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California's largest wildfire doubles in size in a single day

Sacramento - California’s lightning-sparked wildfires broadened into some of the largest in state history on Friday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The SCU Lightning Complex Fire more than doubled in size overnight to 230,000 acres..

Firefighters battle to contain Northern California blazes

More than two dozen major fires were scorching California on Thursday and taxing the state's firefighting capacity, sparked by an unprecedented lightning siege that dropped nearly 11,000 strikes over several days.

California wildfires prompt more evacuations as winds increase

Powerful winds prompted a massive power shut off by PG&E to nearly a million customers in northern California while wildfires raged across parts of the state. Sonoma County has issued evacuation orders for 10 zones.

Monitoring California's wildfires using satellite technology

Technology is already playing a role in monitoring and assessing the damage caused by the wildfires in California. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom plans to use satellite technology in coordination with a new camera network as an early-warning system.

Drones being used in fight against California wildfires

The horrible fires over Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ventura counties that have destroyed over 500 structures and forced over 200,000 to flee is now being surveyed by drones which can track the path of the fire and survey damaged property.

Winds pick up, fueling intensity of massive California wildfires

Los Angeles - A 70-year-old woman has become the first fire-related casualty as firefighters continue battling six massive wildfires across Southern California, with brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames through Sunday.

Southern California dry spell makes for worsening fire conditions

Los Angeles - Southern California is experiencing the worst fire season on record with a warm dry fall and very strong offshore winds. The situation may get worse as a dome of high-pressure air is forming above the West Coast that could keep the area dry for weeks.

Huge Calif. fires double in size overnight in triple-digit heat

Two rapidly growing wildfires in Southern California, burning just a couple of miles away from each other, are threatening to merge into a mega-wildfire as fire crews try to battle the flames in the extreme heat and gusty winds.

Evacuations, death and destruction as wildfires ravage California

Two massive raging wildfires in California have left one person dead, several more unaccounted for and hundreds of homes and other structures gutted as they continue to gain ground, despite efforts to contain them.

Butte Fire threatens 6,400 homes - UPDATE Special

San Andreas - The Butte Fire has been a roller coaster ride for the county seat in Calaveras County. Mandatory and advisory evacuations have been the orders of the past two days.

California burns as wildfires have scorched over 134,000 acres

An environmental disaster is taking place in drought-plagued California today. Firefighters are battling more than two dozen wildfires that have scorched over 134,000 acres.

Northern Calif. wildfire grows overnight, closing two highways

A wildfire along northern California's inland coastal range exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres as of Sunday morning, and threatening 6,000 structures in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties.

Drought and wildfires prompt emergency declaration in California

Sacramento - With a severe drought now in its fourth year and at least 18 wildfires raging across the state, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of the state.

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The Rocky Fire is burning out of control in Northern California  helped by dry ground. The wildfire ...
The Rocky Fire is burning out of control in Northern California, helped by dry ground. The wildfire has burned more than 100 square miles – 65,000 acres – and the blaze is forcing 13,000 residents to evacuate.

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