FIRES WREAK HAVOC IN US
FIREFIGHTERS were braced for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana’s Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in northern California shot flames 30 metres in the air.
Both states are ravaged by drought, and rising temperatures and strengthening winds greeted newly arrived crews taking aim at the blaze in the northern Rocky Mountains. It has burned along a front more than 15km wide along the eastern side of the Montana park during prime tourist season, when lodges and inns have been booked for months.
The fire ignited on Tuesday and then swept along ridges near the scenic Going- tothe- Sun Rd, the park’s most popular roadway. More than 600 campers fled.
Meanwhile, the California fire threatened 200 homes and ranches outside Napa Valley, and black smoke could be seen as far away as San Francisco and Sacramento.
More than 520 firefighters battled the wildfire, struggling to access the blaze through rugged, brush- choked terrain about 45 minutes east of the popular wine country.
HEAVEN SENT: A chopper drops water on a wildfire in northern California's Napa Valley wine country. The blaze threatens hundreds of homes.