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@ This Hour: Crews Battle 170-Square-Mile Fire in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A fire at the Idaho National Laboratory site in southeastern Idaho has burned 170 square miles since it started yesterday afternoon.

Officials said Wednesday no "critical infrastructure" had burned.

But the blaze did char power lines, causing loss of electricity to the Materials & Fuels Complex, where research and development of nuclear fuels takes place. The complex, 28 miles west of Idaho
Falls, is being powered by diesel generators.

About 300 firefighters from the Idaho National Laboratory and the Bureau of Land Management are on scene with 28 fire engines, a helicopter, nine bulldozers, five air tankers and an air attack
plane.

Officials say bulldozers are focusing on the north front between the lab site and State Highway 33 and on the west front, which is still on the 890-square-mile site.
      
 

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