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Wildfire that closed key California highway explodes in size

Redding - The massive Delta fire that forced the shutdown of a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in Northern California this week continues to grow, and the major north-south artery is expected to remain closed until at least Sunday, authorities said.

Wildfires near Sequoia, Yosemite National Parks continue to grow

El Portal - A raging wildfire just outside of Yosemite National Park is evading the efforts of thousands of firefighters as it burns through dry brush and rugged terrain, growing daily and heading toward populated areas.

Extremely dangerous California wildfire burns near Yosemite

Sacramento - A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing the closure of a major access road to the park.

Firefighters tackle second wildfire in northern England

London - Firefighters in northern England launched a "large-scale attack" on a new moorland blaze Sunday, as emergency responders continued to battle another nearby wildfire that has been burning all week.

Thomas Fire on track to become largest fire in state's history

The monstrous Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles is leaving its place in the state's record books as it is now officially the second largest fire in California history, consuming 272,000 acres (110,075 hectares).

Largest wildfire in Los Angeles' history forces evacuations

The unofficial end of summer hasn't made a difference in the extreme heat that has been baking the western United States today, challenging crews battling wildfires all across the region.

Mental health issues studied one year after Fort McMurray fire

Fort Mcmurray - A psychiatrist with the University of Alberta is studying how the 2016 wildfire has affected the lives of children in Fort McMurray. Other studies are also being conducted regarding anxiety, depression and PTSD among those who lived through the ordeal.

Okefenokee wildfire grows to over 30 square miles in size

Fargo - Lightning started a fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near the Georgia-Florida state line on April 6. The fire has now grown to cover about 30 square miles (80 square kilometers) of public lands, threatening nearby towns.

Last evacuation orders rescinded in damaging Lake County fire

Lower Lake - All evacuation orders for a small Northern California town were lifted Sunday and residents were allowed to return after firefighters contained a 4,000-acre blaze that tore through the south end of Clear Lake.

Massive Blue Cut fire in Southern California destroys 96 homes

San Bernardino - Nearly 100 homes and more than 200 other buildings have been destroyed by the giant Blue Cut fire in Southern California wildfire that is burning 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Residents begin to return to fire-ravaged Northern California town

Lower Lake - Some residents of a small Northern California town that was nearly consumed by a wildfire that started Saturday were given the OK Wednesday to return to their properties to see what's left.

Authorities were aware of suspect in Northern California wildfire

Lakeport - The man suspected of starting this week's Northern California wildfire that devastated a Lake County town and displaced thousands of nearby residents had been an inmate firefighter while serving a five-year prison sentence on drug and firearms charges.

Clearlake man accused of starting latest Northern California fire

Lower Lake - A 40-year-old Northern California man has been accused of starting a destructive wildfire that has burned thousands of acres and destroyed at least 175 homes in a small town on the south tip of Clear Lake.

San Bernardino wildfire triples in size overnight to 4,500 acres

As of August 8, 2016, wildfires in California have consumed 145 square miles of the state. A fire that started Sunday in the San Bernardino mountains has already grown to 7.0 square miles after tripling in size overnight.

Investigators: Giant Big Sur blaze caused by illegal campfire

Carmel Valley - California fire investigators say an intense wildfire that has already burned more than 50,000 acres near scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal campfire.

Fires are needed to restore the Great Plains of the U.S.

To restore the grasslands of the Great Plains, a high intensity fire is required. The best way to achieve this, an ecologist argues, is with the use of drones.

Tens of thousands flee fire-ravaged northern Alberta city

Fort Mcmurray - Canadian police and soldiers help thousands of residents evacuate south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as a wildfire continues to burn out-of-control in the country's oil sands region.

Dry conditions in Alberta created a 'perfect storm' for a fire

A perfect storm of conditions created a monster fire from Hades, forcing over 80,000 people to flee for their lives in Alberta, Canada.

Cal Fire: Butte Fire report, $90 Million and 2 lives lost

Jackson - The ultimate cause and the consequent blame for the Butte Fire in California late last year has been detailed in a report from Cal Fire.

Rachel Platten scores Top 5 album with 'Wildfire'

Rachel Platten has a major reason to celebrate. Her newest album "Wildfire" reached the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 charts.

Review: Rachel Platten amazing on new 'Wildfire' studio album Special

Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten will be releasing her "Wildfire" album tomorrow, on Jan. 1, and it is an excellent studio effort.

Rachel Platten to release new album, to embark on 'Wildfire' tour

Esteemed songstress Rachel Platten will be releasing her debut studio album, "Wildfire" on Columbia Records on January 1.

Firefighters gaining control over deadly Northern California fire

San Francisco - Firefighters in Northern California say they have reached 50 percent containment of the deadly Valley Fire that has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes in rural Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

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.

Central California wildfire threatens 3,000-year-old forest

Fresno - Firefighters in California are battling to protect 3,000-year-old Sequoia trees from a raging wildfire that has burned thousands of acres in Kings Canyon National Park and is approaching the ancient grove.

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.

Review: Jessie Chris stuns on new country album 'Wildfire' Special

Up-and-coming country singer Jessie Chris is back with her newest studio album "Wildfire," which she released independently.

Evacuations lifted as firefighters control California wildfire

Clearlake - Hundreds of residents of the Northern California counties of Lake, Colusa and Yolo were allowed to return to their homes Saturday after firefighters gained control over an unpredictable fire that burned more than 100 square miles of scenic hill country.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Roaring wildfire threatens historic California mining town

Markleeville - California and Nevada firefighters battling a wind-fanned wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains conceded Tuesday that the blaze had outpaced containment efforts and was out of control.
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A scene from the Colorado wildfires
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As night approaches  the fire slows its advance toward Snow Summit
As night approaches, the fire slows its advance toward Snow Summit
Evacuess gather at the Athabasca evacuation center.
Evacuess gather at the Athabasca evacuation center.
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The wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has burned over 208 square miles, according to authorities.
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Sept. 10, 2013 scene of bush fires in Sydney, Australia's western suburbs and Blue Mountains.
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GETTING OUT: Cars back up on southbound Highway 63 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Wednesday as thousands of residents flee an out-of-control wildfire believed to have mostly destroyed the city in Canada's oil sands region.
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A U.S. Forest Service aircraft breaks away as a Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 begins dropping retardant on a section of the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, Colo.
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The burnt area as seen from the north shore of Big Bear Lake on August 24, 2015
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Even firefighters need a moment to rest while battling the Erskine Fire.
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Steep terrain, limited access and high temperatures hampered firefighters while battling the Rhoads Canyon Fire in Central Oregon.
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The San Gabrial Complex Fire is located just north of Los Angeles in the San Gabrial Mountains. This image was taken on June 20, 2016.
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Smoke close to Calvary Chapel Big Bear
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The extreme fire conditions in southern California.
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MODIS-aqua satellite view of the smoke from the #KingFire across the Sacramento valley and adjacent foothills.
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About 88 000 people in and around Ft. McMurray have been evacuated.
About 88,000 people in and around Ft. McMurray have been evacuated.
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A Colorado sunset tinged with smoke from the wildfires
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New Mexico's Las Conchas wildfire.
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Forcett fire at about 4pm from the air at Hobart Airport
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