"Firefighters Fight Blazes Across US Northwest, California Wine Region"

"More than a thousand residents in north-central Washington state fled their homes on Friday after a cluster of wildfires erupted around the town of Chelan, while fierce blazes blackened a swath of the drought-stricken U.S. West, officials said.

Firefighters were also dealing with wildfires in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, while crews battling a wildfire near California's celebrated wine region north of San Francisco managed to draw containment lines around more than half of a 24,555-acre (9,940-hectare) blaze that forced about 150 people from their homes.

The so-called Jerusalem Fire forced some residents to evacuate twice in as many weeks after first being displaced by the Rocky Fire, California's fiercest blaze this season."

Eric M. Johnson and Curtis Skinner report for Reuters August 14, 2015.


"Firefighters Struggle To Contain Blazes as Soda Fire Becomes Largest In US" (AP)

"Montana Declares State of Emergency As U.S. Northwest Battles Blazes" (Reuters)

Source: Reuters, 08/17/2015