Gusts fan region’s curtain of flames

An airplane tanker flies through smoky air as it drops fire retardant on a wildfire that flared up in the late afternoon near Omak, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Firefighters were holding their own Thursday against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP) - Forest Service officials closed nearly all of the 4-million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Saturday following a severe windstorm that hit fires there like a massive bellows from mid-morning through late afternoon.

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