Fires continue to burn around Lake Chelan in central Washington with the smoke now visible from space. Firefighters have the Chelan Complex fires about 60 percent contained but they're still battling other blazes and its unclear when all fires will be under control.
About 50 homes near Spokane are under mandatory evacuation tonight (Tuesday) because of a new fire burning just west of the city limits. The so-called Houston fire started as a brush fire and has grown to more than 20 acres (by 5:30 Tuesday night).
Of 15 large fires in Idaho, nine of them are burning in the northern part of the state. They run from the Canadian border south to the Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest, and fire officials say it’s unlike any season in the last century.