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Idaho Battling More Wildfires Than Any Other State

BOISE, Idaho - Federal officials say crews are battling more wildfires in Idaho than in any other state. National Interagency Fire Center says in a report Friday that about 312,600 acres, or roughly 490 square miles, of active fires were burning in Idaho.

Authorities have reported dozens of blazes, large and small, that have peppered forested parts of the state. Many were touched off by lightning strikes during thunderstorms. One of the latest has erupted on the southeastern corner of the Idaho National Laboratory property. Known as the Middle Butte Fire, lab officials say crews are using bulldozers and airplanes to help fight the blaze that has scorched about 10,000 acres and is 30 percent contained.

In Valley County where the Hurd fire has charred 1,300 acres, some of the 300 evacuated residents in the Tamarack Resort area were allowed back in their homes Friday afternoon.

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