A large brush fire started at the northbound side of the Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita, California, Friday.
Fast and strong winds made the fire bigger and in just a matter of hours had covered thousands of acres and even doubling its size.
Firefighters immediately responded to contain the blaze from the ground. Aerial firefighters also took action. Fire-fighting helicopters were used from the Los Angeles Fire Department and from the county fire department. Cal Fire and fire fighters from the US Forest Service also arrived to help. more >>
A Hollywood Hills Fire started Tuesday afternoon near the northbound 101 Freeway and the Cahuenga Pass, which quickly spread to 18 acres. More than 200 fighters responded to the scene, while the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department announced a voluntary evacuation along the Holly Drive area. The brush fire was finally controlled after three hours.
Map of Fire
According to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department, residents reported smoke and fire around 3 p.m. along the freeway. The fire made its way on an elevation near the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre which moved towards San Marcos Drive. This area is known for its exclusive communities and luxury homes. The smoke from the blaze was seen as far as Los Angeles, Burbank and the surrounding areas. more >>
Temperatures will continue to rise this week as forecasters warn of searing temperatures due to very high humidity along with heat over a large portion of the United States.
Forecasters warned residents of the Midwest of a phenomenon known as a "heat dome." Heat domes develop when moisture combined with extreme high temperatures create more heat over a large area. The heat dome will cover the entire Midwest, sparing the northwest part of the United States.
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The first super typhoon of the season Nepartak looks like it will reach landfall in Taiwan within the next 24 to 48 hours.
The current path that the storm sees Nepartak landfall in Taiwan then head north to China before dissipating near the Korean peninsula sometime next week.
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The West Virginia flooding has killed of 24 people and left thousands of people homeless. The donation and collection drive for food, clothing and other items for the victims are still well underway, but there are still areas that remain devastated.
West Virginia Flooding Areas
Deadly floods poured out in torrents in West Virginia last week. At least 23 people have been killed and more than 1,200 homes have been ravaged in the state. Hundreds of homes and numerous businesses have been destroyed in Kanawaha and Roane County. Greenbrier County also suffered the same fate. more >>
The Erskine fire continues to blaze bright in Central California. So far, the wildfire, considered to be the most devastating, has burned more than 45,000 acres of land and destroyed more than 250 structures.
The Erskine fire has been burning since last week and it continues to do so as the summer heat and low humidity have been fanning its flames, pushing it further to what's left of Kern County. The wildfire started Thursday last week and has encompassed more than 46,000 acres of land, according to the Incident Information System.