"Western Wildfires Force Evacuations, Firefighter Killed"

"Hundreds of firefighters battled a pair of wildfires that burned out of control in Northern California for a second day on Monday, threatening a clothing-optional resort and forcing the evacuation of some 500 homes. Meanwhile, authorities said a U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed in Idaho while battling a blaze there."

"In California, the Wye Fire and the Walker Fire had charred a total of 5,000 acres by Monday evening in Lake County, a tourist area some two hours north of San Francisco, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The flames forced the closure of a portion of Highway 20, a major road that runs around Clear Lake, a popular summer destination."

Ronnie Cohen reports for Reuters August 14, 2012.

Source: Reuters, 08/14/2012