Wildfires burn Western states
A Los Angeles County firefighter helicopter drops water on a wildfire burning through 3,600 acres of the Angeles National Forest near Glendora, Calif., Sept. 4. It could be a week before firefighters can contain the blaze because of high temperatures and rugged terrain in thick brush that hasn't burned in a couple of decades.
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters, Mitch Brookhyser, left, and Denis Cross survey the Williams Fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest near Glendora, Calif., Sept. 4. A 3,600-acre brush fire continued to burn in the Angeles National Forest about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday as crews worked in the steep, rugged terrain to bring the blaze under control. The fire was about 15 percent contained and officials said it could take a week to bring it under control.
A hand crew watches from a burnt hillside as firefighters fight a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, Calif., Sept. 3. A day after the wildfire broke out near a campground, and forced the evacuation of thousands of campers and picnickers, the fire grew to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly six square miles, and was just five percent contained.
The Williams fire continues to spread as night falls in the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 3 north of Glendora, Calif. Three hundred to 400 firefighters are on the ground, with more expected to arrive soon, and at least six air tankers and eight helicopters have been called in.
A firefighting plane drops retardant on the 3,600-acre wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Azusa, Calif., Sept. 2.
A plume of smoke rises from the San Gabriel Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, Sept. 2. A wildfire that broke out in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday forced the evacuation of thousands of visitors and sent a huge cloud of smoke that could be seen from throughout the Los Angeles basin.
An arson fire investigator looks at a burnt car in the hills above San Gabriel mountains in the Angeles National Forest, California, along Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon Sept. 2.
A sky crane helicopter flies past a plume of thick smoke rising from the hills above San Gabriel mountains in the Angeles National Forest, California, along Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon, Sept. 2.
Smoke rises from the Nebraska plains at the Region 23 Complex fire near Crawford, Neb., Sept. 1. As of September 3, the fire had burned 88,180 acres.
An emergency worker inspects a blaze in the 19 Mile Fire in southwestern Montana, Aug. 29. Rapidly expanding wildfires across a broad swath of southern Montana have caused injuries and burned homes, buildings and vehicles, authorities said, as firefighters struggled to contain the flames amid hazardous conditions.
The Suomi NPP satellite captured imagery of the Western U.S. wildfires that have been ravaging California, Oregon, and Idaho for weeks, Aug. 28. Dozens of fires are burning across the parched Western states, each seeing hundreds of thousands of acres charred.
A wildfire burns on Aug. 24 near Featherville, Idaho. A burnout maneuver has so far been successful in reducing fuels between Featherville and the 187-square-mile wildfire that forced the central Idaho community's evacuation a week ago, officials said Aug. 25.
Trevor McPhillips talkes down a burned up tree at a subdivision in Manton, Calif., Aug. 24. Residents of the tiny mountain town of Mineral, Calif., breathed easier after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfire in Northern California just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Sixty-four homes and 20 other buildings have been destroyed, mostly in the Manton area, since lightning ignited the blaze.
Dusty Hoetger watches as smoke rises from the Ponderosa Fire along Highway 36 near Paynes Creek, Calif., Aug. 23.
A fire burns next to the Feather River Motel in Boise National Forest in the community of Featherville, Idaho, Aug. 22.
A truck is left destroyed by the Ponderosa Fire near Manton, Calif., Aug. 22. The Ponderosa Fire, which started Saturday, has destroyed 50 structures and burned more than 24,000 acres. The blaze is at 50 percent containment.
A NASA satellite image shows forest fires burning in Northern California on Aug. 21. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties on Aug. 22 after officials said wildfires in the region had destroyed at least 50 buildings and were threatening hundreds more.
A line of fire from the Rush Fire burns near Ravendale in northern California, Aug. 20.
A firefighter battles the Chips fire near Greenville, California Aug. 20. The fire has forced evacuations and burned over 47,000 acres in Northern California.
The smoke obscures the sun over the Chips fire near Greenville, Calif., Aug. 20.
Dale Kempf relaxes with a book at a Red Cross evacuation center in Redding, Calif., Aug. 20. Kemp was forced to flee his home in Manton Aug 18 due to the Ponderosa Fire. Residents of the small towns, of Manton, Viola and Shingletown were forced to evacuate as flames from the fire neared. The fire, that started Saturday, has destroyed seven homes, burned 23 square miles and is only 5 percent contained.
The charred remains of an outbuilding destroyed by the Ponderosa fire are seen near Manton, Calif., Aug. 20. More than 1,400 firefighters are battling the fire that has destroyed seven homes and burned 23 square miles.
A firefighter uses a chainsaw as he battles the Trinity Ridge Fire in Boise National Forest near Featherville, Idaho, Aug. 19.
A sprinkler sprays water from the top of a structure near a burning section of the Trinity Ridge Fire in Boise National Forest near Featherville, Idaho, Aug.19.
Flames from the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest engulf trees near Pine and Featherville, Idaho on Aug. 17. Authorities on Aug. 18 ordered the evacuation of a small mountain resort in Idaho, as firefighters braced for the possibility that the wildfire could reach the town of Fetherville overnight.
Adrienne Blum loads up her vehicle to evacuate from the nearby Taylor Bridge wildfire between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, Wash. on Aug. 17. Adrienne lives on 15 partly-wooded acres with many dogs, cats and chickens.
A resident asks media crews to leave his property as fire crews continue to battle the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum, Wash. on Aug. 16.
The Bettis Road Valley was charred by the Taylor Bridge Fire Aug. 16, near Cle Elum, Wash. The fire has burned tens of thousands of acres.
Christi Huntley, right, spreads out a tarp while Greg Huntley, center, and a helper unpack a 15,000 gallon above-ground pool they'll fill with water to use against the approaching Taylor Bridge Fire, Aug. 16. The Huntleys are trying to save their lodge by cutting down trees and soaking the surrounding landscape.
Smoke blankets a forest as crews continue to battle the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum, Wash. on Aug. 16.
Flynn Harmon of Cle Elum, Wash. sits on his ATV holding Loner, a German Wirehaired Pointer while looking for his other dog, Frida, on Aug. 16. "I think she was just spooked with the helicopters flying overhead," Harmon said, "So I unlatched both of them and she just darted off into the trees over there. I've searched all that really well. I don't know if somebody possibly picked her up somewhere. I was gonna go start looking at the shelters." Helicopters are being used to try to extinguish the Taylor Bridge Fire, seen burning in the background.
Helicopters drop water on the Taylor Bridge Fire just east of Cle Elum, Wash., Aug. 16.
Firefighters protect a home threatened by the Taylor Bridge Fire outside of Cle Elum, Wash., on Wednesday. Firefighters battled wildfires across the Western U.S., including a massive out-of-control blaze that has destroyed 60 homes and burned more than 20,000 acres between two national forests in Washington state.
A firefighting tanker plane drops fire retardant on homes threatened by the Taylor Bridge Fire on Wednesday outside Cle Elum, Wash., Aug. 15. Wildfires roaring out of control across the sun-scorched West threatened to roll into two small towns in Idaho as firefighters managed to partially dampen a monster blaze that has destroyed 60 homes in Washington state.
A scorched landscape remains in the rural community of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday after a wildfire pushed through, leaving residents only minutes to evacuate.
Cheryl Christian looks out over a charred landscape on Wednesday from her home, which sustained major damage, in Clearlake Oaks, Calif. Christian evacuated with her family only minutes before the fire reached the home.
A NASA satellite image taken Monday shows fires burning in California, Nevada and Oregon. Fires include the Holloway Fire, Barry Point Fire, Reading Fire and the Rush Fire.
A rancher rides past stray calves and a firefighter on Wednesday near Cle Elum, Wash.
A burned-out truck overlooks Highway 20 on Wednesday after a wildfire blazed through the rural community of Clearlake Oaks, Calif.
A fire burns near a house, left, on a hillside Tuesday above Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash., in this composite image. The same house, right, still stands a day later.
Smoke from the Trinity Ridge fire rises into the sky by Anderson Ranch reservoir in Pine, Idaho, on Wednesday.
Men watch as fire roars across ranch land on Tuesday on Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash. The fast-moving wildfire burned 60 homes across nearly 40 square miles of central Washington grassland, timber and sagebrush. No injuries have been reported but more than 400 people have been forced to flee.
Firefighters work to create a break from the fire burning behind them, Aug. 14, on Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash.
The Walker Fire in Lake County, California continues to burn actively on the eastern flank, Aug. 14.
A helicopter drops water taken from the adjacent Yakima River onto a wildfire, Aug. 14, on Highway 10 near Cle Elum, Wash.
As a wildfire scorches the hillside behind him, rancher Scott Gress rides down a road after helping to evacuate stock cattle, Aug. 14, on Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash.
A woman sits on the remains of a home that was destroyed in a wildfire the night before Aug. 14, on Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash.
Cows stand in a pasture as a wildfire burns down a hillside, Aug. 14, near Cle Elum, Wash.
U.S. Forest Service firefighters work on the Springs Fire in Boise National Forest near Banks-Garden Valley, Idaho, Aug. 13. The Idaho blaze, sparked by a utility vehicle that caught fire, has charred nearly 70,000 acres of sagebrush and woodlands east of Boise over the past six days, burning a rental cabin and six non-residential structures, authorities said.
Barry Point Fire burns southwest of Lakeview, Ore. on Aug. 9. Fire officials estimated late that the Barry Point Fire has burned nearly 12 square miles, and made a push during the day toward Drews Reservoir. Authorities advised residents on the reservoir's south shore that they should consider leaving.