Wildfires torch through 10 Western states

Wildfires torch through 10 Western states


Devastating wildfires ripped through 10 Western states on Tuesday — destroying homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.

At least 67 blazes ravaged around 918,000 acres from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center

Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.

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The largest was the Bootleg Fire, which has ravaged about 316 square miles in southeast Oregon, state fire officials said.

The fire destroyed about 21 homes and threatened about 2,000 more, officials said.

Firefighters have been unable to contain blazes in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, near the Klamath County town of Sprague River.

Devastating wildfires ripped through 10 Western states on Tuesday. At least 67 blazes ravaged around 918,000 acres from Alaska to Wyoming.AP

“We are under extreme weather conditions. The humidity is low, the fuels are highly flammable and all those provide conditions for significant fire activity,” fire spokesman Daniel Omdal said Tuesday.

The blaze had threatened the power supply

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