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100 Large Blazes In The West

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

Johnson Fire from Forest Road #1

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

(AP) - Nearly 29,000 firefighters are battling some 100 large blazes across the West, including Idaho, Oregon, Montana and California.

Yesterday, the bodies of three firefighters killed in north-central Washington were removed from the scene.

Each man was taken out in an individual ambulance, escorted by more than a dozen fire and police vehicles with lights flashing.

Firefighters along the route held their hands and helmets over their hearts.

They were killed when their vehicle crashed Wednesday and flames driven by shifting winds overtook them.