Fires scorch western states

more than 6,000 fire fighters battle wildfires that have forced hundreds to evacuate

August 7, 2016

At least six western states reported multiple active wildfires Sunday afternoon. The largest fires are in California, Nevada, Montana and Idaho.

The Soberanes Fire north of Big Sur California has destroyed nearly 60 homes and more than 10 other buildings and blackened 57,500 acres. Forty-five per cent contained by Sunday afternoon, more than 600 residents are still heeding a mandatory evacuation notice. More than 5,000 firefighters have been involved in fighting the fire that was first sparked by an illegal campfire.

The Jackpot wildfire in Warshoe County, NV, has burned more than 1,700 acres and is 20 percent contained.

In Lowman, Idaho, firefighters set up water sprinklers to protect buildings from the Pioneer wildfire that has burned more than 60,882 acres. More than 1,600 firefighters are involved in battling the blaze which was 25 percent contained Sunday afternoon.

The Roaring Lion wildfire in western Montana is now covering more than 8,200 acres in the Bitterroot National Forest. Hundreds of families have been evacuated and at least 14 homes have been destroyed. Fire officials say the fire, now just 25 per cent contained, may not be fully extinguished until the end of September. Stormy weather sparked more fires this weekend.

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