A lot of red on July 4 as wildfires keep growing in US West

  • Fire burns the hillsides as the County Fire continues along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

  • Hot Shot crews from Mendocino use backfires to help contain the County Fire along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

  • A wildfire continues to burn east of Strawberry Reservoir, in Wasatch County, Utah, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The blaze, which officials believe was human-caused, started Sunday about 5 miles southeast of the popular fishing spot of Strawberry Reservoir. The Utah fire comes as hot, dry conditions are fueling blazes in several Western states, including in Colorado and California. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

  • In this aerial photo, a burnt out structure is visible through the smoke as a wildfire continues to burn east of Strawberry Reservoir, in Wasatch County, Utah, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The Utah fire comes as hot, dry conditions are fueling blazes in several Western states, including in Colorado and California. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

  • Ty Warren leaves a pen where his father’s cattle are being kept at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds where displaced people have brought their pets for safe keeping as the Spring Fire continues to burn Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in La Veta, Colo. In Colorado, many communities have canceled firework displays, and a number of federal public lands and counties have some degree of fire restrictions in place, banning things like campfires or smoking outdoors. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

  • The Spring Creek Fire continues to burn in Costilla County on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in La Veta, Colo. More than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains were destroyed by a growing wildfire, while hundreds of others across the parched U.S. West remained under evacuations Tuesday and the closure of recreation areas derailed holiday plans. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

DENVER — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region.

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