Wildfires blaze through Western statesThree members of the Washington Department of Natural Resources making their way into a flaming patch of woods at the scene.
Tue, August 14, 2012 - 7:42 AM
(CNN) -- Whipped by high winds, a wildfire in central Washington state has scorched 26,500 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, officials said today.
The fire raging near Cle Elum is one of several devastating Western states this week.
Colorado paid the price earlier this summer. Now, new wildfires are burning through sagebrush, grass and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Idaho.
In all, 62 fires, including 16 new large fires, were burning as of Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. They have destroyed dozens of homes and are threatening many more.
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