600 Homes Destroyed, 6 Killed in US Fires
Fire fighters in Colorado, were given a much needed boost, as five Air Force tanker planes were cleared to fly.
The South Dakota plane crash had temporarily stalled the use of tanker planes to fight fires.
Officials from the Obama administration visited Colorado and Idaho- to investigate the response to the destructive wildfires.
Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary: "You know, I'm confident that - from what I've been told - that we had what we needed, we did the best we could. It's true we lost hundreds of homes, and for that our heart goes out; it's also true that thousands were saved, and we're thankful for that."
In Colorado, three fires have destroyed more than 600 homes and killed six residents.
Firefighters are hoping that a respite from the hot weather, will help operations.
Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary: "We're praying for rain in a lot of different areas, we hope it comes; we hope it comes in a way that doesn't create flooding circumstances or situations, but it would be helpful if we got some decent rains around the country."
Meanwhile, a wildfire in Wyoming grew to 137 square miles. The fire was only 25 percent contained.
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