A look at wildfires around the West:
Arizona: No major fires
California: About 340 residents have been evacuated from the
mountains east of San Diego where a week-old wildfire continues to
burn. Fire officials said the 35,000-acre Pines Fire was 80 percent
contained Monday. A 101,000-acre fire burning in Sequoia National
Forest was 55 percent contained and has cost $20.6 million to
fight. The 45,000-acre Sour Biscuit fire continued to burn along
the Oregon-California border and was 15 percent contained Monday,
with cool weather and humidity aiding firefighting efforts.
Colorado: Fire crews were being released from Mesa Verde
National Park Monday, a day after a 2,601-acre wildfire was
contained. The park could reopen by the end of the week. Along the
Front Range, about 40 firefighters continued to mop up a contained
4,413-acre wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park.
Idaho: No major fires
Montana: No major fires
Nevada: The 4,214-acre Buster fire northeast of Pioche was 80
percent contained, with full containment anticipated Tuesday. The
fire sparked by dry lightning July 31 was burning in pinion juniper
and sagebrush in the Parsnip Peak Wilderness Study Area. No
structures are threatened and 192 firefighters remain on the scene.
New Mexico: No major fires
Oregon: Major wildfires are burning on more than 462,481 acres.
About 8,333 firefighters are working in the state. The Northwest
Interagency Communication Center is tracking at least six major
fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials were the
244,000-acre Florence fire, the 25,000-acre Timbered Rock fire, the
44,000-acre Sour Biscuit Fire, and the 29,100-acre Tiller Complex.
Utah: No major fires
Washington: No major fires
Wyoming: No major fires
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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