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Wildfires blaze across parched western U.S

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Western USA
This photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the Antelope Complex wildfire from Thompson Peak as it burns northeast of Taylorsville, Calif., Saturday, July 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management, Jason Flaherty)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wildfires raged on Sunday across the western United States as firefighters scrambled to prevent flames from spreading across rugged terrain thick with tinder turned bone-dry by scorching hot weather.
Some of the intense blazes forced hasty evacuations of rural homes and recreational areas and officials temporarily shut highways and railways in some fire zones.
California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana each reported wildfires of varying severity amid a heat wave blanketing the western United States.
Fanned by high winds, a fire in Utah had grown into a massive blaze of more than 160,000 acres and in neighboring Nevada a fire burning 30 miles southwest of the town of Winnemucca had consumed an estimated 152,000 acres. The two fires forced temporary closures of major interstate highways.
Neighborhoods in Winnemucca were temporarily evacuated on Saturday as a separate fire that had burned an estimated 25,000 acres of brush neared.

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