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Wildfires scorching the West could explode due to strong winds

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Dangerous fire conditions in the West are expected to last through Friday.

A wildfire inferno is setting in across several states as dangerous fire conditions threaten to spread the fires even further.

At least 14 fires are currently burning in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.

North of Flagstaff, Arizona, where the Tunnel Fire scorched communities after breaking out on Sunday, about 750 homes have been evacuated. The tunnel fire has so far burned 20,000 acres and is 0% contained.

About 100 miles southwest of Flagstaff, the Crooks Fire in Prescott, Arizona has burned 2,000 acres and is also 0% contained.

Voluntary evacuations have been ordered in Jarales, New Mexico, where the Bosque Fire has burned 165 acres and is expected to spread, while mandatory evacuations have been issued in Boulder County, Colorado after the Table Mountain fire has grown to 52 acres.

Red flag and high wind alerts were issued Thursday for eight states from Arizona to Nebraska. Relative humidity also dropped to 5%, with wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The wind is created by a storm system moving west Thursday and Friday.

Thursday’s worst fire conditions are expected to stretch from New Mexico to Colorado. A decades-long mega-drought in the West also contributed to the fire danger in the region.

Fire danger is expected to worsen further on Friday, with states from New Mexico to Colorado classified as being in extreme fire danger, the highest level of fire danger.

The storm system moving west will bring severe weather from Texas to Minnesota, with damaging winds, large hail and the possibility of isolated tornadoes.

ABC News’ Max Golembo and Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

ABC News

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