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Wildfires in northern and western Idaho lead to evacuation warnings


BOISE, Idaho — Northern Idaho residents on Sunday have been told to be ready to flee from a wildfire burning on the Idaho-Washington state border.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office expanded the alert for north of Idaho State Highway 57 to include the Nordman area.

A group of six fires burning mostly in Washington has consumed about 33 square miles. About 765 firefighters are assigned to the blazes. Fire managers say they are facing tough conditions with strong and shifting winds.

In west-central Idaho, a 76-square-mile fire two miles east of Riggins jumped the Salmon River. Some residents in the area have been told to evacuate and others have been told to be ready to leave.

More than 800 firefighters are battling that blaze that's burning through timber.

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