SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters in half a dozen western states are battling significant wildfires today.
A state of emergency has been declared in 20 counties in eastern Washington where multiple wildfires are burning. The declaration allows state officials to call up the Washington National Guard and the State Guard.
Washington state officials are worried about extreme fire conditions, including temperatures above 100 degrees and winds forecast at 30 mph in portions of the state east of the Cascade Range. They also worry about a lack of available firefighting resources in the Northwest.
Wildfires are also burning in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and California.
In Oregon, a Klamath County wildfire turned out to be more destructive than authorities initially believed. Fire officials say 17 primary residences were destroyed by the so-called Moccasin Hill fire. Sixteen other structures also burned.
APPHOTO ORKLA302: The shell of a burned pickup truck is all that remains Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at one of a dozen home sites in the Moccasin Hills subdivision north of Sprague River, Ore. A Sunday wildfire swept through the rural community in southern Oregon, scorching 2,900 acres, burning 20 buildings, most of them mobile homes. Communities in Klamath County are rallying to find shelter for those left homeless and provide food and clothing. Cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire erupted one day after the community of a few hundred people celebrated its annual Pioneer Days festival. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Lacey M Jarrell) (15 Jul 2014)
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APPHOTO ORKLA301: Sprague River, Ore., resident David Pool lifts a marble block from the rubble left by the Moccasin Fire, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The stone, which came from the hospital where his oldest son was born, is one of the few items at his home not destroyed by the blaze. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Lacey Jarrell) (15 Jul 2014)
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