Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state were focusing on a major blaze Sunday near the town of Lithgow that stretched along a 300-kilometer (190-mile) front.
Nearly a hundred wildfires burned across Australia's most populous state on Thursday, 18 of which were out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape, officials said.
Some residents near a big wildfire in the central Idaho resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley received permission to return home Monday, but many more remained out in the region while blazes elsewhere in the West prompted new evacuations or warnings to be on standby to flee.
A lightning-sparked wildfire fanned by high winds has destroyed at least a dozen homes as it threatens hundreds of others near a Utah resort town where firefighters prepared to battle the blaze for a second day Wednesday.
Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Southern California mountain communities near Palm Springs on Sunday, after firefighters aided by heavy rain made substantial progress against a week-old wildfire.
A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs grew overnight and continued to threaten the town of Idyllwild Friday as crews kept an eye on an advancing thunderstorm.
A wind shift is turning a Southern California wildfire back toward populated areas and forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 homes, hotels and cabins in Idyllwild and smaller surrounding communities.
Fanned by another afternoon of high winds, the erratic wildfire threatening tourist areas of the southwestern Colorado mountains grew to 100 square miles on Saturday, and fire officials said they saw little hope for a break before Tuesday.
A wildfire fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and thick, bone-dry forests has destroyed 92 homes, damaged five more and prompted more than 7,000 residents northeast of Colorado Springs to flee, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.
A wildfire that broke out north of Los Angeles burned out of control and threatened homes and power lines, but improved firefighting conditions after nightfall slowed its growth and residents who had evacuated were allowed to return, officials said.