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80 large fires have consumed more than 1 million acres across western parts of the US

There are currently 80 large wildfires raging in 13 states across the US, burning more than 1 million acres, mostly in western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). 

Montana has reported the most large wildfires with 18, and Idaho is close behind with 17, the NIFC said. In addition to wildfires, parts of Idaho and Montana are also seeing a heatwave that has brought above-average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).  A red flag warning is in effect for southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, which means "critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly," according to the NWS.

Near the California-Nevada border, the Tamarack Fire has grown to 18,299 acres as of Sunday and is 0% contained, according to information from InciWeb. The fire was sparked by lightning near the Alpine County, California, community of Markleeville on July 4, and has triggered mandatory evacuations for a number of campgrounds and neighborhoods in the area. 

"These hot temperatures will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes," NWS Great Falls tweeted

The fire danger will persist across the western US Monday, Norman said, as a combination of dry thunderstorms and excessive heat.


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