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Nearly 60 wildfires tore through bone-dry timber and brush from Alaska to Wyoming. Arizona, Idaho, and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.
The fires have forced evacuations in numerous areas with scattered homes and tiny communities where some burned houses and other structures have been observed, but total losses were still being tallied.
A fast-moving wildfire broke out Sunday afternoon in the High Sierra foothills, about 20 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park.
The fire, initially reported to be about 10 acres, expanded to 800 acres as of an 5:43 p.m. update from Cal Fire.
The fire occurred at about 10 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway at Mission Road, and it took Los Angeles Fire Department crews just under 30 minutes to extinguish it.
Smoke and flames whirl behind firefighting equipment in a grassy field in the video.
The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and the city of Oakland alone reported at least 216 fires from Sunday morning through Monday morning.
First responders had the fire nearly contained when a pickup truck drove past the scene and hit multiple cars and bystanders.