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Monday, August 20, 2012

US Wildfires: Hundreds of thousands of acres still burning as wildfires rage

(CNN) -- Wildfires continued to scorch large swaths of the western United States on Sunday, with firefighters doing their best to corral a host of blazes despite high temperatures, low humidity and possible lightning in many locales.

Two of the biggest, still raging conflagrations are in Idaho's expansive Salmon-Challis National Forest, one of several places -- along with most of the rest of the Gem State as well as parts of Oregon, Utah and Montana -- where the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings through at least Sunday night.

The largest is the Halstead Fire, centered about 18 miles northwest of Stanley, according to InciWeb, a U.S. government-operated multiagency fire response website. Sparked by lightning on July 27, this blaze that's charred around 92,000 acres was still only 3% contained by midday Sunday.

The fire has prompted a number of evacuations, including that of the entire small town of Featherville on Saturday night.