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Georgia-Florida state line a hot spot for raging wildfire

It will be a very tough and long week for firefighters in Georgia and Florida over the next few days as the Okefenokee wildfire, known as the West Mims Fire continues to rage after being sparked by lightning on April 6.

Wildfires raging across Florida force evacuation of thousands

Naples - Over 115 wildfires raged across Florida on Saturday, reports the Florida Forest Service. Over 30,000 acres have been burned and 7,000 homes have been evacuated.

Drought intensifies in parts of Florida, creating water shortage

Orlando - As the drought in central and parts of southern Florida intensifies, water is becoming scarce. On Thursday, South Florida water managers issued a water shortage warning, affecting close to 10 million residents.

'Florida Burning' Governor Scott declares state of emergency

Jacksonville - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as over 100 wildfires blazed across the state. Since February, over 68,000 acres have been burned.

Wildfires rage in Boulder, Colorado and western North Carolina

A wildfire near the city of Boulder, Colorado prompted the evacuation of 426 homes on Sunday, while a wildfire in Western North Carolina, near Nebo in McDowell County, continues to rage almost unabated.

Gatlinburg, Tenn. up in flames as wildfire rages through area

Gatlinburg - On Monday afternoon, a large wildfire burning in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park spurred on by 70 to 80 mph winds quickly engulfing nearby communities, including Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Politically motivated arson? Thousands flee wildfires in Israel

Haifa - As a wildfire roared through Haifa, Israel's third-largest city on Thursday, tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes.

Dozens of wildfires in Southeastern U.S. burn over 80,000 acres

There are dozens of major wildfires blazing in the drought-ravaged Southeast of the U.S. As of today, wildfires, many of them set on purpose, have burned over 80,000 acres. One fire in Georgia has burned an area the size of Manhattan.

Forest fires in Appalachia prompt mass evacuations

Durham - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had already declared a state of emergency covering 25 drought-ridden western counties with over 20 wildfires, but by Saturday evening, the situation went from bad to worse.

Northern Calif. wildfire burns through town, torching 175 homes

Lower Lake - Entire streets of the small community of Lower Lake, California, once filled with homes and businesses, have been reduced to a smoking rubble after a fast-moving wildfire roared through the town 90 miles north of San Francisco on Sunday.

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.

Wildfires in California and Colorado lead to evacuations

A pair of wildfires burning in both California and Colorado forced the evacuation of hundreds of people and left two firefighters injured on Saturday. But the worst is yet to come as red flag warnings have been issued for a number of western states.

Heat and winds spread wildfires in California and Arizona

Triple-digit temperatures, along with gusty winds and dry conditions allowed a wildfire to quickly spread in a rural subdivision 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, forcing the evacuation of 400 families.

How drones, satellites and LIDAR tech help in fighting wildfires

It wasn't too many years ago that pick axes and shovels made up the primary tools firefighters had at their disposal when fighting brush or forest fires. But modern technology had changed the way we look at, as well as the way we fight fires.

Firefighters battling wildfires in four states during heatwave

Firefighters are battling home-threatening wildfires in four southwestern states today, along with gusting winds and extreme, possibly record-breaking heat.

British Columbia may be facing wildfires and drought this summer

Vancouver - The snowpack in British Columbia started melting early this year and because of the generally warm and dry conditions we had in April, the melting was quick.

Are birds keeping wildfires in northern Australia going?

Humans aren't the only creatures on Earth that have learned to use fire as a tool. Two species of birds may be purposely starting wildfires in Australia to force their prey out of hiding.

Op-Ed: Are you ready to choose the last generation?

All parents love their children. And every grandparent falls in love with their grandkids. Which generation are you willing to kill?

Wildfires intensify in Siberia

Moscow - Wildfires raging through Siberia intensified on Wednesday as thousands of emergency workers battled to tackle the blazes, officials said.

Wildfires in Canada prompt evacuations and air quality advisories

Canada's fire season broke out early this year, with wildfires popping up in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Alberta in late May. As the season continues, large swaths of western Canada and the U.S. have been blanketed with hazy smoke.

Alaska wildfires 'human-caused' — Resources stretched thin

An Alaska wildfire along a main highway between Achorage and Fairbanks grew by a thousand acres on Wednesday. The Sockeye fire, named for a street in Willow where it started on Sunday, has now blackened 12 square miles.

New wildfire study says we must learn to coexist or perish

Smokey the bear, the U.S. Forestry Service's well known icon has always told the public, "Only you can prevent forest fires." But after researchers conducted a three continent study on wildfires, the consensus of opinion may be that Smokey is wrong.

Woman sparks 51,000 acre wildfire to help bored firefighters

An Oregon women admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer because her firefighter friends were bored and needed some work.

High temperatures in B.C. and Alberta stoke additional wildfires

Another week of no rain and above average temperatures is being forecast for British Columbia and Alberta this week as wildfires continue to ravage the woodlands. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center reports about 60 wildfires being fought today.

A new 'super-sized' soot particle found in wildfire emissions

Scientists have been trying to quantify the impact of wildfire soot particles on climate change and human health for years. Every year, wildfires consume millions of acres of land, emitting 34 percent of the total global soot mass into the atmosphere.

Nuclear waste removal from Los Alamos delayed by safety concerns

Los Alamos - On Friday the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would be unable to meet a June 30 deadline for removing drums of nuclear waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico because of safety concerns over the radiological materials.

Federal budget to fight wildfires is over $400 million short

A new report released on Friday by the Department of Agriculture projects spending by the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to fight wildfires this year will exceed the $1.4 billion authorized by Congress by over $400 million.

Are U.S. wildfires fuelled by climate change?

Some new research suggests that climate change has triggered some of the larger and more destructive wildfires that are scorching vast areas of the American West.

Smoke over northern Spain from North American wildfires

Stunning images from NASA's Terra satellite captured on Wednesday and Thursday show smoke plumes over Spain and the western Mediterranean, which they think has come from wildfires in Canada.

Californian wildfires burn toxic pesticides

Los Angeles - Residents in Southern California have been warned not to breathe in the smoke caused by massive wildfires which have broken out across a huge swathe of countryside.
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An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
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Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
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B.C. has some of the world’s most sought-after wildfire fighters.
B.C. has some of the world’s most sought-after wildfire fighters.
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In Martin County  Florida  state Forest Service firefighting with bulldozers as embers swirl
In Martin County, Florida, state Forest Service firefighting with bulldozers as embers swirl
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
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Firefighters race to save a home where the edge of a wildfire is less than 50 feet from the home.
Firefighters race to save a home where the edge of a wildfire is less than 50 feet from the home.
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.
A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on hous...
A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on houses near Del Dios Highway on May 15, 2014 near San Marcos, California
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Aerial operations in the  Okefenokee Refuge April 11  2017.
Aerial operations in the Okefenokee Refuge April 11, 2017.
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Cascade Complex, Idaho, 2007. Photo taken: Sep 11, 2007
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A wildfire closes in on the backyard of a home. All the fire needs is a breeze in the direction of the house to send flames and hot embers to set the house on fire.
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Location of active wildfires in Alaska as of July 6  2015.
Location of active wildfires in Alaska as of July 6, 2015.
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Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada's wildfire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray.
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It is just the latest example of the frightening extremes marking this historic western wildfire season. So far, more than seven million acres has been torched this season.
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Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
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The nFish Fire and Reservoir Fire are threatening to merge into a mega-wildfire. Over 700 families have already been evacuated.
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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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