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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho's wildfire season, the worst since 2007, appears set to keep smoking.

And without help from the weather, federal meteorologists say don't expect the numerous big fires burning in the state to be out for weeks, or longer.

And no such help is in the forecast.

That means towns like Riggins -- socked in by smoke for weeks -- will likely continue to experience unhealthy air quality for the foreseeable future.

Riggins Mayor Robert Crump says the smoky smell of burnt evergreen has become a constant companion, as pine needle-shaped ashes litter locals' cars. He says, There's still stuff falling.

Fighting the blazes also has been expensive, with suppression efforts for big fires in the southern half of Idaho alone running about $143 million.


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