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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire burning in southwestern Idaho has grown to about 62.5 square miles (100.5 km) overnight, forcing the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park.

Kelsey Brizendine, fire information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said Monday that the blaze is expected to grow due to the extremely dry and windy conditions surrounding the area.

Extra resources, including air support, have been requested. Nine engines, two dozers and two water tenders are already on scene.

Officials suspect lightning may have caused the fire on Sunday just southeast of Bruneau. The Owyhee County sheriff’s office evacuated the park Sunday evening.

No buildings had burned late Monday morning, but Brizendine said some structures are threatened by the blaze.

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