Near California's Yosemite National Park, the Railroad Fire is burning in Sierra National Forest.
On Monday, the fire swept through an area called Nelder Grove, which is home to 2,700-year-old giant sequoia trees. Among the hundred or so giant sequoias there is one of the world's largest: the Bull Buck Tree: 246 feet high and 99 feet in circumference at its base.
Giant sequoias have thick, fire-resistant bark — which served them well when the fire swept through.
The trees were left with scorch marks, but they all survived, fire information officer Cheryl Chipman told the AP.
And in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, a blaze known as the Eagle Creek Fire has jumped the river into Washington, creating dramatic and dangerous scenes.
Earlier, wildfires had spurred hundreds of homes evacuated in the Los Angeles area, but cooler, wetter weather over the weekend helped firefighters' efforts to contain it. A fire that burned four homes is no longer actively blazing, the AP reports.
Of course, where there's fire, there's smoke. A blanket of smoke from numerous wildfires converged over the weekend, sending Spokane residents indoors. And far from the flames, as the National Weather Service reports, a cold front moving through the Eastern U.S. is carrying smoke from the Western fires: "Most smoke is aloft but makes for hazy skies & red sunsets."
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