U.S. Department of Defense

Wildfires burn in 7 Western states, prompt evacuations

Wildfires are burning in seven Western states, from California's scenic Big Sur region to tribal towns and hamlets near Reno, Nevada. More than a dozen homes were destroyed in Montana, and thousands of firefighters were battling other blazes Tuesday in Oregon and Wyoming. In Idaho, federal officials mobilized two U.S. Department of Defense retardant-dropping aircraft to help fight wildfires.

Here's a look at some of the fires:


A wildfire north of scenic Big Sur spread again overnight and has now charred more than 67 square miles.

The blaze that broke out July 22 has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 structures. It was less than 18 percent...