(NBC News) For the first time in almost two weeks there seems to be a cautious sense of optimism along the front lines of Idaho's massive Beaver Creek fire.
Crews have been able to establish containment lines in key areas, and now feel like they are starting to get the upper hand on the blaze.
"Before, any work we were doing was being out-run by the fires so we were actually loosing containment everyday, but now we'll be able to see some good gains," says Fire Information Officer Jake Brollier.
As firefighters gain ground about 800 of the more than 2,000 residents initially evacuated have been allowed to go home, but more than 7,000 houses are still in jeopardy.
-- Jay Gray, NBC News, reports