Fires State By State With AM-Fires, Bjt
Undated (AP) _ The hand of man and the forces of nature combined to create raging infernos in the West. Here is a state-by-state look at the fires and their damage: ARIZONA
Lightning-ignited Tonto National Forest blaze, charred 21,000 acres and blackened portions of the Coconinno and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests above and below the Mogollon Rim. The fire burned the historic Zane Grey cabin in its spread eastward and forced hundreds from summer-home sites. Six firefighters died Tuesday while fighting the fire.
A half-dozen lightning-caused fires blackened about 3,500 acres in southeastern Arizona. Those included a 1,200-acre fire about 15 miles north of Sonoita and a 1,600-acre fire in the Whetstone Mountains and roughly six miles east of the 1,200-acre fire. CALIFORNIA
Hot, dry winds fanned the flames, which scorched 14,000 acres of brush in a four-county area that lies north, east and south of Los Angeles.
The Santa Barbara County fire destroyed 567 homes and other buildings and charred 4,000 acres in Santa Barbara. Authorities blamed the fire on arson.
In Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb, a fire that was contained after destroying or damaging 66 hillside homes Wednesday, was also arson.
In El Cerrito, Riverside County, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, a fire destroyed 15 homes and closed Interstate 15. A 150-acre fire near Hemet, also in Riverside County, injured 17 firefighters, three seriously. In the Moreno Valley area of the county, fire destroyed three homes. A controlled burn that got out of hand when winds unexpectedly changed bore down on the city of Corona after destroying 12 homes and charring 2,200 acres.
An arson blaze in the Carbon Canyon area of Orange County spread over 6,640 acres to the San Bernardino County community of Sleepy Hollow, where 14 homes were engulfed. COLORADO
The Horsefly Fire, in heavy timber, about 30 miles southwest of Montrose and five miles north of Norwood in the Uncompaghre National Forest, swept over 3,100 acres.
The Goodell Fire in Larimer County, on Sheep Mountain east of Red Feather Lakes in the Roosevelt National Forest, spread beyond 200 acres, but was 95 percent contained Thursday evening. Like the Horsefly Fire, the Goodell burned in rugged terrain with poor access, and high winds and heat hampered firefighting.
The Menefee fire, on Menefee Mountain in a wilderness area four miles east of Mesa Verde, scorched 400 acres by Thursday evening.
Twelve miles northwest of Eagle, a 15-acre blaze was burning above 9,500 feet in steep terrain. MONTANA
Yellowstone National Park recorded its first forest fires of the summer, but a spokeswomen said they were small and under control. In 1988, fires charred over 700,000 acres of the 2.2-million acre park. UTAH
Firefighters controlled brush fires throughout the state as weather conditions eased. A 350-acre brush fire 14 miles west of Eureka was controlled Wednesday. A 30-acre brush fire 10 miles southwest of Emery near the Fishlake National Forest also was brought under control. A 65-acre fire near the Bear River in Cache County was under control, as was a 10-acre blaze in the Lake Mountains west of Utah Lake and a fire in Sevier County. TEXAS
Encroaching flames pushed firefighters back from the front lines of a blaze that spread across 3,150 acres of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, some 50 miles east of El Paso in far western Texas.
No injuries were reported.
The blaze will probably burn about 5,000 acres before being brought under control, said Jim Payne, a spokesman for the Interagency Incident Command Team.
Crews from California, Montana and Arizona were helping fight the fire.