Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

Created: 07/14/2014 9:58 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Thousands of lightning strikes yesterday and today have touched off dozens of small fires in Oregon and Idaho.

Wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings in Sprague River, Oregon. The ranching town is located about 25 miles northeast of Klamath Falls. Many residents keep horses and cattle on plots of 3 to 5 acres, and fire officials say neighbors have been stepping in to shelter both stock and pets.

And a fire in Idaho's Boise County has prompted officials to advise residents of 60 homes to evacuate.

The stormy weather also is causing added concern for firefighters battling a 35-square-mile blaze in Washington state. The Mills Canyon fire is about 25 percent contained, but residents of three dozen homes have been told to evacuate.

Meanwhile, a wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck at a marijuana cultivation site has prompted new evacuations. Fire officials say the Bully Fire is threatening 15 homes after destroying eight homes and 10 other structures. It has burned through more than seven square miles, and was 15 percent contained.

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