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Photos: Wildfires threaten homes and land across 10 Western states

Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states, and the largest, in Oregon, threatened California’s power supply.

John Hendricks

July 16 | Oregon

Columns of smoke from the Bootleg Fire rise behind a water tender. Firefighters scrambled Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous wildfires across the U.S. West that are straining resources. The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the U.S., has torched more than 377 square miles.

Lisa Chambers/Bootleg Fire Incident Command/AP

Lisa Chambers/Bootleg Fire Incident Command/AP

July 16 | Pulga, Calif.

A helicopter drops water on the mountainside as the Dixie Fire grows in the Plumas National Forest.

David Swanson/Reuters

David Swanson/Reuters

July 16 | Nespelem, Wash.

A cross stands atop a hillside charred by the Chuweah Creek Fire.

David Ryder/Reuters

David Ryder/Reuters

July 15 | Pulga, Calif.

Power lines are framed by flames as the Dixie Fire grows in the Plumas National Forest.

David Swanson/Reuters

David Swanson/Reuters

July 15 | Pulga, Calif.

Firefighters spray water from a fire train to hot spots along the tracks over Rock Creek Bridge as the Dixie Fire grows in the Plumas National Forest.

David Swanson/Reuters

David Swanson/Reuters

July 15 | Bly, Ore.

Terry Guthrie speaks with gas station attendant Dennis Howard, as plumes of smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire that's expanding to over 225,000 acres.

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

July 15 | Bly, Ore.

The sun sets amid smoke from the Bootleg Fire.

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

July 15 | Lewiston, Idaho

Members of a crew of Wildland firefighters, from PR Reforestation out of Vancouver, Wash., dig away at hot spots underneath stumps and brush as they mop up after flames from the Snake River Complex Fire that swept through the area earlier in the week. The fire has burned over 100,000 acres in north central Idaho.

Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune/AP

Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune/AP

July 15 | Bly, Ore.

Firefighter Nahum Reyes sleeps under a firetruck after his shift battling the Bootleg Fire.

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

July 14 | Oregon

Flames and smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire, the largest in the U.S. (JOHN HENDRICKS/OREGON OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL/AP)

July 13 | Bly, Ore.

The Bootleg Fire glows in the morning.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 13 | Bly, Ore.

Firefighters line up for a shower after a 12-hour shift fighting the Bootleg Fire.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 13 | Bly, Ore.

Firefighter Gary Robinson eats his dinner via headlamp light after fighting the Bootleg Fire.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 13 | Sprague River, Ore.

Smoke fills the air near the Bootleg Fire.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 13 | Chiloquin, Ore.

Operations section chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 13 | Sprague River, Ore.

Smoke from the Bootleg Fire.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 12 | Asotin, Wash.

Firefighters watch and take video with their cellphones as a plane drops fire retardant on Harlow Ridge above the Lick Creek Fire. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune/AP)

July 12 | Asotin, Wash.

A wildland fire crew looks on after setting a fire line on Harlow Ridge above the Lick Creek Fire. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune/AP)

July 12 | Asotin, Wash.

Wildland firefighters spray water onto a tree that caught fire as they were building a fire line.

Lewiston Tribune via AP

Lewiston Tribune via AP

July 12 | St. George, Ariz.

Flames are seen on the side of a highway after a bush fire breaks out.

Twitter @WHILEINTEXAS/ via REUTERS

Twitter @WHILEINTEXAS/ via REUTERS

July 12 | Bly, Ore.

Plumes of smoke from the Bootleg Fire rise over a playground.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 12 | Bly, Ore.

Shane Durant watches the Bootleg Fire smoke billow up while walking his dog.

Nathan Howard/AP

Nathan Howard/AP

July 12 | Klamath Falls, Ore.

Sally Scissons, a Bootleg Fire evacuee, takes shelter at a Red Cross evacuation center.

MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND/REUTERS

MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND/REUTERS

July 11 | Sisters, Ore.

A firefighting tanker makes a fire retardant drop over the Grandview Fire.

Oregon Department of Forestry via AP

Oregon Department of Forestry via AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

A truck driver, who hauls fire equipment, watches as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burns.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

Flames consume a home as the Sugar Fire tears through Doyle, a small town in Lassen County.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

The fire descends on a structure.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

Dave Ferner, left, and Bob Prary watch as multiple homes burn.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

Fire destroys a home.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

A vehicle is engulfed in flames.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

The Sugar Fire tears through a home.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

Flames consume a home.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 10 | Doyle, Calif.

The blaze reaches a power pole.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 9 | Doyle, Calif.

Embers blow across a field.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 9 | Doyle, Calif.

Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 9 | Doyle, Calif.

Firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Placerville station tackle the Sugar Fire.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 9 | Plumas National Forest, Calif.

The Sugar Fire burns in the Plumas National Forest.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 8 | Plumas National Forest, Calif.

An animal sprints across a road as the Sugar Fire burns.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 8 | Plumas National Forest, Calif.

Firefighters work to stop the Sugar Fire from spreading.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 8 | Plumas National Forest, Calif.

Firefighters monitor the Sugar Fire as it burns at Frenchman Lake.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 8 | Plumas National Forest, Calif.

Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire.

Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger/AP

July 7 | Redwood Valley, Calif.

Firefighters work to extinguish flames burning down a home.

Kent Porter/AP

Kent Porter/AP

July 7 | Redwood Valley, Calif.

Firefighters take a defensive stand against a burning home.

Kent Porter/AP

Kent Porter/AP

July 7 | Redwood Valley, Calif.

David Wells, of the Brooktrails Township Fire Department in Willits, Calif, hydrates after working to douse flames at a home.

Kent Porter/AP

Kent Porter/AP

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