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Glowing orange sky, thick smoke: People in the West share surreal scenes of living amid wildfires

Doyle Rice
USA TODAY

Wildfires raged across parts of the western U.S. on Wednesday, with more hot, dry gusty winds forecast to drive flames into new levels of ferocity. 

About 40 wildfires were burning in California alone. Blazes were also reported in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. Smoke has been detected at least as far east as New Mexico.

The wildfires scorching the western U.S. have created some surreal, nightmarish scenes. Here are a few photos and videos of what residents in the West are seeing right outside their own front doors and in their neighborhoods as the blazes continue to rage:

More on the western wildfires:

California ablaze: Striking satellite imagery shows how the fires are unfolding

There are at least 35 active wildfires in Oregon. Here's how you can help.

'Unprecedented' wildfires burn across West: California firefighters injured, Oregon residents flee flames

Contributing: The Associated Press