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As fall begins in Alaska, wildfires linked to warming rage on

Usually, Alaska wildfires wind down by late July, but this week, the state Department of Natural Resources extended the official fire season to Sept. 30.

Wildfires hit central Portugal, 1,000 firefighters mobilised

Strong winds are making it tougher for firefighters to put out the blazes, which started on Saturday afternoon in Castelo Branco, a district 225 kilometres (139 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon.


"Worst is still to come": Sizzling Europe battles wildfires, health risks

Temperatures climbed towards 44 degrees Celsius in parts of northern Spain and southern France, driving many people to seek relief in the sea, rivers, lakes, fountains and swimming pools.

Danish man charged with starting destructive Colorado wildfire

The blaze has scorched nearly 108,000 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, although wetter weather and mild temperatures this week have allowed crews to carve containment lines around 83 per cent of the fire by Thursday afternoon.

Wildfires rage in Colorado as weather conditions deteriorate

The largest blaze, the so-called Spring Creek Fire, had scorched more than 14,000 acres (5,666 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland and La Veta, in southern Colorado.

California wildfires cause $1 billion in damages, burn as many as 7,000 buildings

Most of the newly counted destroyed buildings were burned on October 8 and October 9, when the wildfires broke out in wine country north of San Francisco and other nearby areas.


US National Park icons threatened by wind-frenzied wildfires

Two crown jewels of the National Park Service are under threat due to wildfires which is being fuelled further by wind-driven fires, combined with high temperatures and dry conditions pushing the flames toward manmade and natural icons in and around Glacier and Yosemite national parks.

Northern California wildfire destroys 400 homes, businesses

Officials also counted 400 homes, two apartment complexes and 10 businesses destroyed by the flames, department spokeswoman Lynn Valentine said.

Washington wildfires: Barack Obama extends evacuation orders in state

Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state, authorizing the officials to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires.

Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage

Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said.