A firefighting tanker makes a retardant drop over the Grandview Fire near Sisters, Oregon, US.
A firefighting tanker makes a retardant drop over the Grandview Fire near Sisters, Oregon, US.
—AP

LOS ANGELES: Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states on Tuesday, and the largest, in Oregon, threatened California’s power supply. Nearly 60 wildfires tore through bone-dry timber and brush from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires. The fires erupted as the West was in the grip of the second bout of dangerously high temperatures in just a few weeks. A climate change-fueled megadrought also is contributing to conditions that make fires even more dangerous, scientists say.

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