"Wildfires Threaten Homes in Northern Rockies, Eastern Cascades"

"Wildfires burning across the northern Rockies threatened hundreds of homes on Monday in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, while firefighters in Washington state scrambled to battle scores of blazes sparked by weekend lightning storms across the eastern Cascades."

"No injuries were reported across the four western states on Monday. Hundreds of people have been displaced by fires in the region, and hundreds more were advised to be ready to flee at a moment's notice, including residents in the resort of Jackson, Wyoming, at the foot of the Grand Tetons.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho reported nearly 30 large, uncontained wild-land blazes being fought nationwide on Monday, mostly in the West, in a destructive season that far surpasses the 10-year average for acreage burned in the year to date.

One of the most immediate threats to populated areas was a wind-stoked fire that has destroyed an unspecified number of dwellings and forced the evacuation on Sunday and Monday of 500 people near Casper, Wyoming."

Laura Zuckerman and Laura L. Myers report for Reuters September 11, 2012.

Source: Reuters, 09/11/2012