Based on the size of the area burned–219,000 acres–the fire would be equivalent of a charred area from Detroit to Chicago a mile and a half wide. The 219,000 acres represent 342 square miles that have been scorched.
All roads to Silver City have been closed and the fire is a top priority among the many fires burning in the West.
For the photo geeks, the image above was shot from the Boise Foothills with an exposure of 1 full minute at f-11 using a 200 mm lens. The digital technology picks up detail not seen with the human eye even from more than 40 miles away and a field of view 40 miles wide.
The telephoto lens and the night perspective make the fire appear to be encroaching on the City of Boise.
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