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Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

BLY: Out-of-state crews headed to Montana on Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Progress was being made on the nation's largest blaze, the Bootleg fire in Oregon, but less than half of it had been contained, fire officials said. The growth of the sprawling fire had slowed but thousands of homes remained threatened on its eastern side, authorities said. In California, governor, Gavin Newsom, on Friday proclaimed a state of emergency for four northern counties because of wildfires that he…
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Western wildfires: California blaze crosses into Nevada

Western wildfires: California blaze crosses into Nevada

GARDNERVILLE, Nev.: A Northern California wildfire crossed into Nevada, prompting new evacuations, but better weather has been helping crews battling the nation's largest blaze in southern Oregon. The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe had burned more than 68 square miles (176 square kilometers) of timber and head-high chaparral in national forest land. It erupted on July 4 and was one of nearly two dozen blazes sparked by lightning strikes. More than 1,200 firefighters were battling the Alpine County blaze, which has destroyed at least 10 buildings, forced evacuations in several communities and had closed parts of U.S. 395 in…
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Unstable weather will continue to fuel huge Oregon blaze

Unstable weather will continue to fuel huge Oregon blaze

PORTLAND: Dry, unstable and windy conditions will keep fueling a massive wildfire in southern Oregon, forecasters said, as the largely uncontained blaze grows by miles each day. The Bootleg Fire was just one of numerous wildfires burning across the US West. Crews had to flee the fire lines of the Oregon blaze late on Thursday after a dangerous "fire cloud" started to collapse, threatening them with strong downdrafts and flying embers. An initial review on Friday showed the Bootleg Fire destroyed 67 homes and 117 outbuildings overnight in one county. Authorities were still counting the losses in a second county…
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31 million under heat alerts as US West swelters; Death Valley temperature 54°C

31 million under heat alerts as US West swelters; Death Valley temperature 54°C

NEW YORK: Much of the West is facing further recordbreaking temperatures over the coming days with over 31 million people in areas under excessive heat warnings or heat advisories. It is the third heat wave to sweep the region this summer. In Death Valley in southeastern California’s Mojave Desert, temperatures soared to 130°F (54°C) on both Friday and Saturday and was forecast to hit the same peak on Sunday. If confirmed as accurate, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when Furnace Creek desert hit 134°F (57°C), considered the highest measured temperature on Earth.…
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Ukrainian parliament approves key judicial reform bill

Ukrainian parliament approves key judicial reform bill

KYIV, UKRAINE: Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a much-anticipated judicial reform, a move long sought by the West. The Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, voted to endorse a bill that sets up an independent panel to appoint judges. It includes a provision that gives international experts a decisive voice in selecting the nominees. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the bill's approval and promised to quickly sign it into law. He emphasized that the High Qualification Commission to be created to appoint judges would be formed in a way that would exclude any candidates tainted by corruption. ``The Verkhovna Rada has empowered…
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