Wildfires across Western US forces thousands to flee

Wildfire and endless smoke forced health officials to urge people to leave Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts due to the encroaching fire.

By: AP | Los Angeles | Updated: September 4, 2017 11:39:04 am
US wildfires, Montana The Rice Ridge Fire burns in the Lolo National Forest near Woodworth Road northeast of Salmon Lake, Montana. (Rion Sanders/The Great Falls Tribune via AP)

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the US West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat.

The fires on Sunday forced evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to rescue about 140 hikers who had spent the night in the woods after fire broke out along the popular Columbia River Gorge Trail in Oregon; and led firefighters to step up efforts to protect a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoia encroached by flames near Yosemite National Park in California.

A sudden gusty series of rainstorms allowed Los Angeles, however, to cancel evacuation orders for a wildfire that the mayor called the largest in the city’s history and sent beach umbrellas and toy shovels bouncing down Southern California beaches late Sunday.

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