air, the long hot summer of 2012 has a big stretch of the west ablaze here is the map. Wildfires in ten states, 62 fires flames 62 feet high. New jersey has become it. One firefighter, a 20-year-old... See More
air, the long hot summer of 2012 has a big stretch of the west ablaze here is the map. Wildfires in ten states, 62 fires flames 62 feet high. New jersey has become it. One firefighter, a 20-year-old woman has died battling a blaze, we'll tell what you we learned about what went wrong as new pictures stream in from the front lines and abc's neal karlinsky tracks it all. Reporter: Cle elum washington is a town on the edge. Rhonda griffin spent the day putting out hotspots after a terrifying night captured on home video, watching the garage and shop next to her house burn to the ground. Somehow, even though every bit of land around her burned, her home survived. Look at this, and then turn around and look at this. They don't even go together. I mean, it's like somebody drew a line right here. The lord did it. Reporter: The fire moved with incredible speed, blowing up hundreds to thousands of acres in just hours and nearly overrunning this sanctuary for rescued lab chimps. Today, staff say the chimps are scared, but out of danger. It was fast! If you were caught in the wrong place, you were bugging out. You had a sleepless night? We had a very sleepless night. Reporter: When we met tricia roghair, her husband and father-in-law were asleep in the living room after a night battling the flames with garden hoses. Bone dry conditions, extreme heat and even dry lightening have scorched dozens of miles across utah, oregon, and northern california this week as well. In the danger zone, wildland firefighters facing one of their deadliest years on record, 11 killed in the line of duty so far this year. Many of them are young seasonal workers like 20-year-old anne voseth, an energetic college student who finished high school with a 3.9 grade point average, killed in idaho by a falling tree. A constant threat after fire ravages a forest. A fire safety officer we met today says, even though the work is dangerous, young firefighters are closely watched to make sure they't get into adly trouble. Firefighter is inherently dangerous. So we have many eyes looking around making sure everybody's safe. At least 60 structures burned and firefighters have essentially zero containment on this fire. Even more worrisome, conditions are expected to be even hotter
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