Wildfires spread across West

Associated Press
Emily and Byron Smith, and their son Ammon, 9, who returned after being evacuated, watch air crews continue to battle a wildfire near Alpine, Utah, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The fire has charred 2,887 acres and destroyed one barn since it started Tuesday afternoon. About 500 homes will remain evacuated for at least the next two days. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)

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Wind-fanned wildfires in southern Idaho are proving stubborn, but across the West as a whole, firefighters are gaining ground and keeping an eye on the weather. A fast-moving blaze spread across nearly 300 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass, authorities said July 9.

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