August 20th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

Idaho's Beaver Creek Blaze Burns Over 100,000 Acres

From Washington to Arizona, 49 wildfires are burning out of control right now.

Idaho's Beaver Creek blaze has already scorched over 160 square miles, threatening hundreds of homes in the resort city of Sun Valley.

“Crews seem to be cautiously optimistic that they're making some progress,” reports CNN’s Dan Simon.

“As a first step, hundreds of residents were let back into their homes. That said, there are plenty of areas left to burn.”

The fire continues to ravage one of the country's most scenic spots, where many celebrities choose to build multi-million dollar vacation homes.

Red Cross official Nicole Irwin says, “Many people think this is an affluent area and it is, but there are many people affected by this that are from different economic backgrounds and that's who is staying with us.”

Evacuee Orlanda Cabrito says “I think just not knowing the outcome if we're going to be able go home or if we're going to have a home. I think that's the most nerve wracking.”

“Surrounded by bone dry trees and brush, it's clear this fire could keep burning for a very long time," Simon reports. "The key is to keep the flames away from homes. But the wind has a way of pushing the fire in different directions.”

“We have plenty of resources right now and it's just a matter of having the right people at the right time, which I believe we do at this point in time,” says Fire Incident Commander Beth Lund.

“It's just a lot of work to go ahead and get this thing contained."

Rain is also in the forecast for as early as this evening, which Simon says “could be a mixed blessing.”

“With thunderstorms there could be more lightning, and that in turn could produce more fires, but the bottom line is you should expect to see that containment number rise maybe just a few points today.”

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