Some Help From The Weather, But Western Wildfires Still Rage

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and calmer winds are helping firefighters make some progress on dozens of wildfires burning in the bone-dry West, but the relief is not likely to last.

More hot, dry, windy weather is in the forecast.

Calling it an uphill battle, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says more than 14,000 new fires have broken out across the West in the past five days. That includes more than 400 reported yesterday alone.

The 50 families who live in the town of Murphy Hot Springs, Idaho, have been told to leave for fear the town might get caught in a nearly 200-square-mile fire near the Nevada line.

The fire agency's Web site shows that more than 70 large fires are now burning in ten Western states. It classifies "large" as any fire that covers at least 100 acres of timberland or 300 acres of grass and brush.


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