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Photo: In this photo provided by the National Park Service, a view of a wildfire burning in Zion National Park in Utah, is seen from Lava Point Lookout Wednesday, July 18, 2007. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

BOISE, Idaho
Jul 19, 2007 (AP)

The West had been at level four for only a few weeks when officials decided to raise it to level five, effective Thursday.

"It's driven by a couple of things: The number of large fires we have, and also the fires are occurring in several states and in several geographic areas," said Randy Eardley, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center. "The resources we have are being stretched thin."

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