Dees, a local insurance agent, is getting phone calls from his clients. They want to know where the fire is headed and what's being done to stop it. "Everybody from kinds out of town wants to know what's going on," he says. "They got more people helping them, which makes them feel a little better in a time like this, which is pretty nerve-wracking." The wildfire was sparked by lightning on August 7 and hundreds of local and nattional firefighters are using everything at their disposal to contain the blaze, which is turning out to be unpredictable and dangerous.
   
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