US state struggles to end massive wildfire

Blaze has forced thousands of evacuations in Idaho, and is being strengthened by hot weather and strong winds.

    Emergency crews are busy battling a massive wildfire in the western US state of Idaho that has forced the evacuation of about 2,250 homes.

    The fire raging across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests near high-end developments in the Sun
    Valley area has consumed 41,000 hectares and destroyed one home and seven other buildings since lightning sparked it on August 7.

    More than 1,000 firefighters were engaged in what fire officials called "a heavy air show" and ground assault in a drive to gain the upper hand over a blaze stoked by dry, hot weather and strong, gusting winds.

    Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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