TODAY   |  August 17, 2013

Wildfire threatens Idaho resort towns

In the heart of Idaho’s ski country, the Beaver Creek fire has scorched more than 64,000 acres, and firefighters continue to work to control the blaze. TODAY’s Thomas Roberts reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> of people in idaho forced to evacuate because of a huge wildfire burning there. the situation could go from bad to worse with high winds in the forecast today. in the heart of idaho's ski country , the beaver creek fire scorched more than 64,000 acres as firefighters try to gain the upper hand. the fire triggered evacuations for 1600 homes. along with the fire, huge plumes of thick smoke.

>> it is scary. the air quality is reason to get out of town.

>> they have lined the highways. they aren't looking to take chances. hundreds of firefighters trying to contain the blaze. itis one of dozens of large wildfires burning across the west fueled by high temperatures and strong winds. we could leave for a couple days and see if it blows over and come back for another ten days or we might head back to seattle where the air is clear.

>> this is an area that's a second home to big celebrities like arnold schwarzenegger , tom hanks and bruce willis are out there. it is major.

>> it is. when you hear numbers like that, more firefighters going out there makes you think about it.