Firefighters across three Western states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 73,000 acres.
Evacuation orders have been issued in areas threatened by the Lake Fire in California’s Los Angeles County, the Mosier Creek Fire in central Oregon, and the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires in Colorado.
More than 100 homes have been evacuated in the rugged hills near Lake Hughes in LA County as that blaze has grown to 10,000 acres. It was 0% contained on Thursday morning, a day after it was reported, fire officials said.
More than 400 firefighters have been assigned to control the blaze, and an evacuation center was set up at a local high school by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
“This robust number of resources will be placed strategically to protect homes that may come under fire threat,” the county fire department said.
Heat builds in other wildfire zones
In neighboring Oregon, the Mosier Creek Fire has also prompted evacuations. Several large air tankers were en route to help control the blaze, which by Thursday had consumed about 800 acres, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District.
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In Colorado, the Pine Gulch Fire had consumed more than 58,000 acres by Thursday morning, with only 7% containment, fire officials reported.
Less than 100 miles away, the Grizzly Creek Fire had destroyed more than 4,600 acres by Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire, which ignited Monday, crossed the Colorado River and Interstate 70 on Wednesday, prompting the interstate to shut down east of Glenwood Springs.
“This fire is in a really tough spot, and it’s really tough to fight,” White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said Wednesday during a community briefing.
Nearly 900 people are working to contain the two fires. “We’re going to be here for a while,” Fitzwilliams said.