The wildfire that began on August 7 in central Idaho as the result of a lightning strike grew to new levels of concern over the weekend, spanning an area of more than 100,000 acres, or nearly 160 square miles, as of Sunday.

Hundreds more firefighters were called in to combat the blaze, bringing the total up to 1,200. More than 2,250 residents have been evacuated. It has been reported that insurance companies are providing private engine crews for the protection of homes and structures.

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