Firefighters in southern California are battling a massive wildfire, about a half a year ahead of the normal fire season. A particularly dry winter has left the dry landscape ripe for burning.
Carr Fire in Northern California is the most destructive of 130 large, active wildfires burning across the US from Texas to Alaska and in Canada. A second firefighter has been killed near Yosemite.
Thousands of people have fled their homes as 5,000 buildings in Northern California are threatened by the raging wildfires. Extreme heat and gusty winds have caused "fire tornadoes" and the fires are set to continue.
The US president's attempt to blame the largest wildfire in California history on a failure to cut down trees — like his claim that climate change is a Chinese hoax — is falling flat as a heat wave grips the planet.
Italian planes and Norwegian helicopters have been deployed to help tackle more than 40 large blazes across central Sweden. Fires were also registered in the country's northernmost county in the Arctic Circle.
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