Crews target flames in several Western states
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.
Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.
Here’s a brief look at the major wildfires in the West:
Wyoming: More firefighters headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where large, growing wildfires have closed or threaten key roads and forced the evacuation of a large campground during a busy stretch of the summer tourist season.
California: A wildfire on California’s central coast grew to nearly 58 square miles Tuesday. At least 2,400 people were under evacuation orders in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.
Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources.
Montana: Firefighters contained a blaze that threatened about two dozen homes in Missoula County.
Idaho: Authorities ordered evacuations in eastern Idaho where a wildfire burning rangeland and habitat of a threatened bird, the sage grouse, ballooned to 40 square miles.
Oregon: A nearly 50-square-mile fire in eastern Oregon near the Idaho state line was 60 percent contained and threatening Succor Creek State Park.
Utah: Crews were battling a small wildfire in northern Utah that was approaching a ski resort and a separate blaze in southern Utah burning through sage grouse habitat.