"Wildfires Rage in U.S. Northwest, Army And Foreign Crews Called In"

"U.S. crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked across the Pacific Northwest contended with high winds on Thursday, a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state.

Authorities late Thursday ordered the immediate evacuation of the small community of Tonasket, nestled along the bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Washington, impacting about 1,000 people.

On Wednesday, some 4,000 households in the riverfront towns of Twisp and Winthrop, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Tonasket, were also forced to flee the encroaching blaze."

Eric M. Johnson reports for Reuters August 21, 2015.


"Wildfire smoke bringing haze to Colorado mountains" (Denver Post)

Source: Reuters, 08/21/2015