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Weather and High Winds Could Worsen Wildland Fire Conditions

Dozens of wildfires, including the largest on record in Washington state, roared through parts of the bone-dry U.S. West on Monday with unusually warm weather and a return of high winds expected to heighten fire risk in the Pacific Northwest later this week, reports The Weather Network (http://bit.ly/1fEx1xp)

This fire season has brought unprecedented challenges with vast areas aflame simultaneously in the Rockies, the Northwest and California, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Christine Cozakos. 

“There’s no season-ending weather event coming any time soon,” she said. 

Nearly two dozen fires in Washington and Oregon have scorched more than 1 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

The extraordinary scope of this summer’s conflagrations stretched resources thin, prompting a rare enlistment of firefighting reinforcements from the U.S. military and foreign countries.