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Forest fire spreads in Big Bear, California Special

Big Bear Lake - A forest fire began in the mountain town of Big Bear, California at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. It rapidly spread eastward, covering more than 10 acres by 3:00 p.m. Parts of the 7000-foot high popular tourist and residential town are being evacuated.

4,000 California inmates are fighting wildfires

Nearly 4,000 prisoners are currently battling wildfires across California making up about 40 percent of the nearly 10,000 firefighters deployed across the state. Participants make $2 per day in the program and $2 an hour when they’re on a fire line.

Canadian Firemen told to stop helping coworker with cancer

Regina - When Tanner Brotzel was diagnosed with cancer in December, his coworkers didn't hesitate to offer to help him in every way possible, including covering his shifts at the firehouse in Saskatchewan's capital city of Regina.

Police dashcam captures NJ home explosion caused by gas leak

Atlantic City - A huge blast that was captured on a police dashcam ripped apart a home under renovation and shattered the quiet in a New Jersey neighborhood on Tuesday. Firefighters and gas company employees were already on the scene when the detonation occurred.

San Francisco fire kills one, leaves 40 homeless

San Francisco - Dozens of residents rescued Wednesday from a burning San Francisco building may have been further imperiled by blocked fire escapes and a malfunctioning alarm system, officials said.

World Series tickets saved from fire, woman meets George Brett

Kansas City - A Kansas City woman willing to risk life, limb and the possibility of arrest to rescue her World Series tickets from her burning home, ended up crossing paths with baseball legend George Brett upon conclusion of the ordeal.

Weed man charged with starting Northern California wildfire

Weed - A 24-year-old Northern California man was arrested and charged Saturday with starting the Boles fire that burned through the tiny lumber town of Weed, destroying more than 150 homes.

Firefighters report gains against California's giant King fire

Pollock Pines - Firefighters in California appeared to be winning the race this week to contain the huge King fire consuming forest and threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra foothills, but shifting winds could imperil recent gains.

King wildfire containment may be hampered by high winds

CalFire and USFS crews have made good progress on containing the King wildfire in Northern California last night, even though the fire grew 2,000 acres, from 87,5 92 acres to 89,574 acres. Containment has now reached 37 percent as of Tuesday.

Photo Essay: Wildfires — When the woods burn around your homes Special

Wildfires put communities in danger and interrupts daily activities. A single fire can destroy homes leaving many homeless. And owners sometimes will die in a tragic and futile effort to save their homes.

Crimea firemen switch sides in Soviet-style ceremony

- Crimea's firefighters proudly switched allegiance on Tuesday, becoming the disputed peninsula's first department under Russia's full control after a hastily arranged ceremony reminiscent of the Soviet era."Lutsevich!

Switzerland hosts first national fire hydrant toss event

The Scots toss the caber, and apparently Alpine farmers have a traditional stone toss event, and now some firemen in the canton of Aargau have come up with their own version. The first-ever national "toss the fire hydrant event."

Firefighters gaining, but Rim Fire increases to 187,466 acres

Groveland - Firefighters continue to battle the flames in California's Sierra mountains, but the fire continues to grow. Still more than 5,500 structures threatened.

Hundreds evacuated in Mallorca due to out-of-control forest fires

Andraitx - 700 people have been evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of Mallorca as a fierce forest fire rages out of control. 300 firefighters from all over the island are fighting the blaze.

Las Vegas-area wildfire has consumed 25,500 acres since July 1 Special

Las Vegas - The wildfire raging west of the Las Vegas Valley was started by a lightning strike on July 1 and since then it has consumed more than 25,000 acres. The costs of fighting it are nearing $6 million and counting.

Op-Ed: 19 firefighters who died as heroes

Prescott - Nineteen firefighters lost their lives while fighting a wildfire in Arizona, the hightest amount of firefighters to lose their life in the line of duty since the 343 firefighters died on 9/11.

Firefighters lost in Arizona fire

Prescott - The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona has claimed the lives of firefighters. The official pronouncement came just before 8:00 p.m. PST tonight.

Baby dumped in toilet rescued from sewage pipe

A baby boy just a few days old, dumped in a toilet, was rescued by firefighters who took him to hospital still stuck inside the connecting sewage pipe.

Review: Powerful documentary BURN opening May 3 in Toronto Special

Detroit - In the 1950s Detroit was thriving. Times have changed. The population is down to 750,000 from 1.8 million with a third of the people unemployed. For the Detroit Fire Department it's a powder keg that ignites every night of the year.

5 Firefighters taken hostage in Georgia

At least five firefighters have been taken hostage in northwest Georgia, with the hostage taker barricading himself alongside the firefighters.

Safe traps Toronto man

Toronto - A young party-goer who decided to act out a alcohol-infused dare had to rely on the Toronto Fire department to free him after being trapped inside a safe.

Firemen join locksmiths in fight against evictions in Spain

As heartbreaking evictions continue in Spain due to the financial crisis, firefighters have now joined the protest against removing people from their homes by refusing to assist the bailiffs.

Local police and firefighters protest again in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - It seems that Tuesday is turning into a day for protest by local police and firefighters in Fuengirola, as for the second week in a row, whistles and noise filled the town centre.

Atlantic City firefighters sworn into office with iPad Bible app

In America, taking any kind of public office meant taking an oath where you put your hand on a Bible. Atlantic City firefighters had to do a bit of a twist on the tradition by using an iPad Bible app instead.

Police, firefighters protest at Town Hall in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - The local police and firefighters in Fuengirola have had enough of all the cuts to their salaries and benefits. They protested, with much noise, in front of the Town Hall on Tuesday.

Spengler's note: 'I do what I like doing best – killing people'

Webster - William Spengler, the shooter in the Christmas Eve neighborhood blaze in Webster, NY, and the deaths of two people, left a note. The note said he wanted to do what he liked best: killing people.

FDNY honors Sandy Hook victim who dreamt of being a firefighter

Newtown - Daniel Barden, a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, idolized his father's cousins who are firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

'Stand The Wall' operation shields Sandy Hook funerals from WBC

Newtown - Two days after Anonymous revealed Westboro Baptist Church's (WBC) plan to protest the funerals of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, members of the law enforcement and firefighting community decided to step in.

Video: Dutch dog becomes volunteer fireman

Harderwijk - The video of a dog in the Netherlands who decided to become a volunteer fireman has gone viral, receiving nearly 1.1 million views in the last 10 days.

Video: Firefighters release Chinese boy stuck in stone balustrade

He probably just wanted to peep through the hole, but he got more than he bargained for and rescuers were called to release him.
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Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their sala...
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their salaries, February 12, 2013. Police officer lighting a paint bomb.
North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the wo...
North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the woods, lays down some water & chemicals at the edge of a road to keep the fire that's heading his way from jumping over the road.
Firefighters honouring those who perished.
Firefighters honouring those who perished.
When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home  as in this wildfire it is approach...
When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home, as in this wildfire it is approaching a farm, policeman will help to keep a fire from spreading. In this 2006 photo, North Port police officer Noel Coward is pulling a hose to help firemen, already fighting the blaze, so they can extend the reach of the water.
The face of an unknown firefighter reflects a tiredness born of dedication to the job.
The face of an unknown firefighter reflects a tiredness born of dedication to the job.
Wochit News
New York City firefighters examine the rubble after a building explosion in Harlem
New York City firefighters examine the rubble after a building explosion in Harlem
REUTERS/Eric Thayer
A dog helps firefighters remove a damaged tree.
A dog helps firefighters remove a damaged tree.
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Firefighters line up along the funeral procession route for Daniel Barden.
Firefighters line up along the funeral procession route for Daniel Barden.
Kim Kap/Twitter
A North Port fireman puts out a brushfire that started when a homeless man s homemade structure went...
A North Port fireman puts out a brushfire that started when a homeless man's homemade structure went up in flames. It can be barely seem in the steam and smoke coming off the forest's floor.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
This homeowner tries to fight back a fully engulfed forest in his backyard using a garden hose to fi...
This homeowner tries to fight back a fully engulfed forest in his backyard using a garden hose to fight the fire. The hose is no match for the roaring fire, and he was picked up by firemen before his house caught on fire.
After fighting a 5-acre brush fire  two firefighters initiate a rookie by hosing him down. Such acti...
After fighting a 5-acre brush fire, two firefighters initiate a rookie by hosing him down. Such activities help relieve the stress that fighting such fires that places them in danger of injury or death.
Hundreds honouring firefighters with a big Canadian flag hanging in the background.
Hundreds honouring firefighters with a big Canadian flag hanging in the background.
The Twisp River fire in Okanogan County took the lives of three firefighters on Wednesday  August 19...
The Twisp River fire in Okanogan County took the lives of three firefighters on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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Rough translation:  Full for Oña (Mayoress) and the scavenger civil servants.   Local police & ...
Rough translation: "Full for Oña (Mayoress) and the scavenger civil servants." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels  Belgium.
Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels, Belgium.
YouTube
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in s...
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
 Don t play with security.  No more cuts!  Officials are not the problem.  Local police & firefi...
"Don't play with security. No more cuts! Officials are not the problem." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.