Flames consume trees along U.S. Highway 120 as the Rim Fire burns out of control on Aug. 21, 2013, in Buck Meadows, Calif. The fire threatens 2,500 homes outside Yosemite National Park. More than 400 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 5 percent contained.
NBC News reports:
Nine new large fires have ignited across the U.S. West, stretching the nation's firefighting resources to the limit, the National Interagency Coordination Center said Wednesday.
The NICC, which coordinates local, regional and national firefighting agencies, said the network's wildfire preparedness level is at Level 5, the highest on a 1-to-5 scale, which is assigned when the breadth of major incidents has the potential to exhaust all national fire resources.