SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) – Wildfires are raging unchecked across parts of the Western United States, and authorities say gusty winds could drive flames with new ferocity. Diablo winds in northern California and Santa Ana winds in the south are forecast in areas where blazes already have grown explosively. More than 14,000 firefighters are battling California’s fires from the Sierra National Forest to San Diego. In Washington, more acres burned in a single day than firefighters usually see all year. Fires also forced people to flee in Oregon and Idaho. A temperature plunge of helped contain wildfires in the Rocky Mountains, but no such respite appears in store for California.
By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press