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Hot, dry weather has fueled wildfires across the West much earlier in the year than expected.
The Valley Fire was the third most destructive in state history and burned more than 1,200 homes.
About 600 Ventura County firefighters were attacking the wind-whipped rapidly growing fire on the ground and from the air Saturday.
"Those guys were truly brothers to me," Daniel Lyon said of the three firefighters who lost their lives in the flare-up on Aug. 19.
California officials are considering allowing inmates with violent backgrounds to work outside prison walls fighting wildfires.
At least one other person remains unaccounted for in the wake of the fire northwest of Sacramento that has destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings.
Photographer Peter DaSilva documented the destruction after the Valley fire burned over 75,000 acres and 1,000 structures.
The Valley Fire is considered the fourth worst fire in California history based on total structures burned.
At least one person reported to have died as the Tassajara fire flared in Carmel Valley, as crews got upper hand on fire in nearby Monterey County.
Two huge fires in Northern California are slowly being tamed, but not after taking at least five lives and consuming some 1,400 homes.
A separate blaze — called the Valley Fire — in Lake County, about 170 miles to the northwest, has killed three people and destroyed nearly 600 homes.
The story of a man and his dog that went missing during a raging wildfire gets a happy ending thanks to an Associated Press reporter.
Authorities say the remains of two more people have been found.
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said there was a civilian fatality in the Butte Fire, which destroyed 233 homes southeast of Sacramento.
Thousands of buildings are still threatened.
The fire, at around 100 square miles, was 30 percent contained late Tuesday, fire officials announced. The fire destroyed nearly 600 homes.
The Cal Fire firefighter is among hundreds who lost their homes over the weekend in the Valley Fire that's ravaging Northern California.
The Valley and Butte wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes leaving 23,000 people displaced in California.
"Everything looked like the inside of an oven," said Julie Wolf, whose son captured dramatic video of the escape from the inferno.
The Valley Fire is only 15 percent contained.
The swiftly spreading wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of Northern California residents to flee.
At least 400 homes and businesses were destroyed.
The Cal Fire firefighters suffered burn injuries while battling the Valley fire, which is burning about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.
An explosive and erratic wildfire grew to more than 100 square miles in Northern California on Saturday.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for the two counties affected by the fast-moving fire, which has burned more than 50,000 acres.
At least six homes have been destroyed as the Butte Fire, located southeast of Sacramento, grew from around 4,000 acres to 14,700 acres Thursday.
A Washington state firefighter badly burned in an accident during a fire that killed three of his comrades has made some progress, and his doctor is hopeful he will make a full recovery.
Commanders blamed a "lack of resources" for the continued spread of the 260,000-acre Okanogan Complex of fires in Washington state.
The fight to contain the Chelan Complex fire continues as it ravages Washington State.
The maker of Budweiser is sending 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — 51,744 cans — to Washington state.
Firefighters battling the 73,000-acre Canyon Creek wildfires in Oregon struggled with tougher conditions as two more communities were evacuated.
The Okanogan Complex of wildfires has surpassed last year's Carlton Complex blazes, fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said Monday morning.
More than 275,000 gallons of water have been dropped in an attempt to quell the sixteen large wildfires burning in Washington.
The governor actovated 250 more Guard members to help fight wildfires, while in Washington a huge blaze grew by 100 square miles.
At least 16 massive fires have swept through 400,000 acres of Washington, according to the governor's office.
More than 70 experts from Australia and New Zealand will travel to the United States to help tackle the deadly northwestern wildfires.
The three members of an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest engine crew died Wednesday when their vehicle was overtaken by flames.
Three firefighters were killed near Twisp, Washington on Wednesday as wildfires continue to burn across the West.
The firefighters, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service, were trying to control a blaze that broke out Wednesday afternoon and spread quickly and erratically.
Three firefighters were killed fighting one of the more than 100 wildfires burning across the West, authorities said.
Forest fires are getting worse and there are more of them. And the way the U.S. pays for firefighting is only making matters worse.
NBC News animation shows the area where the Chelan Wildfire is burning. The fire is just one of several that have burned through seven million acres so far.
They will be trained and then deployed on Sunday, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
As dozens of wildfires continued to blaze across the West on Monday, officials worried about the pace of this year's wildfires and the resources available to fight them.
Experts say there are limits to the use of a jumbo jet as a firefighting tool.
Wildfires continued to scorch the West, forcing evacuations, leaving thousands without power and enveloping the San Francisco Bay Area in thick smoke.
A hospital near Chelan Lake is moving its patients and wildfires forced the evacuation of 1,200 homes after lightning strikes sparked blazes Friday.
The 24,000-acre Stouts Creek fire was sparked by a lawnmower, and the person responsible could be on the hook for millions of dollars.
Mandatory evacuation orders remained for about 150 people near the Jerusalem fire, which broke out Sunday just south of another large blaze.
A firefighter was killed Saturday while helping to battle the so-called Sierra Fire near Lake Tahoe, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
At least 43 houses have been destroyed by the so-called Rocky Fire near Lake County, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.
California firefighters made more progress battling the massive Rocky Fire, but some residents who have returned found homes destroyed.
The Rocky Fire, which has burned more than 68,000 acres west of Sacramento, is 20 percent contained after burning for a week.
Winds from the east Tuesday raised fears that the Rocky Fire west of Sacramento could be pushed in a different direction, fire officials said.
Two giant C-130 Hercules planes joined more than a dozen other air tankers and helicopters
Drought ridden California falls victim to another blazing wildfire as the Rocky Fire scorches acres of land, destroys homes, and forces thousands to evacuate.
Thousands of people were ordered out of their homes Monday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across northern California.
More than 50 buildings, including 24 residences have been destroyed, by the Rocky Fire.
The Rocky Fire in Lake and Yolo counties grew by 9,000 acres by Saturday and 24 homes have burned in a large area west of Sacramento.
Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires across California, which have killed one firefighter and displaced hundreds of people from their home
U.S. Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl died while battling a wildfire in northern California.
The Wragg Fire, which has covered 6,900 acres in Napa and Solano counties, was 47 percent contained, three days after it broke out.
A wildfire blazing through California wine country has displaced residents, destroyed thousands of acres of land, and has yet to be extinguished.
A cyclist could have to pay for extinguishing a 73-acre fire he set when he burned his toilet paper after relieving himself in an Idaho ravine.
The Wragg fire in Northern California grew to almost 7,000 acres, threatening 200 structures, but the Napa Valley wineries appeared safe for now.
The blaze, which was 5 percent contained, prompted evacuations and the rescue of three hikers.
The North Fire remained at 3,500 acres in San Bernardino County Saturday, a day after winds drove the fire over an interstate and setting cars ablaze.
More than a dozen vehicles were in flames after the rapidly-moving brush fire in dry California swept over Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County.
Since 2007, one in every five state wildfires was deemed arson, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Nimble helicopters with night vision and lumbering tankers that date back to World War II keep conflagrations from morphing into catastrophes.
Smoke from fires burning in British Columbia and Saskatchewan has spread into the U.S., leading to health advisories across the West and Midwest.
Thick smoke from Canadian wildfires churned across the border Monday, leading to health advisories across the U.S. West and Midwest.
The Sleepy Hollow fire roared through Wenatchee, Washington, destroying homes and businesses, and creating dangerous conditions for many.
A fast Washington wildfire that jumped from roof to roof is now partly contained, but parts of Wenatchee continue to burn.
Authorities in Alaska are reporting an unusually high number of wildfires burning simultaneously across the tundra and forests of the state.
"Losing the ability to utilize these aircraft has a serious impact on the success of the firefighters on the ground."
The three-alarm brush fire in Southern California broke out at around 1 p.m. in the Stevenson Ranch area in the Santa Clarita Valley north of L.A.
Cooler weather and higher humidity dealt an ace to firefighters battling the Sockeye wildfire in Alaska, which is now more than half contained.
Nearly 2,000 firefighters and support personnel were battling a 25-square-mile wildfire in California's San Bernardino National Forest on Sunday.
A San Diego-area judge found the unidentified teen guilty Tuesday of four of the five counts against her, saying she started the blaze with a lighter.
Fire crews were mopping up from the wind-whipped Round Fire in Northern California, which destroyed 40 homes and forced the evacuations of 250 people.
Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, was arrested Saturday and charged with setting the Boles Fire, which burned half the town of Weed, Calif.
Investigators said it's possible that trailer safety chains dragging on pavement caused the Dog Rock fire, which has burned more than 270 acres.
The Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park, where an airtanker pilot crashed to his death, grew to 250 acres and was at zero containment.
The cause of the air tanker crash that killed Craig Hunt, a 13-year veteran pilot and father of two, is still under investigation.
CalFire has grounded all flights in Yosemite following the crash. The airtanker was one of several fighting the Dog Rock Fire. The condition of the pilot is unknown.
The tanker went down as it was flying over the Dog Rock Fire near the Arch Rock in Yosemite National Park, California fire officials said.
Crews battling a huge California wildfire threatening thousands of homes braced for hotter temperatures and erratic winds.
The King fire, burning 60 miles east of Sacramento in the town of El Dorado, has ballooned to nearly 130 square miles.
Northern California's King Fire was 10 percent contained and burned through nearly 81,000 acres overnight Friday.
California fire and law enforcement officials announce that an arson suspect has been arrested, in connection with the "King" wildfire, which now threatens 12,000 homes.
The so-called King Fire in El Dorado County grew to more than 70,000 acres overnight Wednesday, becoming the largest blaze in the area in 20 years.
Fire crews around California fight 12 major fires across the state, including the King Fire which has burned over 30,000 acres
KCRA's Richard Sharp reports evacuees forced from their homes by California's "King" wildfire express frustration, as fire officials attempt to deal with a rapidly changing fire environment.
More than 6,000 men and women are on the front lines in California battling at least 13 blazes in unprecedented conditions.
5,000 homes and other structures were under threat as drought conditions hampered firefighters battling a dozen California wildfires.
Crews set backfires along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California Tuesday night to stop the King Fire from spreading.