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Colorado wildfires grow as California prepares for extreme winds

The so-called East Troublesome Fire burning in Grand County, Colorado, has exploded from 19,000 acres to more than 125,000 on Thursday, becoming the second-largest fire in the state's history, and forcing thousands of families to evacuate.

White House rejects California's request for disaster-relief aid

Sacramento - The Trump administration rejected California's request for disaster-relief funds to help it recover from some of the worst wildfires in the state's history.

Wildfires in Middle East force evacuations, detonate landmines

Beirut - Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed two people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border.

California wildfires have burned close to 4 million acres

California is poised to hit a fearsome milestone: 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) burned this year by wildfires that have killed 31 people and incinerated hundreds of homes in what is already the worst fire season on record.

California wildfires explode overnight, forcing thousands to flee

About 4,500 residents of a senior living community were among thousands of Californians Monday driven from their homes in Sonoma County by new wildfires that exploded in size overnight.

California braces for hot, windy weekend and elevated fire danger

Los Angeles - A heat wave is set to descend upon Southern California starting this weekend, potentially bringing triple-digit temperatures and elevated fire danger to the region. PG&E, the state's largest utility, has already warned of possible power shutoffs.

Western wildfire smoke is clouding the skies of Canada and Europe

The smoke from the fires out West, which has choked residents of California, Washington, and Oregon and painted the skies a haunting orange color, is everywhere. Now, the smoke is clouding the skies in New England, parts of Canada, and even Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds found dead in Western US

Biologists at New Mexico State University are trying to find out what is causing a mass mortality event among migratory birds. Hundreds of thousands of dead birds have been found from California to Texas, across the U.S. Southwest since August 2020.

Climate change is driving the extremes in weather and wildfires

We have seen two intense heatwaves on the U.S. West Coast, followed by some of the most catastrophic wildfires in recent memory - while a few hundred miles to the East, temperatures dropped and two feet of snow fell. Coincidence? No, it's climate change.

Heatwave and wildfires create hellish conditions in California

More than 200 people were airlifted to safety early Sunday after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest amid record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures that are baking the state.

Western states bake in 'life-threatening' heat wave this weekend

Fifty million people in Nevada, California, Oregon and Arizona are under excessive, life-threatening heat watches or warnings through the Labor Day weekend as temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) are expected.

We now live in the Pyrocene Age — a time of wildfires and smoke

The number and sheer magnitude of wildfires around the globe over the last two years have set records, not only in the amount of acreage burned, but in smoke pollution. One scholar, Stephen J. Pyne, suggests humans are living in a new age, the pyrocene.

California burning: Hundreds of wildfires force thousands to flee

Sacramento - Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Heatwave, wildfires, power loss — California declares emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Tuesday to deploy resources to "combat fires burning across the state which have been exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds."

Wildfires in California and Colorado fueled by brutal heatwave

Firefighters in Southern Californian and in Colorado are struggling to contain multiple wildfires in brutal dry heat, and in some areas, windy conditions. The fires have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and triggered air quality alerts.

Wildfires in three Western states have burned over 90,000 acres

Firefighters across three Western states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 90,000 acres. Rising temperatures have not helped as firefighters in California, Oregon and Colorado work to get the blazes under control.

Siberian Arctic sets record for June heat as wildfires spread

Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June, more than 5 degrees Celsius (9°F) above normal, in a heatwave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known.

Scientists map wildfire fuel moisture across western US

Researchers have developed a deep-learning model that maps fuel moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states, opening a door for better fire predictions - even as drought conditions are expected to worsen.

Study shows that wildfires are changing Canada's boreal forests

Toronto - The increasing frequency of wildfires in Canada’s boreal forest may be permanently changing one of the largest intact ecosystems left on Earth, research suggests.

Using technology to keep lights on can also prevent wildfires

California utilities are experimenting with a new technology that proponents say could help prevent both electricity shutoffs and equipment failure-related wildfires.

Hurricane-force Santa Ana winds to hit southern California

The National Weather Service has issued a rare “extreme red flag warning” for Southern California through Thursday evening, saying winds could top 80 mph and be the strongest in more than a decade.

Winds are fueling the flames of over a dozen fires in California

A new wildfire, called the Getty Fire, broke out this morning in Los Angeles' posh Sherman Oaks neighborhood, while in northern California, the Kincade Fire has grown to 66,231 acres, and is just 5 percent contained.

California wildfires prompt statewide emergency as 200,000 flee

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state.

PG&E warns of massive power cuts due to 'Diablo' winds Saturday

Sacramento - After a brief break from howling winds, firefighters in Northern California braced for more ferocious "diablo winds" Saturday, prompting PG&E to warn it may shut down power to nearly 850,000 customers - nearly 2 million people.

Strong Santa Ana winds fan wildfires in Southern California

Wildfires in both Los Angeles County and Northern California's wine country continued to burn Friday morning. Punishing Santa Ana winds aren't expected to die down until Friday night while heat advisories remain in effect for coastal areas.

California power blackout may affect 1.5 million customers

Sacramento - Hundreds of thousands of residents in Northern California have had their power shut off as PG&E attempts to keep its power lines from sparking wildfires amid high winds. The blackout comes as a wildfire scorched 10,000 acres last night in Sonoma county.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Santa Ana winds die down in California, lessening fire threat

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation blasted as "unacceptable" by the state's governor.
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A Florida Department of Forestry helicopter just exits the smoke after dumping its bucket of water on to an area where firefighters need additional help to fight the blaze.
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Firefighters tackle a wildfire near the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
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Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Over 240 wildfires are raging through central British Columbia.
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Over 100 wildfires are burning in Florida on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
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File photo: Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
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