Photo Gallery: Fires burn across the West 12/12

Neighbors try to hold back flames from a house at left, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, near Cle Elum, Wash. Moments later, a sudden wind sent the flames racing toward the volunteers and about a dozen people safely scrambled out of the way. The house was saved when a water truck was able to quickly save the home. The fast-moving wildfire has burned 60 homes across nearly 40 square miles of central Washington grassland, timber and sagebrush. No injuries have been reported but more than 400 people have been forced to flee. AP photo