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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.

Fires rage across Scottish highlands

Fort William - Firefighters have spent the Easter weekend battling a number of fires in the Scottish highlands. It is believed some of the fires may have been started deliberately.

Wildfires destroy 75 houses in Chile, about 600 people evacuated

Santiago - Dozens of homes were destroyed in Valparaiso, Chile, by wildfires that propagated out of control along several sections of the densely populated hills of the city; about 600 people were affected and evacuated to emergency shelters.

Fire on Canary Island 'Arson'

The Canary Island of La Gomera has lost 11% of its surface area to wildfires in recent weeks as a result of what one official has described as 'environmental terrorism'.

Wildfires hit Canary islands

It's the height of the tourist season and the Canary Islands have suffered another blow. This time its wildfires that have broken out on Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera.

Video: Wildfires in Utah spark off debates over gun rights

Salt Lake City - Authorities in Utah say that firearm use is causing too many wildfires. Two years ago firearm use reportedly caused 20 wildfires. Last year the number was 24. This year, officials say there have been 19 wildfires linked to firearm use.
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The caption on this picture reads: "Pray for the wildlife, this is heartbreaking!"
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A NASA satellite image shows smoke from wildfires in Kentucky  North Carolina  Tennessee and Virgini...
A NASA satellite image shows smoke from wildfires in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
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Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada s wildfire-ravaged city of Fort M...
Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada's wildfire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray.
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Barely visible through the smoke  a sheriff s helicopter  outfitted with a 300 gallon tank  dumps it...
Barely visible through the smoke, a sheriff's helicopter, outfitted with a 300 gallon tank, dumps its load on top of the fire where fireman can't get to.
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Image of the fire taken by NASA
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A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15  2014 in San Marcos...
A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California
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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.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Firefighters tackle a wildfire in the town of La Ronge  Saskatchewan.
Firefighters tackle a wildfire in the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
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Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Cascade Complex, Idaho, 2007. Photo taken: Sep 11, 2007
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Neighbors helping each other as the prepare to evacuate their homes when a 500+ acre wildfire consumed areas in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
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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The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
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The ongoing California drought has dried up the forests  making Northern California a tinderbox.
The ongoing California drought has dried up the forests, making Northern California a tinderbox.
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A State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said that twenty-three large fires  man...
A State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said that twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California, some 8,000 firefighters attempting to subdue them. August 1, 2015.
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Typical soot superaggregates seen from sampling of smoke plumes from the Nagarhole forest fire.
Typical soot superaggregates seen from sampling of smoke plumes from the Nagarhole forest fire.
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