The northern Arizona town of Flagstaff is a synonym for the lush pine trees, glades and hiking trails that are a common reprieve from the desert heat.

Wildfires in Arizona and California have forced evacuations while crews worked to contain flares, authorities said.

The west of the USA on Monday marked another day of hot, dry and windy weather, as crews from California to New Mexico struggled with wildfires, which had forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Nationwide, more than 6.200 firefighters are battling almost three dozen uncontained wildfires that have charred over 4.408 square miles of land, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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