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Several wildfires are burning across Colorado amid record heat and high winds. The Big Meadows fire is burning on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Royal Gorge fire is burning in Royal Gorge Park while the Black Forest fire is burning in El Paso County. Aerial photo of the Black Forest Fire outside Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 12, 2013. A structure off of Herring Road burns out of control in the midst of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, CO on June 11, 2013. Many homes have already been lost to the raging fire that continues to burn out of control. A DC-10 slurry bomber fights the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, CO.

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The Powerhouse Fire grew to 19,500 acres in northern Los Angeles County after a hot and windy Saturday, burning structures and prompting evacuations in rugged areas between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. At least five homes have burned in the blaze, said Los Angeles County Fire spokesman Keith Mora. Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire at the Angeles National Forest, with the fire now having destroyed several homes near Lake Hughes, California on June 1.

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday declared this week as "Wildfire Awareness Week" in recognition of last week's devastating fires northwest of Los Angeles. His proclamation noted, "In an average year, wildfires burn 900,000 acres of California's timber and grasslands." Rains that moved into the area on Monday helped extinguish the fires that started last Thursday along US Route 101 near Camarillo Springs and Thousand Oaks, endangering some 4,000 homes. A firefighting helicopter makes a drop on a wildfire on May 3 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A huge Southern California wildfire burned through coastal wilderness to the beach on Friday then stormed back through canyons toward inland neighborhoods when winds reversed direction. A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as the Springs Fire continues to grow on May 3 near Camarillo, Calif. The wildfire has spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and is 20 percent contained. Firefighter Justin Romero of the New Mexico based Silver City Hotshots uses a drip torch to build a backfire up the mountain off Potrero Road to control the Springs Fire near Newbury Park, Calif., on May 3. A fierce, wind-driven wildfire spread on Friday along the California coast northwest of Los Angeles, threatening 4,000 homes and a military base as residents were evacuated ahead of the flames and a university campus was closed.

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A vast wildfire, measuring half the size of the state of Rhode Island and described as the second worst fire in Arizona history, continues to surge across eastern Arizona. The fire has jumped past firefighter's containment lines to reach the edges of residential areas, prompting more evacuation orders. Winds carrying burning embers continue to ignite smaller fires, causing new concerns about the prospect of extinguishing the 13-day-old fire. The Wallow Fire has destroyed approximately 337,000 acres and threatens main electrical lines that supply power as far away as west Texas. Thousands have evacuated. Fire lights up a hillside south of State Route 260 as building lights shine in the foreground, June 6, 2011. Police officers direct traffic as local residents evacuate from the Wallow Wildfire in Springerville, June 7, 2011.

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Late yesterday, December 5th, Israeli authorities said that they had finally gained control of a raging four-day wildfire in the Carmel Forest near the city of Haifa, Israel. The fire was the worst in Israel's history, consuming about 10,000 acres of forest and about four million trees. Israeli responders were helped by an international fleet of more than 30 firefighting aircraft and ground personnel from more than 16 countries. At least 42 people were killed and more than 17,000 residents evacuated. Two suspects have now been arrested and stand accused of negligently setting the blaze. Collected here are images from the recent wildfires around Haifa, and those caught up in the disaster. Ultra orthodox Jewish men watch as smoke from a wildfire rises into the sky on December 2, 2010 in Haifa, Israel. A large forest fire in northern Israel has reportedly killed at least 42 people. A house burns as it is engulfed by a wildfire on December 4, 2010 in Ein Hod, Israel. US Evergreen 747 supertanker sprays fire retardant over a burning area in Ein Hod in the Carmel Forest in the outskirts of Haifa on December 5, 2010.

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Residents of the area scorched by the Fourmile Canyon Fire are returning home for the first time since they were evacuated on Monday, September 6th with a warning to be alert to hazards that continue to lurk there. Power lines and poles are down, fire hot spots remain, roads are damaged, phone, water and electricity are unavailable in some areas, abandoned mine shafts have been exposed and some continue to smolder, said Boulder County spokeswoman Barb Halpin. “If they are fortunate enough to have a home standing there are some health and safety issues for them to be aware of,” she said. The fire in the hills west of Boulder that began on Labor Day destroyed 169 structures and forced the evacuation of over 3,000 people. Firefighters have extinguished most active fire within the area, but much of the ground remains hot to the touch. Firefighters continue to rake hot spots to assure they don’t flare up in the future. Tom and Anna Neuer barely escaped the flames surrounding their Gold Hill home after watching their neighbors' homes go up in flames. The two are sure that their home is also gone. Anna covers her face with her hands after Tom mentions the new solar panels that were just installed on their roof that she had not yet thought about. Tom describes driving their van on the left through flames as they made their way down the road away from their home. A sign for firefighters attached to an truck near an old barn along 51st street near the Boulder Reservoir send a heartfelt message out to crews battling the Fourmile Canyon Fire on its fourth day. Over 700 firefighters currently deployed on this fire are staging at the Boulder Reservoir. Multiple agencies from Boulder County including Nederland Fire, Lefthand Fire and Gold Hill Fire responded to a wildland fire in Emerson Gulch near Gold Hill. Crews worked through the night doing initial attack in homes in the Gold Hill area as well as Colorado Mountain Ranch.

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Last month, Russia endured the hottest July ever recorded since records began 130 years ago. The intense heat and drought affecting central Russia has been drying out trees and peat marshes, which have been catching fire recently, burning forests, fields and houses across a massive region. Some 500 new fires have been reported in the last 24 hours alone, and a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of emergency workers is underway to combat them. President Dmitry Medvedev has now declared a state of emergency in seven regions. To date, over 1,500 homes have been destroyed and 40 lives have been lost. as wildfires continue across over 300,000 acres. A soldier walks past birches, which are charred, damaged by fire on the outskirts of the Russian city of Voronezh. Men walk in front of a burning building near Vyksa, Russia. A woman raises her hands to her face, walking away from a scene filled with heavy smoke and fire near Vyksa, Russia.

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Hundreds of new fires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat, but firefighters claimed success in bringing some of the wildfires raging around cities under control. The firefighters got much-needed help from residents desperate to save their homes, who shoveled sand onto the flames and carted water in large plastic bottles. The wildfires that began threatening much of western Russia last week have killed 28 people and destroyed or damaged 77 towns or villages, the Emergencies Ministry said. Thousands of people have been evacuated from areas in the path of flames, but no deaths have been recorded since late Wednesday. Troops and volunteers have joined tens of thousands of firefighters in combating the fires, which blazed just outside Moscow and in several provinces east and south of the capital. Residents search belongings from the ruins of their houses which were destroyed by a forest fire in the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Saturday, July 31, 2010. A Russian woman holding a baby cries near the remains of her burned out home in Voronezh on August 1, 2010. Firefighters fought an uphill battle against spreading forest fires that have already killed 30 people, destroyed thousands of homes and mobilized hundreds of thousands of emergency workers. The emergency ministry said that forest fires had engulfed more than 114,000 hectares across Russia. Flames travel along the floor of the forest as a parched forest burns near a suburb of the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Hundreds of new fires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat.

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Firefighters say calm, cool morning weather has dampened a Kern County wildfire that's burned 25 structures. The blaze about 10 miles south of Tehachapi still threatens 150 homes but fire spokesman John Buchanan says he sees mainly smoke and embers Thursday morning. However, the area about 70 miles north of Los Angeles gets gusty afternoon winds and Buchanan says firefighters are expecting gusts of up to 14 mph. The 1,400-acre fire began Tuesday and is 25 percent contained. Firefighters expect to have it fully surrounded by Friday. A helicopter flies over burning timber on way to drop water on Kern County fire near Tehachapi, Calif., on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, as firefighters try to mop up the blaze which destroyed more than 30 structures in the area. An inmate crew marches to the fire at Old West Ranch were residents were evacuated due to a wildfire about 10 miles southeast of the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi, Calif. A bulldozer pushes over a burning tree that caught fire at Old West Ranch.

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