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Beaver Creek Fire forces evacuation of 1,600 homes in Idaho [photos]

Extreme fire activity has forced the evacuation of 1,600 homes near Idaho’s Sun Valley, KVAL is reporting.

More than 600 state and federal firefighters were working to get the blaze under control and protect homes in the affluent resort region that’s a second home to celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis.

Another 1,000 firefighters were expected to report to the scene later Friday night, said Shawna Hartman, spokeswoman for the Beaver Creek Fire.

One unconventional weapon in the fight against the wildfire: snow making machines.

Update:

The fire reportedly burned through an additional 30,000 acres overnight.

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