A scoop plane drops water onto a burning ridge at the Lick Creek Fire, south of Asotin, Wash.
Wildland firefighters watch as a plane drops fire retardant on Harlow Ridge above the Lick Creek Fire, southwest of Asotin, Wash.
By JOHN ANTCZAK and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states on Tuesday, and the largest, in Oregon, threatened a portion of California’s power supply.
Nearly 60 wildfires tore through bone-dry timber and brush from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.
The fires erupted as the West was in the grip of the second bout of dangerously