Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in four states
Wildfires are tearing through some hot, drought-stricken areas of the West, including a massive blaze in Northern California. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:
A wildfire that has grown to more than 25 square miles and is burning in hazardous and inaccessible terrain and approaching an increasing number of structures and affecting travel corridors, officials said.
No structures have been damaged, but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations, said the Bureau of Land Management, which is monitoring the fire. Several campgrounds along a highway have been evacuated and Highways 4 and 89 in the Monitor Pass area have been closed, authorities said.
Air tankers and helicopters helped hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe that grown to more than 25 square miles.
One firefighter had a heat-related injury but was treated and is recovering.
Strong erratic winds and severe drought conditions have stoked the fire that was ignited by lightning Friday. About 500 personnel battled the blaze about 20 miles west of the Nevada border.
Smoke from the fire is dispersing as far as Carson City, Nevada.
Cooler weather helped crews make progress against a huge forest fire in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The fire about 90 miles east of Los Angeles was partially contained and holding steady about 27 square miles as firefighters attacked the flames with a fleet of water-dropping aircraft.
About 500 buildings, including old cabins, had been threatened, but none was lost. The flames forced several hundred people to leave camps and vacation homes.
Another blaze near Santa Margarita in central California burned two homes, four mobile homes and two recreational vehicles that people lived in. The fire burned less than 3 square miles, along with 10 other buildings, seven vehicles, a boat and a trailer. It was mostly contained.
Intensifying wildfires in Alaska have led to evacuations in several parts of the state, including a tiny village where residents fled on boats.
A firefighter on one blaze was treated for minor injuries from a bear bite after he encountered the animal while working a fire, fire managers said.
A small fire grew to more than a square mile in size just outside the Yukon River village of Nulato, prompting evacuations Monday evening from the Athabascan community of 250 people.
Other wildfires have prompted evacuations of residents in threatened rural areas. They include a two-fire complex southwest of Nenana that has burned 12 square miles and other fires near the eastern Alaska community of Eureka and just north of Fairbanks.
Fire managers say they have requested additional crews to augment crews stretched thin in Alaska, where some wildfires far from populated areas are monitored rather than suppressed.
A firefighter working the Juneau Lake fire was bitten by a bear on a remote trail in the Chugach National Park on Monday night. Fire information spokeswoman Elayn Briggs says the firefighter was treated minor injuries at an Anchorage hospital, where he was flown after the encounter.
A wildfire scorching a remote part of southwestern Oregon has grown to 5,000 acres, but containment improved to almost 50 percent.
Crews along the southwest edge of the fire will spend Tuesday completing interior burnout operations. Helicopters will support the effort with bucket drops, said incident commander Doug Johnson.
Johnson said fire lines will be tested in the coming days by a heatwave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to the region.
The lightning-sparked blaze started June 11. It's burning 10 miles from Cave Junction on the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest.
Almost 500 people are working on the fire.
A wildfire burning in a remote area of Olympic National Park in Washington state has scorched more than 1 square mile.
Fire managers said Tuesday that the blaze, which is burning in a wilderness area about 13 miles north of Quinault, continues to spread north and northeast into high mountains and rugged terrain.
Fire managers who surveyed the wildfire by air Monday night mapped its size at nearly 800 acres. No properties are currently threatened.
A federal team is being organized to respond.
Park officials say the fire was caused by a lightning strike in late May. It smoldered and wasn't detected until June 14.
The fire is more than 12 miles from the Queets River trailhead.
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