A glance at major wildfires burning in the West
Heat, wind and low humidity have made for dangerous fire conditions Wednesday in the Rocky Mountains and the Northwest. Here is an update on the largest wildfires:
REYNOLDS CREEK FIRE, Glacier National Park, Montana
Park officials evacuated a hotel and two campgrounds and closed down a popular roadway as the blaze spread quickly across the main visitor corridor during prime tourist season.
Glacier County authorities ordered additional evacuations as a precaution for homes near the small community of St. Mary at the park's eastern boundary.
The fire torched one car after visitors left their vehicles along the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road to be shuttled to safety. The fire spread quickly after igniting Tuesday and had burned more than 3 square miles as of Wednesday afternoon.
CABIN GULCH FIRE, 15 miles from Townsend, Montana
A fire burning in the Helena National Forest in central Montana has led to the evacuation of several homes in the rural area. The fire has burned more than 4 square miles as of Wednesday morning and has closed two campgrounds and a day-use area.
BLUE CREEK FIRE, 9 miles from Walla Walla, Washington
About 600 firefighters on the ground and in the air are attacking the fire that has burned one home and nearly 6 square miles.
The blaze is not contained and officials are concerned about extremely hot and dry conditions as it burns grass, shrubs and timber.
Authorities have ruled out lightning as the cause and say it was likely started by people on Monday.
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