Wildfires stoked by high winds have destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people in the western United States.
In Colorado fire is being blamed for the death of a woman in her mountain cabin. Covering tens of thousands of acres in steep canyons, it’s the second largest on record in the state.
In Utah strong gusts of wind hampered firefighting efforts as a blaze raged south of Salt Lake City. Authorities blame target shooters for starting at least one fire – the 20th started this year by target shooters, they said.
Altogether 15 large, uncontained fires have been fought, mostly in western states.
But the total area of destruction across the country is on a par with the average over the past decade, according to the authorities.