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US Forest Service Hits Brakes on AZ Restoration Project

The U.S. Forest Service has put the brakes on a effort to thin hundreds of square miles of land in Arizona to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, drawing sharp rebukes from elected officials.

Future of Lake Tahoe (NV) Clarity in Question as Wildfires Worsen

When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters.

CA Wildfires Threaten Famous Giant Sequoia Trees

Multiple forest fires on Thursday were threatening groves of gigantic sequoias in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains that are home to some of the world's largest trees.
Firefighter facing away with turnout gear

Two Firefighters Killed, Four Injured in Czech Gas Explosion

Two firefighters were killed in a gas explosion that leveled a family house in southeast Czech Republic, officials said on Wednesday.
Fatal quake in China

Earthquake in China Collapses Homes, Kills at Least Three

An earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China's Sichuan province.

Search at Grand Canyon (AZ) Turns Up Remains of Another Person

Crews searching for a missing man at Grand Canyon National Park made an unexpected discovery this summer.

Fires Shut Sequoia National Park (CA), Could Threaten Huge Trees

Both fires were projected to advance in the direction of Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias including the General Sherman Tree.
Wildfire in mountains in Spain

Rainfall Helps Firefighters Control Wildfire in Southern Spain

Authorities in southern Spain say that rain has helped to bring under control a major wildfire that ravaged 19,200 acres of land despite more than five days of intense firefighting.

Nicholas Strengthens to Hurricane Ahead of TX Landfall

Nicholas strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Monday as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana.
Fire burns home in small California town

Wildfire Burns Structures in Small CA Town

Damage assessments were pending in a small Northern California town struck by a small but fast-moving wildfire.