High winds are hampering firefighting efforts in eight states, including Idaho, in what one fire official in Colorado called "a war with Mother Nature."
Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, New Mexico and Arizona are all battling significant wildfires today. Making matters worse are additional fire warnings and gust over 40 mph predicted in Boise, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Wyo., Grand Junction, Colo., and Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.
In the past eight days, more than 55,000 acres of land has been scorched across the West, destroying close to 200 homes. So far this year, firefighters have battled more than 1 million acres of smoke nationwide.
Close to home, the Cole Fire charred 50 acres off of Pleasant Valley Road in Kuna Saturday, not far from the Idaho State Prison, south of Boise. Firefighters had to navigate equipment around a natural gas line and numerous transmission lines to control the blaze.
Last week, the Con Shea Fire, near Murphy, burned more than 8,000 acres.