Idaho Firefighters Make Progress, International Help Arrives
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 70 fire managers from Australia and New Zealand have arrived in Boise and are scheduled to receive protective gear Monday before heading out to fight fires burning in the West.
In Idaho, firefighters planned to hold and secure fire lines against a group of fires burning in timber a couple miles from the northern Idaho town of Kamiah.
The blazes have destroyed 42 homes and scorched about 72 square miles but nearly 800 firefighters have them 45 percent contained.
In west-central Idaho 22 miles northwest of McCall, managers on a 20-square-mile fire say a weather pattern caused heavy smoke to settle over the fire and kept temperatures low with light winds.
Idaho had 16 large fires Monday, the most in the nation.