Wildfires continue to rage in the west
Wild fires continue to blaze in a number of western states. In Northern California the Rush Fire near Ravendale and the Ponderosa fire near Red Bluff have caused thousands of evacuations. The massive fires threatened more than 3,000 homes. Firefighters also are battling the Chips fire near Greenville, California. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties after the fire advanced with 75-foot flames on a tiny community at the doorstep of a national park. The fire has forced evacuations and burned over 47,000 acres in Northern California. In Southern Idaho the U.S. Forest Service battles a number of fires such as the Springs Fire and the Trinity Ridge Fire in Boise National Forest near Featherville.