California in Flames: Crews battle nine blazes as thousands flee

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Nine fires have been ravaging San Diego County since Tuesday, damaging homes and sending tens of thousands of residents fleeing to safety.

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Nine dead, including 8 children, in Kentucky house fire

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A mother and eight children were killed when a fire tore through a Kentucky home on Thursday morning, authorities said.

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Leave now: ‘Angry’ Idaho fire spreads to 126,000 acres, threatens luxury homes

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Fears grow for more than 10,000 houses, including getaways owned by Hanks, Willis and Schwarzenegger. “Take your essentials … and pets and GO NOW,” officials warn.

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Idaho wildfire spreads to 92,000 acres as more than a thousand homes evacuated

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Firefighters in Hailey, Idaho, were battling the raging Beaver Creek Fire on Saturday as the blaze entered its tenth day and forced more than 1,000 people from their homes.

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'Aggressive,' 'devastating' fire burning thousands of acres in Southern California

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A “very aggressive” fire in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains grew to 8,000 acres Tuesday, damaging several structures, forcing mandatory evacuations and spreading heavy smoke into the Coachella Valley, officials said.

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Major fire after train carrying oil derails in Quebec town near Canada-US border

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A Quebec town was evacuated after a train carrying petroleum products derailed and exploded in the early hours of Saturday morning, setting a massive blaze that authorities said continued to burn as responders feared additional blasts.

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Officials: Survivor of Arizona fire crew followed protocol; blaze now partly contained

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The lone survivor of a 20-member elite crew deployed to fight a wildfire in Arizona was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing, officials said Tuesday as the blaze was partly contained for the first time.

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Small paper lantern sparks massive fire at UK recycling plant

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A very large fire started by a paper lantern has consumed more than 100,000 tons of plastic materials at a recycling facility in central England.

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Granite Mountain Hotshots: Tough as nails but ‘being nice’ was key requirement

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Not just anyone could become a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

The elite firefighting force — which lost 19 of its 20 members in a wildfire on Sunday —  required candidates to complete a boot camp-style test to prove they were in peak physical condition.

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'Heroes': 19 elite firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze

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Nineteen firefighters - all members of an elite response team - were killed Sunday battling a fast-moving wildfire in Arizona, marking the deadliest single incident for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said.

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Officials: 19 firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze

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A fast-moving wildfire in central Arizona claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday, authorities said.

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Colorado wildfires destroy more than 350 homes, force evacuations

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A monster wildfire in Colorado has reduced 360 homes to cinders, with fire officials facing continued challenges on Thursday as they sought to contain the blazes that forced thousands of people to flee.

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Massive wildfire rages in California, threatening 1,000 homes

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More than 2,000 firefighters battling the 25,000-acre Powerhouse blaze in California inched closer to gaining control over the monstrous inferno early Monday as temperatures cooled, according to officials.

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BREAKING: Four firefighters killed, five injured in 5-alarm hotel fire in Houston, police say

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Officials confirm that at least four firefighters were killed in the five-alarm fire at a southwest Houston hotel Friday afternoon, KPRC reported.

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