Homeowners flee as wildfire nears Dixie

Homeowners flee as wildfire nears Dixie

Homeowners flee as wildfire nears Dixie

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Firefighters are working to protect homes from a wildfire in remote Idaho County as wind gusts pushed the blaze toward the community of Dixie.

Some residents fled Tuesday under a voluntary evacuation order.

The U.S. Forest Service began asking residents to leave Monday as the McGuire Fire Complex grew near the unincorporated community in north-central Idaho.

Firefighters estimated Tuesday the blaze was two miles from the center of Dixie and one mile from the nearest structure.

The fire started with a lightning strike on Aug. 27 and has since spread to more than 24 square miles.

Forest Service spokesman Ted Pettis told the Lewiston Tribune that about 180 firefighters are battling the fire.

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