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August 19th, 2013
05:43 PM ET

Idaho fire scorches more than 100,000 acres

The stubborn Beaver Creek wildfire has 1,200 firefighters toiling tirelessly in Idaho to keep it from spreading.

The wildfire scorching Sun Valley, Idaho, has already consumed more than 100,000 acres, and threatened 5,000 homes.

"We just have some really extreme weather conditions – extremely dry fuels, and wind, and unstable air mass, and all of those things combined have just made this fire just go all directions," said Beth Lund, with the Great Basin Incident Management Team.

The forecast is calling for rain, but that may not necessarily bring relief to firefighters.

"It's very scattered and unpredictable where the rain will actually fall. So if we're lucky enough to get a little on this fire, it will certainly help a lot. Even a cloud cover would help," said Lund.

"The one thing about thunderstorms, though, is that if they get over your fire and are on top, it can produce very strong down drafts, and it will just blow the fire in all directions," said Lund. "It may be a help and it may be a hindrance."

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