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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Last evacuation orders rescinded in damaging Lake County fire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.

Lightning-sparked fire in northern Calif. grows to 1,330 acres

Hyampom - A wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California has grown to over 1,300 acres on Saturday after being sparked by a lightning strike on Tuesday, June 9. Forest service officials say the fire is only five percent contained.

Little Bobtail Lake wildfire — Start of bad fire season in B.C.

Prince George - First spotted on May 9, 2015, the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire in British Columbia, Canada has grown significantly to over 130 square kilometers in size, and is "zero" contained.

Local man accused of setting massive Sierra foothills fire

Placerville - Authorities still have not explained why they think a 37-year-old man Pollock Pines, Calif., man deliberately set a massive forest fire that has burned nearly 100,000 acres of timber and threatens more than 10,000 homes.

California wildfire out-of-control and showing 'explosive growth'

Sacramento - An out-of-control wildfire is now threatening more than 2,000 homes and an additional 1,500 smaller structures in Northern California. State fire officials say the fire has more than doubled in size in one day but is only five percent contained.
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The wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has burned over 208  square miles  according...
The wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has burned over 208 square miles, according to authorities.
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Steep terrain  limited access and high temperatures hampered firefighters while battling the Rhoads ...
Steep terrain, limited access and high temperatures hampered firefighters while battling the Rhoads Canyon Fire in Central Oregon.
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California has already had nearly 2 100 fires since January  1  2016  burning over 32 000 acres
California has already had nearly 2,100 fires since January 1, 2016, burning over 32,000 acres
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Many people were forced to flee north towards the oul-sands region because the only route south was ...
Many people were forced to flee north towards the oul-sands region because the only route south was closed at times due to smoke and fire.
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Susie Fire on August 4  2011 northwest of Elko  Nevada
Susie Fire on August 4, 2011 northwest of Elko, Nevada
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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire can be seen at nearby Coronado High School in western Colorado Spri...
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire can be seen at nearby Coronado High School in western Colorado Springs, Colo
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Wildfire spreads across Interstate 15 in Southern California on Friday afternoon.
Wildfire spreads across Interstate 15 in Southern California on Friday afternoon.
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The Fort McMurray wildfire has destroyed one of the oilsands camps north of the city and is roaring ...
The Fort McMurray wildfire has destroyed one of the oilsands camps north of the city and is roaring eastward toward others in its path. This image from the Suomi NPP satellite taken on May 17, 2016 shows the fires heading in that direction.
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By 3:20 p.m.  the flames has spread Eastward toward Snow Summit
By 3:20 p.m., the flames has spread Eastward toward Snow Summit
BURNING: Smoke billows from the hills above U.S. Highway 1 along the California coastline near Carme...
BURNING: Smoke billows from the hills above U.S. Highway 1 along the California coastline near Carmel last week as the Soberanes Fire begins to race out of control.
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The fire as seen on the horizon near Prescott  Arizona
The fire as seen on the horizon near Prescott, Arizona
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Alberta SRD helicopter.
Alberta SRD helicopter.
Sunset at Big Bear Lake on August 24 brings a happy ending to the Summit Fire  which smolders in the...
Sunset at Big Bear Lake on August 24 brings a happy ending to the Summit Fire, which smolders in the distance
The West Mims Fire in Okefenokee NWR is now estimated at over 130 942 acres  12 percent contained  a...
The West Mims Fire in Okefenokee NWR is now estimated at over 130,942 acres, 12 percent contained, and with 535 personnel assigned.
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Scene at a downtown Ft. McMurray mall. People were told to lock the doors and leave.
Scene at a downtown Ft. McMurray mall. People were told to lock the doors and leave.
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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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This is a tweet from Mark Tarello. Credit for the picture: @thepooh912 #GatlinburgFire #TNwx
This is a tweet from Mark Tarello. Credit for the picture: @thepooh912 #GatlinburgFire #TNwx
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While in Prince George  getting a first-hand update on the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire  Premier Chr...
While in Prince George, getting a first-hand update on the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire, Premier Christy Clark is reminded the public to do their part to prevent wildfires.
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B.C. Premiere Christy Clark prepares to board helicopter for close up look at wildfire on Friday.
B.C. Premiere Christy Clark prepares to board helicopter for close up look at wildfire on Friday.
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