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August 20th, 2013
09:57 AM ET

Crews Racing to Stop the Beaver Creek Fire

Fire crews in Idaho think they may just may have turned the corner on the massive, 160-square mile Beaver Creek fire near the resort area of Sun Valley.

It's only 9-percent contained and some two thousand homes remain evacuated, but some residents were allowed to return to their homes Monday.

And there's some hope an aerial assault may be slowing the blaze.

Meanwhile, the blaze continues to ravage one of the country's most scenic spots, where many celebrities choose to build multi-million dollar vacation homes.

“Many people think this is an affluent area and it is," says Red Cross official Nicole Irwin, "but there are many people affected by this that are from different economic backgrounds and that's who is staying with us.”

Irwin is referring to residents staying in Red Cross shelters to escape the flames dangerously close to their homes.

“The Beaver Creek fire is a true beast, spreading across an area larger than the city of Denver,” reports CNN’s Dan Simon.

“Surrounded by bone dry trees and brush, it's clear this fire could keep burning for a very long time. The key is to keep the flames away from homes. But the wind has a way of pushing the fire in different directions.”

“We have plenty of resources right now and it's just a matter of having the right people at the right time, which I believe we do at this point in time,” says Fire Incident Commander Beth Lund.

“It's just a lot of work to go ahead and get this thing contained."

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