PHOTO GALLERY: Drought-fueled wildfires and coastal tropical storm

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 11:54 p.m. CDT

Extreme weather is occurring across the nation with drought conditions impacting many states while a tropical storm bring flooding to Florida.

The drought has resulted in wildfires in Colorado and Utah, while Tropical Storm Debby is the cause of mass flooding in Florida. In Arkansas, the heat and lack of rain has caused the National Weather Service to declare a severe drought.


Karen Bodine loads alfalfa as her husband, Greg Bodine, left, and her father, Duane Schormann, load her father's animals into a trailer as a wildfire burns near Schormann's home in Cascade, Colo., on Sunday. The fire erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists.
Natalie Bickford rides in a boat driven by Clay County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Cowen, after floodwaters from Black Creek left her stranded in a travel trailer Tuesday on Lazy Acres Road in Middleburg, Fla. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Debby have caused the flooding.
Chunk Lance comforts neighbor Kellie Sanderson on Monday after they viewed an area in central Utah that was devastated by a wildfire. Lance's cabin in the Oaker Hills neighborhood of Sanpete County was destroyed but Sanderson's survived.
Len Hoffmann tours a flooded section of Selkirk Street on Monday in New Port Richey, Fla. High winds and heavy rains spawned by the approaching Tropical Storm Debby caused the damage.
Tammy Lance of Payson, Utah, breaks down crying Monday after finding kittens alive under a burned-out truck in the Oaker Hills neighborhood in Sanpete County. The area was devastated by a wildfire that started Saturday. Lance and her husband returned to find their home destroyed, but helped save a neighbor's by putting out hot spots. On their second trip back, they found the litter of kittens.
In this June 19 photo provided by the Plaquemines Parish Government, a tern chick is washed out of its nest on Cat Island West due to a rising tide in advance of Tropical Storm Debby, when it was categorized as a tropical depression, just outside of New Orleans in Barataria Bay.
People watch from Mesa Road as a wildfire continues to burn west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday. The fire erupted Saturday and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists.
Hector Aviles, 30, of Spring Hill, Fla., shoots video of the sinkhole in Spring Hill on Tuesday. Tropical Storm Debby flooded homes, an animal shelter and closed parts of the main interstate highway across northern Florida as the storm crept closer to the state, dropping more than two feet of rain in one sparsely populated area.
A worker, left, pours water over his head Tuesday at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam site on the Arkansas River near Conway, Ark. The National Weather Service forecast office in Little Rock, Ark., advised Tuesday of severe drought and wildfire danger in the state.
Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin steps onto a section of a floating dock to secure it as strong storm surge and flooding are felt from Tropical Storm Debby on Sunday in Cedar Key, Fla. Sandlin said it was like riding a bronco trying to keep balance on the dock. Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby's outer bands lashed Florida with rain and kicked up rough surf off Alabama on Sunday, prompting storm warnings for those states and causing at least one death.

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