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Article published September 11, 2012
Dry Northwest burns as fire season in West extends
WENATCHEE, Wash. — A haze of thick smoke formed Tuesday over vast swaths of the West as wildfires forced more residents to flee their homes in several states. Fire officials reported seven homes were destroyed and hundreds of people were evacuated near Casper, Wyo., where a wildfire has burned across almost 24 square miles. In western Montana, fire crews said there was no containment in sight for a blaze that has prompted an evacuation order for 400 houses west of Hamilton. Other blazes burning across the West include: The Horsethief Canyon Fire, which has burned about 4 square miles south of the resort town of Jackson, Wyo. The Millie Fire, burning 20 miles south of Bozeman, Mont. The fire continued to threaten the city’s water supply and 10 commercial buildings. The Pole Creek Fire southwest of the town of Sisters in central Oregon. The fire area had grown to nearly 7 square miles, or 4,300 acres, by Tuesday.