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The most common ways people spark devastating wildfires in the U.S.

July 13, 2016

Millions of acres of land are burned by wildfires every year across the United States, and humans are to blame for many of the blazes.

On average, there are more than 60,000 human-ignited fires every year across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Two federal firefighters killed amid wildfires in several states

July 11, 2016

Two federal firefighters returning from a wildfire patrol in remote northern Nevada have been killed in a crash, while crews are battling blazes across the Western U.S.

2 months later, massive Canadian wildfire finally 'under control'

July 05, 2016

The "beast" is dead. The Fort McMurray wildfire — one of the costliest and most damaging wildfires in Canadian history — was officially declared "under control" Tuesday by provincial officials.

The fire started May 1 near Fort McMurray, Alberta, and soon roared into the city, forcing 80,000 residents to flee in what was the biggest fire evacuation in Albertan history ...

Firewise landscaping sends wildfire around man's house, house and family survives

July 01, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - When Pat Telleria envisioned the house that would be his home for more than 20 years, that vision included defensible space and Firewise landscaping methods. Today, June 30, 2016, his house still stands, and his principles in practice paid off as the Table Rock fire evaded his home as it consumed thousands of acres in the Boise foothills.

Lightning Sparked Dozens of New Wildfires Across Alaska

June 28, 2016

Thousands of lightning strikes over the weekend, especially in northern Alaska, have given wildfire crews more than three dozen new fires to contain and track, including at least three near Huslia.

Drones Causing Problems for Firefighters Battling Massive Fires

June 27, 2016

As at least three major wildfires rage across the American southwest, the people tasked with controlling them are contending with an unusual problem beyond the flames themselves: Drones. Officials say that small personal drones are increasingly being spotted flying near or above wildfires, interfering with aircraft used for aerial firefighting and firefighter transport operations.

Utah town ready for wildfire evacuation

June 24, 2016

Utah firefighters are trying to keep a wildfire burning in a forest on the edge of a small mountain town from descending on homes.

Officials encouraged residents of about 400 homes in the southwestern Utah town of Pine Valley to leave the area and warned that mandatory evacuations could be ordered if the fire flares up.

Evacuations Lifted at Utah Wildfire

June 23, 2016

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The Latest on wildfires burning across the West (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Authorities are lifting evacuations at a small mountain town near a southern Utah wildfire.

Firefighting officials said Thursday that the blaze isn't under control yet and Pine Valley residents may be asked to leave again, but it's now safe enough for people to return home.

The lightning-sparked wildfire has torched more than a square mile of rugged terrain about 35 miles north of St. George since it started June 13. The evacuations of about 100 homes were ordered Tuesday.

360 firefighters battle Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado

June 21, 2016

Afternoon thunderstorms and erratic winds are challenges for the firefighters at the Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado. Fire managers said they now have 359 firefighters on scene.

Wildfires Threaten Homes in Calabasas and West Hills, Suburbs of Los Angeles

June 05, 2016

Brush fires fed by a heat wave and tinder-dry conditions tore through the suburban hills north of Los Angeles on Saturday night, chasing hundreds of residents from their homes.