Wildfires Surge Amid Scorching Heat Across US West

Fire officials said they had no immediate information on whether any of the giant trees - including the 100-foot-round, 24-storey-high Bull Buck sequoia - had burned.

In the Pacific Northwest, high temperatures and a lack of rain this summer have dried out vegetation that fed on winter snow and springtime rain. Officials warned of wildfire danger as hot, dry, smokey days were forecast across Oregon and Washington over the holiday weekend.

A fire about 80 miles south-east of Seattle has burned more than 23 square miles and led to new evacuations. About 3,800 homes were threatened, authorities said.


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Source : http://www.independent.ie/world-news/wildfires-surge-amid-scorching-heat-across-us-west-36095858.html

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