Mustang fire consumes 80,000 acres

Many in Idaho evacuate from fires, some in CA able to return home

LOS ANGELES, | August 18, 2012

Idaho firefighters Saturday held open evacuation routes for residents fleeing wildfires, while authorities said a Southern California blaze was under control.

The Mustang Complex Fire in Idaho has consumed nearly 80,000 acres, The Missoulian reported.

Firefighters there were working Saturday to keep open a single road along the Salmon River to allow residents to evacuate by road and river.

The Mustang Complex fire was moving northeast toward Montana, while a separate blaze, the Lost Packer Fire, moved south toward Corn Creek.

Efforts to protect homes and businesses along the river have prevented any damage, and no firefighters or residents have been injured.

In California, authorities lifted an evacuation order for two remote communities after they said a wildfire in northeastern San Diego County was largely contained, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Vallecito Lightning Complex fire has burned more than 22,000 acres around Ranchita and San Felipe. Three small fires had been contained, Cal Fire said Friday, while two larger fires were 90 percent and 75 percent contained.

More than 1,500 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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