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Amid wildfires, North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town

<b>By Jonathan Mattise and Tom Foreman Jr.,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i><p>LAKE LURE, N.C. — Don Cason had his 125-year-old inn in the western North Carolina …

Drought fuels tens of thousands of acres of Southern wildfires

As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South — including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-size area of north Georgia — some traditional outdoor activities are now banned.<p>Starting campfires, lighting fireworks, smoking cigarettes, even parking a car off-road are prohibited, for fear that …

Wildfires

California wildfires: What is a firenado?

<b>Amidst the devastation of a huge wildfire in the US state of California, photos have emerged of a rare force of nature.</b><p>Firenadoes, torrents of wind and flame that burn at extreme temperatures, have been spotted in the hills near San Bernardino, 60 miles (96km) east of Los Angeles.<p>The whirlwinds …

Massive Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass burns 37,000 acres, now 26% contained

The tally for California’s harsh fire season ascended to even grimmer terrain Saturday as officials announced that the Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass has destroyed 105 homes and 213 other structures.<p>The toll in San Bernardino County caps a week of extensive losses across California, including 300 …

San Bernardino County

Soberanes Fire near Big Sur grows to nearly 20,000 acres

A stubborn wildfire ablaze in the wooded canyons and ridges south of Carmel in Monterey County — one of several fires burning around the state — grew to 23,5000 acres late Tuesday and is only 10 percent contained, firefighters said.<p>The Soberanes Fire continued to scorch the steep and …

Extinction

Santa Clarita Sand fire: Why are California wildfires getting worse?

Dry temperatures and a heat wave fanned the flames of wildfire in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., consuming 5,500 acres in just a day.<p>Extremely dry …

California wildfires: Hundreds flee homes near Los Angeles

<b>Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, the authorities say.</b><p>The fires had covered an area of 20,000 acres by Saturday evening, sending a pall of smoke south across parts of Los Angeles County.<p>About 300 people have been …

Huge swaths of Russia's forests are ablaze during what may be a record fire season

It is fire season in Siberia, which means vast tracts of boreal forests are ablaze. As occurred in 2015, smoke is turning skies a bright orange across eastern Russia, China and other downwind areas.<p>The past few years have seen huge conflagrations in this region, due to a combination of forest …

Russia

Vast Peat Fires Threaten Health and Boost Global Warming

<i>From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.</i><p>June 28, 2016 — As forest fires devastated Fort McMurray, Alberta, last month, a …

Climate Change

What California Can Learn From How the South Manages Wildfires

As deadly wildfires blaze, experts are calling on the state to emulate the South’s long tradition of prescribed burning.<p>There are three things that give him joy in life, says Johnny Stowe: “Beer, my grandkids, and fire.”<p>Not a campsite fire, or a house fire, but fire that Stowe prescribes and …