Washington Firefighters Battle Heat and High Wind

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.

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