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Fire Keeps Idahoans From Favorite Summer Getaway Spot

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Fire Keeps Idahoans From Favorite Summer Getaway Spot

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Fire Keeps Idahoans From Favorite Summer Getaway Spot

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A cold front moving through the Northwest is expected to do more harm than good for fire crews battling massive blazes in southern Idaho. Forecasters predict very low humidity on top of winds that could reach 30 miles per hour.

The gusts have already started blowing embers over Featherville, Idaho. Crews there are defending the resort town from the 109,000-acre Trinity Ridge Fire.

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Fire crews work a burnout near Featherville, Idaho, on Aug. 22. Photo courtesy of Boise National Forest hide caption

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The smoke has created a haze over the region. Angel Alt is a barista at Timber Creek Espresso, a popular coffee kiosk in Mountain Home, Idaho. It’s south of the fire.

“Everybody is talking. How’s it going, how are people doing," Alt says. "Because for Mountain Home, that’s our recreational area. We would go to Pine and Featherville because that’s where all the beautiful trees are and the water. And not only that but with people not being able to drive up there, that’s affected a lot of outside people from driving through our town with of course is naturally going to affect businesses.”

Residents of far northern California are also suffering from the fallout of wildfires. Eighty-four homes have been consumed in the Ponderosa Fire, making that region the nation’s No. 1 priority for fire resources.

On the Web:

Trinity Ridge Fire updates:

http://inciweb.org/incident/3088/

Images from NASA satellites show the flames of Northwest fires burning as brightly as the lights of major cities:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20120820-nightfires.html

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