Strong winds fan growing Oregon fire as blazes rage across West

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BOISE, Idaho – Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday for a number of homes near a fast-moving Oregon wildfire as hot, dry weather continued to fuel several other fires across the West.

Strong winds in the Columbia River Gorge fanned a wildfire burning on 3,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of dozens of homes Monday while other residents waited to hear if they were going to have to leave.

The Government Flats Complex of fires was burning in hilly country near The Dalles, a Columbia River city that’s a favorite hangout for windsurfers. Officials said 50 structures were ordered evacuated. It wasn’t clear how many of those were homes.

KPTV.com reported that about 70 structures remained threatened Monday by the Blackburn Fire, part of the Government Flat Complex of fires. The American Red Cross established a shelter at an area elementary school for individuals forced from their homes.

Meanwhile, fire crews were also battling blazes in Idaho, Montana, Utah and California.

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Mountain Fire Near Vegas Burns 6 Ranch Structures

Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range is illuminated by the setting sun as it billows behind the Stratosphere Casino Hotel (R) on July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.                                                            (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS — A massive mountain wildfire that cast a smoky pall over Las Vegas on Wednesday destroyed six structures at a desert ranch and left two people in the firefighting force with minor injuries, officials said.

One of the buildings that burned in the Carpenter 1 fire was a commercial structure at Prospect Springs, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Shelp said. She didn’t know if any homes were among the buildings destroyed on the ranch several miles from woodsy Mount Charleston hamlets where crews were protecting more than 400 homes, a canyon hotel and a scenic alpine lodge and cabins.

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