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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.

Massive Arizona wildfires consume thousands of acres

Four massive wildfires burning in central Arizona have scorched thousands of acres, leaving a nasty cloud of smoke hanging over much of the state and surrounding area.

Six firefighters killed in forest fire in Chile, arson suspected

Temuco - Six firefighters were killed and two were seriously burned while fighting a forest fire in the Araucania region in Chile; another worker is still missing. Authorities believe arson is involved.

TopFinds: Honoring 9/11 victims, wildfires ravage Texas

Arkansas honours its 9/11 victim with American flags. Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes in Texas. What happened to a police officer caught having sex on the hood of a car? These are the top stories making headlines.

Canadian troops help more than 2,500 evacuate Ontario wildfires

Thunder Bay - Northern Ontario is under siege from wildfires, threatening communities like Sandy Lake and Kingfisher Lake. On Wednesday, Canadian Forces helped people from 14 communities in the area escape.
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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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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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A man rides his bicycle away from burning hills in Azusa  California  northeast of Los Angeles  June...
A man rides his bicycle away from burning hills in Azusa, California, northeast of Los Angeles, June 20, 2016 as temperatures reach triple digits in the region and fires break out around the region.
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A Florida Department of Forestry firefighter bulldozing a path in the are that is on fire. These fir...
A Florida Department of Forestry firefighter bulldozing a path in the are that is on fire. These firefighters, as seen in this image, will push the fire out of their way as they create paths to get fire equipment in to fight the fire deeper than can be done from the road.
LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
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Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in s...
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
A Florida Department of Forestry helicopter just exits the smoke after dumping its bucket of water o...
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.
Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
The National
This homeowner tries to fight back a fully engulfed forest in his backyard using a garden hose to fi...
This homeowner tries to fight back a fully engulfed forest in his backyard using a garden hose to fight the fire. The hose is no match for the roaring fire, and he was picked up by firemen before his house caught on fire.
Alberta wildfires burn out of control.
Alberta wildfires burn out of control.
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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Firefighters preparing to join the fire lines.
Firefighters preparing to join the fire lines.
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A dense plume of smoke could be seen from various part of the city while the blaze was advancing out...
A dense plume of smoke could be seen from various part of the city while the blaze was advancing out of control.
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When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home  as in this wildfire it is approach...
When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home, as in this wildfire it is approaching a farm, policeman will help to keep a fire from spreading. In this 2006 photo, North Port police officer Noel Coward is pulling a hose to help firemen, already fighting the blaze, so they can extend the reach of the water.
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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.
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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Location of the major fires in Alaska.
Location of the major fires in Alaska.
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Image of the fire taken by NASA
Image of the fire taken by NASA
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