In addition to Washington, firefighters are battling flames in five other states and British Columbia.
In addition to fighting the fires in Washington state, firefighters worked to contain flames in other Western locations enduring drought conditions, high winds and high temperatures.
Oregon: Fast-moving wildfires have destroyed a number of homes in Eastern Oregon, and authorities said 37,119 acres had burned in the Canyon Creek Complex Fire. The fire was caused by lightning.
The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park was closed temporarily Sunday to allow for fireline preparation and burnout operations related to the nearby Crescent Fire.
The Warm Springs Reservation fire has charred more than 46,000 acres, driven by high winds that have made it difficult to contain, said Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
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Idaho: A 70-year-old woman was killed when she fell while preparing to flee a wildfire that was expanding quickly east of Lewiston, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday. Cheryl Lee Wissler, of Adams Grade, died Friday from a head injury sustained when she fell, authorities said.
An estimated 30 homes and 75 other structures were destroyed in the blaze, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The fire is surrounding the small town of Kamiah, about 60 miles east of Lewiston, and burned to the edge of Clearwater River, directly across the water from downtown.
Southern California: Light winds helped crews increase containment of a wildfire that destroyed several cabins and charred nearly 2½ square miles of forest near Los Angeles.
The blaze in the Angeles National Forest above the suburbs of Glendora and Azusa was 20 percent contained and holding steady Sunday.
In Los Angeles County, a wildfire that broke out near Lake Castaic on Sunday afternoon burned at least 100 acres and several structures at a former rehabilitation center. A small brush fire that began near a riverbed in Montebello, about 8 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, threatened several structures on an oil field and forced authorities to halt operations at the site.
Authorities said a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter made a hard landing while battling the 25-acre blaze, but no one was seriously hurt.
Meanwhile, crews were mopping up a 189-acre fire that erupted Friday in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles. The blaze, which burned on rolling hills close to subdivisions filled with 500 homes, was contained Saturday without any building damage.
Northern California: Firefighters made more gains against a wildfire 100 miles north of San Francisco that forced mountain-town dwellers to evacuate for the second time in days. Wind shifts sent smoke from the fire all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, where residents turned to social media to report the haze.
The National Weather Service said smoky conditions were likely to remain in the area.
Two fires have charred dry Lower Lake, the most recent burning 39 square miles of thick brush and oak trees in Lake and Napa counties. It was 82 percent contained by Sunday. An earlier, larger fire in the same area was fully contained Friday more than two weeks after it broke out. It destroyed 43 homes.
Colorado: Lightning storms across northwest Colorado are being blamed for several wildfires, including one north of Craig that was estimated at 450 acres. The Bureau of Land Management says no injuries have been reported and one home was evacuated.
The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit says nine fires were ignited Saturday. Firefighters say the fires were pushed in multiple directions by erratic winds from passing storms.
Montana: Better weather conditions Sunday aided firefighting efforts on most wildfires burning in western Montana and prevented new major fire starts.
Fires are burning in Glacier National Park and in other national forests and on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The state’s biggest fire has burned nearly 21 square miles in Glacier.
British Columbia: A large wildfire was burning Sunday in southeastern British Columbia, several days after the blaze began, forcing hundreds from their homes. Another two wildfires in the heart of B.C.’s wine country continued to smolder Sunday, with scores of residents still forced from their homes, The Canadian Press reported. Two fires were raging near the picturesque tourist town of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley.