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Wildfire near Santa Barbara reaches more than 4,300 acres

A wildfire raced across the dry hills above the California city of Santa Barbara on Tuesday, forcing thousands of evacuation orders and drawing hundreds of firefighters tried to stop the flames from reaching homes.

Toxic waste sites in areas at risk of worsening natural disasters

Most of the nation's most dangerous toxic waste sites, which threaten human health and the environment, are under a threat of their own: climate change. And the US government needs to do more to address those risks, a watchdog group says.

Australian 16-year-old questioned over bushfire

A 16-year-old is being questioned by police in connection with a bushfire in the Australian state of Queensland, which destroyed 36 structures in the region's east coast.

Australia's firefighters battle historic blazes

Firefighters across Australia spent Tuesday battling some of the fiercest bushfires the country has seen for decades -- and the danger isn't over yet.

Australia on alert as 'catastrophic' fire threat looms

Two Australian states are bracing for a day of "catastrophic" risk as firefighters battle over 100 deadly active bushfires that have produced clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand.

Sydney faces 'catastrophic' fire threat

Two Australian states are bracing for a day of "catastrophic" risk as firefighters battle over 100 deadly active bushfires that have produced clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand.

Fast-growing California wildfire forces evacuations

A fast-growing wildfire in Yolo County, California, grew to 1700 acres with no containment Saturday evening, forcing residents near two communities to flee under mandatory evacuation orders as hot, dry, windy weather elevated fire risk 90 miles north of San Francisco.

Fires rip through Australia's southeast

A series of devastating brush fires have swept through Australia's southeastern state of Victoria, destroying multiple properties and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

How Paradise High School students are moving forward

In the three months since a fire virtually wiped out their town, everything in the lives of Paradise High School students has been temporary -- their housing, their day-to-day routines, the faceless office park they attend classes in.

California man sentenced to more than 12 years for starting wildfire

A California man was sentenced to more than 12 years in state prison Thursday after he admitted to starting last summer's Cranston Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, prosecutors said.

California fires: How authorities search for the missing

More than a week into three California fires, authorities are painstakingly searching for missing people and remains in ravaged neighborhoods.

Camp Fire death toll reaches 77 as list of missing drops

The death toll in Northern California's Camp Fire climbed by one person to a total of 77 on Sunday while the list of those unaccounted for dropped from nearly 1,300 to 993.

New wildfire threatening Southern California

A mass shooting claimed the lives of 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night. Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area.

What's in the air around you?

All around you, there are tiny particles suspended in the air, known as aerosols. When you zoom out and look at the world as a whole, these aerosols can paint a picture of what's going on across the earth's atmosphere, from weather patterns to natural and man-made events.