Over 100 cattle killed in Idaho wildfire

Wildfires originating from lightening strikes last Wednesday burned thousands of acres of land and killed at least 100 head of cattle as it spread over the weekend.

Crews were hoping to suppress the flames to control the fire by the end of the weekend, but the fire continued to spread as the fire jumped across fire lines and moved closer to neighborhoods.

Firehouse reports over 550 people battled the fire as timber and brush fueled the flames.  Cattle producers attempted to contain the fire by cutting fire lines on their property.

The wildfires were moving too quickly in one area, spreading across sagebrush to close in on a herd of cattle. Over 100 cattle were lost in the fire with no time to escape.

The Associated Press reports firefighters are making progress towards containing both wildfires. The wildfire near Pine, Idaho is the number one priority fire in the country and has burned 80,000 acres.