Western United States: Wildfires burning in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah

Major wildfires are burning across the U.S. states of New Mexico, Arizona, California and Utah. Evacuations are taking place in some areas. Dry conditions and extremely high temperatures are creating dangerous conditions.

*Dog Head Fire - New Mexico: * The Dog Head Fire has spread over 12,000 acres and a state of emergency declared. Areas evacuated are Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque, Chilili, Mercid, Escobosa Ponderosa Pines and Yrisarri.

North Fire - New Mexico: The North Fire began in the Cibola National Forest and has spread over about 25,000 acres in the San Mateo Mountains over the past month. Smoke will be dangerous for those in the Magdalena and surrounding areas.

Cedar Creek Fire - Arizona: This fire has spread to 2,500 acres and caused some evacuations.

Sherpa Fire - California:
This fire has spread to 2,500 acres in the Los Padres National Forest with evacuations in Southern Santa Barbara County.

Utah: The Aspen Fire is burning 400 acres near Sherpa Ranch and Cedar City.

Advice For Travellers

Some main roads are closed. Check with local authorities before travelling to any of these areas.

There are extremely dry conditions, and the weather forecast is for dangerous and potentially deadly heat over the weekend and into early next week.