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Western wildfires 2015 * 2016
Crews battle wildfires raging across four Western U.S. states
6/18/15 JUNEAU, Alaska/PHOENIX - Wildfires raging in four West Coast states have forced more than 1,000 people to be evacuated from their homes this week in rapidly growing blazes that mark an early start to what experts say may be a particularly destructive fire season.
The fires, spread by wind and exacerbated by very dry conditions, have already consumed more than 100 structures in Alaska, and were threatening others in drought-hit California and Arizona.
In a national forest outside Los Angeles, some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and bulldozers were battling the Lake Fire, which was raging across some 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) and was just 5 percent contained, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
More than 150 people were forced to evacuate various camps, as officials closed hiking trails and roads, and structures were threatened, the county said.
In Alaska, crews of up to nearly 500 firefighters have been battling two massive fires all week that have destroyed more than 100 structures, forced nearly 1,000 people from their homes and restricted traffic on a major highway.
The first fire, which began on Sunday, burned more than 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) and the second blaze, which erupted on Monday, had more than doubled to 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares) by Thursday afternoon.
As those blazes raged on, firefighters in Arizona reported that they were battling a now 1,100-acres (445-hectare) brush fire burning near the small town of Kearny, southeast of Phoenix, that had forced about 300 area residents from their homes.
By mid-morning, most of the evacuees had been allowed to return home as more than 250 firefighters worked to keep the blaze away from any additional structures. The blaze was so far about 15 percent contained, has burned at least three residences and two other structures, plus a vehicle, fire officials said.
In eastern Washington state, firefighters were bracing for high winds from Thursday afternoon into Friday as they worked to contain the remaining half of a roughly 150-acre (61-hectare) blaze southwest of Spokane, fire department spokesman Brian Schaeffer said.
In Oregon, where officials say the fire season has started at least a month early, the state's department of forestry is increasing fire prevention restrictions, including prohibiting smoking in vehicles, starting campfires, and setting off fireworks.
Rural Washington homes threatened by massive wildfire
WATERVILLE, Wash. -- Officials in central Washington are encouraging about 100 people to leave their homes Sunday in the path of a fast-growing wildfire.
The Douglas County sheriff's office issued evacuation notices Sunday morning for people living in the Palisades and Rimrock neighborhoods of Waterville, but the Rimrock evacuations were canceled later in the day.
About 300 structures are still threatened, but not all are homes people are currently occupying, fire spokesman Jeff Sevigny said. Some of the buildings are vacation homes.
Those in the area should not wait for an evacuation notice, however, and move their family to safety if they see the fire getting closer, Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal told KING-TV.
The Douglas County complex of fires, which started Friday evening, has grown to cover about 30 square miles, fire officials said. No structures have been destroyed by the two fires that officials believe were started by lightning.
Five lightning strikes started five fires on Friday night, but the wildfires have grown together and are now considered two fires, Gjesdal said.
The bigger fire -the one threatening homes - was burning in brush, grass and sage about 10 miles southeast of Waterville.
About 300 people from multiple local and state agencies were fighting the Douglas County fires on Sunday, with aircraft and other firefighting equipment. The fire was about 10 percent contained as of late Sunday afternoon.
The level of fire danger in many areas of Washington state remains very high or extreme.
An unusually dry winter, combined with hot, dry weather early in the summer, has made the area especially susceptible to wildfires, Gjesdal said.
Washington state wildfires kill 3 firefighters
August 20, 2015 - Twisp River fire outta control.
Even in Montana they are choking on smoke from fires all over the west.
Winds have been 5 to 10 mph but that's deceiving because wildfires will create their own weather
Wildfires advance on Twisp, Riverside and Winthrop in north-central Washington.
The 3 firefighters who died were near Twisp and were involved in a vehicle accident before the fire overtook their vehicle.
Will the Shemitah curse fall September 13, 2015
America, China, Russia and the world standing at the Gate of Hell
DAYS to go til we know. I'm NOT predicting, just WATCHING.
Some claim the biblical tribulation may begin this fall.
California wildfires 2013 - 2015 (old, locked)
HARBINGER WARNINGS - Isaiah 9 prophecy
When GOD destroys USA, you cant say He didnt WARN us!
DAILY NEWS with prophetic analysis
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
We're not in the ToJT period yet - but nonetheless we're seeing a preview of it.
Thing's AREN'T getting better!
Washington state is being consumed by a 'slow-motion disaster'
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is traveling to the frontline to visit the firefighters battling some of the worst fires the state has ever seen.
A “slow-motion disaster” is devouring Washington state.
That's how Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) described the wildfires burning up his state during a press conference in Chelan, Wash., Thursday, before traveling to the fire lines to address crews fighting the blazes that have destroyed an area nearly the size of Rhode Island this season.
Governor Inslee expressed his gratitude to the Washington crews, as well as the 71 firefighters who have come to help from as far as Australia and New Zealand, and the closer-to-home 200 active-duty troops who were dispatched from a base in Tacoma, Wash.
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"They know they're in danger and this danger is persistent," he said.
Inslee said the fires were more spread out across the state than last year and so far had burned about 1,144 square miles.
"This is not just a local fire, it's a statewide slow-motion disaster," Inslee said.
MG Bret Daugherty, who commands the Washington National Guard, was traveling with Inslee. He said there were about 1,000 National Guard troops helping firefighting efforts, including 200 on the fire lines. As many as 1,300 firefighters are working to stop the blazes, with about 17 percent of the fire contained as of this writing.
This year has been one of the worst fire seasons on record in the United States, with some 11,600 square miles burned so far. It's the most area destroyed by this date in a decade.
So far, officials have counted 40 homes and 40 outbuildings destroyed by the Okanogan blaze, just south of the Canadian border, the largest fire ever recorded in the state.
"You can imagine how stretched thin everybody is," said Dan Dallas, deputy incident commander of the Okanogan fire. "We're all working without the resources that in a normal year – which I don't think there is such a thing anymore – that we might have."
Dense smoke has been a problem for crews east of the Cascade Range battling fires by helicopter and airplane. Those massive fires have grounded aid aircraft.
Crews battling a 262-square mile blaze near the town of Republic, south of the Canadian border, were also dealing with smoke as well as flames, according to fire spokesman Donnie Davis.
In Spokane County, which has nearly 500,000 residents, the air quality was deemed unhealthy, causing respiratory problems even for people far from the fire lines.
Fires threatening communities around West
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber.
About 140 homes and ranches were considered at risk in California, where a 1,400-acre fire was tearing through coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara, scorching an area that hadn't burned in 60 years.
The chaparral was "very dry, very dead-on-the-ground fuel for the fire," said Gina DePinto, communications manager for Santa Barbara County.
About 800 firefighters struggled to reach the narrow, brush-choked coastal canyons to attack the flames. A fleet of aircraft had better luck Thursday but nightfall brought a rise in gusty, erratic "sundowner" winds that had pushed the blaze Wednesday night.
Fire official said early Friday that the blaze had calmed a bit after surging Thursday night.
For a second night, a freeway, U.S. 101, was closed in the area.
Hundreds of people were forced from campgrounds after the fire erupted Wednesday.
Charlie and Elizabeth Hatten spent the night at a shelter after a park ranger woke them as they camped at El Capitan State Beach.
"The flames looked so close. You couldn't see the moon anymore," Charlie Hatten told the Los Angeles Times.
The campgrounds remained closed but fire officials said nobody remained at the shelters Thursday.
In central New Mexico, a blaze that began Tuesday, spread across 16,000 acres by Thursday night, forcing evacuations and burning 24 homes along the way. The fire also destroyed 21 minor structures.The fire blackened 25 square miles and blanketed Albuquerque, the state's largest city, in a thick haze.
The fire was expected to continue moving east and northeast and posed an imminent threat to the small community of Chilili, the Tajique area, and the Ponderosa Pine residential area, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez took to the air in a National Guard helicopter on Thursday to look over the devastation, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.
"This is a serious fire," Martinez said later during a news conference and an Estancia school, where the command center for the firefighters is located. "We want to make sure New Mexicans understand that."
Extremely hot and dry weather was forecast to continue into the weekend, although gusty winds should ease, fire officials said.
In east-central Arizona, progress was made against a 12-square-mile blaze that broke out Wednesday south of Show Low.
Wildfires in 3 States
June 19, 2016 - Major wildfires burning across the West have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced evacuations. In New Mexico, a wildfire exploded in size on Thursday. The Desert Southwest highs could climb near 120 degrees, including in Phoenix, where it hasn't been that hot in more than 20 years.
Dog Head Fire - A state of emergency has been declared as the Dog Head Fire tripled to 17,000 acres, forcing evacuations in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque.
North Fire - Fire crews worked to secure a section of line of the North Fire in New Mexico's San Mateo Mountains. The lightning-caused North Fire started May 21 and is only 30 percent contained.
Cedar (creek) fire - 10,000 acres
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Sherpa Fire has consumed 6,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern Santa Barbara County as it swept toward the Pacific Ocean.
Fire scares Los Angeles
June 20, 2016 - A brush fire near downtown Los Angeles threatened densely populated Silver Lake neighborhood. Neighbors scrambled with garden hoses and buckets, while water-dropping helicopters and firefighters doused hillsides. The blaze charred 8 acres.
New Mexico fire near Albuquerque largely uncontained.
Arizona fire 40% containment.
2 big wildfires in LA-area foothills burn toward each other
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two wildfires that together burned 7 square miles and drove several hundred people from their homes in foothill suburbs of Los Angeles were growing fast and surging closer to each other.
Aggravated by triple-digit heat that hastened similar fires from the Pacific Coast to New Mexico, the two blazes erupted Monday near Azusa and Duarte and gave a big scare to homeowners before burning mostly away from the cities and toward the Angeles National Forest.
Charlie Downing, out of breath and with his shirt off because of the heat, said when he first smelled fire and felt heat that he ran outside of his house in Duarte and was astonished by size and nearness of the flames.
"I came running over just to look and it was 15 to 20 feet in the air," Downing told reporters. "By the time I came back and told my grandma and my kids to get in the car, it was right by the car."
He and two neighbors sprayed the flames with their yard hoses until firefighters arrived minutes later.
It was "very fortunate" that the fire then shifted toward the mountains, though it could easily move back during the night, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief John B. Tripp said.
"If we get down-canyon winds, it could shift and homes could be in danger again," Tripp said.
The fires were less than 2 miles apart, burning out of control, and could soon merge into one, authorities said.
Two towering columns of smoke visible by day became a single vast glow after night fell.
Elsewhere, crews made progress against a nearly week-old blaze in rugged coastal mountains west of Santa Barbara. Overnight winds pushed flames into previously burned areas, allowing firefighters to boost containment to 54 percent.
Most mandatory evacuations will be lifted Wednesday morning and nearly all by Saturday, authorities said Monday night.
About 270 homes and other buildings were threatened by the blaze, which has charred more than 12 square miles since Wednesday.
Another wildfire was growing near Potrero, a small desert town close to the Mexico border. It surged to nearly 12 square miles and forced the evacuation of about 75 people from the ranching community about 40 miles southeast of San Diego.
Other blazes burned wide swaths across Arizona and New Mexico, where firefighters also faced blistering temperatures.
In central New Mexico, a 28-square-mile fire that erupted last week and destroyed 24 homes in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque showed signs of slowing down. Higher humidity has allowed crews to strengthen lines around the fire, and some evacuees would be allowed to return home on Tuesday.
In eastern Arizona, a fire doubled to nearly 42 square miles and led officials to warn a community of 300 residents to prepare to evacuate. The blaze on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation southwest of Show Low was not moving quickly toward the community of Cedar Creek because of sparse vegetation and shifting winds.
California fires may merge
June 22, 2016 - Two wildfires in Los Angeles suburbs are growing fast and surging closer to each other. The fires were less than 2 miles apart, burning out of control, and could soon merge into one.
June 24, 2016 - A fast-moving Erskine wildfire torched 60 homes. Firefighters evacuating residents. 2 people who died in a central California wildfire were trying to flee when they were killed. They were outside of their house and overcome with smoke. The blaze has grown to 47 square miles and is still burning out of control.
California wildfires burn near Los Angeles and Big Sur
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals that was being evacuated, authorities said.
Southern California firefighters toiled in another day of triple-digit heat from a dome of high pressure over the region. While Central Coast temperatures were more moderate, conditions included winds and low humidity.
The fire in northern Los Angeles County grew to 20,000 acres, or more than 31 square miles, spreading smoke across the city and suburbs, reducing the sun to an orange disk at times. Containment was estimated at just 10 percent.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned that at times air would reach unhealthy levels. Suburban Pasadena and Glendale closed their municipal pools because of smoke and falling ash.
The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the Sand Canyon area of suburban Santa Clarita near State Route 14 as the region was gripped by high heat and very low humidity. Winds pushed it into the adjacent Angeles National Forest.
Los Angeles California wildfires
July 24, 2016 - Fast-moving Sand Fire forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles. Burned body found
Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated
July 24, 2016
Los Angeles (AFP) - A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate.
The blaze, which has been dubbed the "Sand Fire" after a nearby neighborhood, is only 10 percent contained, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
Local media reported that a burned body had been recovered in the city of Santa Clarita, located some 35 miles (55 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles, although it was unclear if the individual had died in the blaze.
The fire has been burning in California's Santa Clarita Valley since Friday, but has now shifted to threaten more populated areas such as the Sand Canyon neighborhood of Santa Clarita, county fire officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
At least 1,500 homes are threatened, the Times reported.
Orange flames could be seen lapping at the night sky early Sunday, as a number of roads remained closed and health officials warned of poor air quality and hazardous smoke.
More than 900 firefighters are battling the blaze and residents have been evacuated, NWCG reported.
It added that structures had been destroyed or damaged although it was unable to confirm specific properties.
Local media reported that ash and smoke could be seen as far away as Pasadena and Malibu.
California is experiencing a record five-year drought and trees and brush are at risk of igniting from the smallest spark.
California Wildfire Triples in Size
July 25, 2016 - California wildfire continued to rage near Los Angeles on Monday, with firefighters likely still days away from getting it under control. The so-called Sand fire in the Angeles National Forest has grown by about 10,000 acres a day since it was first reported Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, it had grown beyond 33,000 acres, with only 10 percent of it contained.
July 30, 2016 - Williams Canyon Soberanes Fire near Carmel Valley July 29, 2016.
A deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast could grow 5 times bigger.
Soberanes Fire is burning south of Carmel-by-the-sea. 500 fire trucks along with 14 helicopters and 6 air tankers have been deployed to fight the blaze. 15% containment.
IDAHO Pioneer Fire
Aug 2, 2016 - Pioneer Fire burning about eight miles north of Idaho City is expanding to the east and north is just 30 percent contained. Firefighters had to abandon fire lines Sunday, and drones once again interfered with aircraft operations.
Storms near Montana wildfire pose potential threat to firefighters, officials say
By Daniel Uria | Aug. 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM
HAMILTON, Mont., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Strong winds and lightning caused by predicted strong thunderstorms in the Montana area could cause threats to the emergency crews fighting the wildfire called the Roaring Lion Fire.
Officials told KECI that the severe weather conditions could have an effect on the fire similar to "opening the flue on a wood-burning stove."
Sudden downdraft winds from the base of a thunderstorm, known as microbursts, can cause trees to fall with little to no warning, while lightning and low moisture content could cause more fires.
"Our concern will be keeping the troops safe," meteorologist Dan Borsum told the Missoulian. "There are a lot of burned trees on the fire. Those high winds could knock down a lot of them. In terms of making progress, progress will have to yield to safety for a couple days. We'll do what we can."
Chris Grove, of U.S. Forest Service, told the Ravalli County Commission resources could be diverted to allow a team to focus on putting out new fires.
"We don't need any little ones getting big on us," he said.
More than 500 families have been evacuated from the area due to the blaze, which began July 31.
According to Borsum, a tenth of an inch or more of rain could fall onto the fire, which has burned about 8,000 acres and consumed 16 homes, but heavier and more consistent rains would be required to dampen the blaze.
"To be helpful for firefighting, we look for moisture to linger to make a better adjustment to the fuels that are driving the fire," he said. "A quick rain like that doesn't penetrate the canopy. It may not do the job for us even if we do get a little bit of moisture."
Bitterroot Forest Fire Management Officer Mark Wilson said Stage 1 fire restrictions, which would prohibit campfires and smoking outside of designated areas, could be implemented in the area by Monday.
"Fire behavior has been out-performing the indices," he said. "We haven't been able to nail down why. It may be that the heavy dead fuel is a little drier than what we thought."
New California Wildfire Burns Through 1,500 Acres in 8 Hours
A wildfire that started just after noon in Southern California on Sunday had already consumed 1,500 acres by nightfall, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.
Known as the Pilot fire, the blaze ripped through dry timber and brush in a mountainous area about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, consuming more than two square miles of forest in just over 8 hours, with 0 percent containment as of the most recent update by firefighters.
Crews worked through the night and into Monday morning to beat back the fast-moving inferno. Officials have deployed 400 firefighters, 36 engines, 5 bulldozers, 8 helicopters and 8 air tankers to help bring the situation under control.
The fire caused the closure of several highways crossing the area, while mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents of nearby Summit Valley.
Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California
A rampaging wildfire that descended on a small Northern California town over the weekend destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses, authorities said on Monday, as crews fought to save more dwellings from the flames.
The so-called Clayton fire, which broke out on Saturday evening, was driven by fierce winds into the foothill community of Lower Lake, some 80 miles (129 km) north of San Francisco, burning everything in its path and forcing hundreds of residents to flee.
A damage assessment team was working to determine how many structures were lost, said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But he added, “we know it’s well over 100,” mostly homes.
The conflagration is one of 24 major wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. West which all together have charred nearly 300,000 acres.
The so-called Chimney fire, which erupted on Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo County, had scorched more than 4,300 acres in less than 48 hours, destroying 20 structures and threatening some 150 others as hundreds of residents were told to evacuate.
That blaze was only 10 percent contained as of Monday morning.
The Soberanes fire, one of the largest so far this season, has burned through more than 72,000 acres near scenic Big Sur, destroying 57 homes and 11 outbuildings since it broke out on July 22. It was 60 percent contained as of Monday. (Reuters)
California is in flames right now, with fires fueled by historic drought
Authorities in California arrested a man in connection with a massive blaze that has consumed more than 175 structures, many of them homes, and burned more than 4,000 acres north of San Francisco.
The suspect, Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, was charged with multiple counts of arson. Investigators are working to determine whether Pashilk is responsible for setting other fires in an area that has been plagued by wildfire for several years.
Dry conditions and high winds have made the Clayton fire nearly impossible to control. “The winds really kicked up, and the fire crossed over tentative lines in place [to slow its advance] and started impacting a whole new area,” Suzie Blankenship, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Monday. “Once it creates that momentum, it really moves. They had a good handle on it. We had this fire contained at 5 percent Saturday. But today it’s still 5 percent. It tells you that the fire keeps moving and moving and moving in different directions.”
Flames from the Sand fire near Santa Clarita, Calif., are reflected in a backyard swimming pool. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
The fire has added to a summer of misery in California. The state has nine active wildfires as large as 25 acres or more, including the Clayton fire that forced nearly 1,500 residents to flee their homes after it erupted Saturday in dry conditions created by the state’s extreme drought. On Sunday the blaze doubled in size.
More than 3,800 fires have scorched over 112,900 acres of state land since January. That’s 20 percent more fires than at this point last year, and well above the state’s five-year average of 3,200 fires and 85,900 acres for the same time span. Wildfires are also charring federally owned land in the state. Add those in, and the number of fires shoots to 4,600 with more than 306,000 acres burnt in 2016, according to Cal Fire.
As of Monday, the federal National Interagency Fire Center showed California leading the fire-prone West in the number, size and intensity of wildfires. In June, the U.S. Forest Service estimated that 26 million trees had died in six counties across 760,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains that run along California’s spine — bringing the number of dead trees, which are fuel for fire, to 66 million during four years of drought. The service blames heat, dryness and a greedy little beetle for the devastation.
LA-Area Blue Cut Wildfire Now 22% Contained, Still 36,000 Acres
The nearly 1600 firefighters battling the Blue Cut wildfire east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County made their biggest gain Thursday against the ferocious blaze: By Thursday night it was 22 percent contained, a sharp increase from a mere 4 percent containment at the start of the day, officials said.
But San Bernardino County fire officials also announced Thursday night that the fire's size had increased to 35,969 acres from about 31,000 acres earlier in the day.
The containment lines were established on the east side of the fire in an area where evacuees were already allowed to return Thursday afternoon, so there will unlikely be canceled evacuations, The AP reported.
More than 34,000 homes and 82,000 residents were under evacuation orders at one point during the blaze, which began Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. in the Cajon Pass in hot, gusty conditions near Interstate 15, officials said.
Many home have burned, but the exact number remains unclear.
No fire-related deaths have been reported so far.
On Thursday, local police said three people were arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and looting for attempting to steal a flatbed truck and other items from a house that was evacuated.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said deputies responded to a call Thursday morning reporting three suspicious people, who told the deputies they were picking up property for the owner.
Deputies called the homeowner who told them he made no such request.
Wildfires Spread in Washington State, Forcing Hundreds to Flee
Hot and windy conditions caused a cluster of wildfires to erupt around the city of Spokane on Sunday, torching several homes and forcing hundreds to flee.
The Spokane Complex Fire, composed of several blazes, progressed quickly on Sunday afternoon and continued to challenge firefighters who worked through the night.
Emergency Crews Battle Large Wildfires in 6 Western States
Hot, dry and windy conditions have created a perfect storm for the spread of large wildfires in several western states, including a massive blaze in California that has destroyed 135-square miles of forest.
In addition, Washington, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon each had their hands full with large active wildfires. A total of 26 active blazes have burned more than 415,000 acres in eight western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
So far this year, some 38,000 wildfires have torched more than 4 million acres, according to their latest figures.
In central California, a wildfire charred 33,173 acres and destroyed more than 30 homes while threatening 1,900 structures, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,400 people. Emergency crews had that blaze 35 percent contained late Monday, according to Cal Fire.
Nearly 2,000 emergency personnel continued to battle a massive blaze in northern California that started over one month ago but continues to gain ground. That fire, burning north of the Big Sur coastal area, has been blamed for one death and three injuries and has destroyed 57 homes, according to Cal Fire.
In Washington state, a cluster of wildfires ringed the city of Spokane, destroying more than a dozen homes and forcing hundreds to flee. The largest of those blazes, known as the Yale Road Fire, grew to nearly 3,500 acres on Monday, as crews struggled to suppress the flames that have so far destroyed 10 homes.
In Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, a 35 square-mile wildfire did not keep visitors from enjoying the wildlife and scenery, even as it continued to expand in a remote area along the park's western boundary, the Associated Press reported.
Officials in Montana issued evacuation orders to a rural community after a wildfire doubled in size in one day, the AP reported. Winds blowing up to 40 mph created volatile conditions in which fires can quickly expand or change direction. Some 20 homes and other buildings were threatened as 317 firefighters responded to the blaze.
In Oregon, a fast-moving wildfire first spotted Sunday afternoon quickly became one of the state's largest active blazes, according to the AP. Officials say nearly 50 square miles have been burned near the Idaho state line as about one hundred firefighters struggled to contain it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.