Western wildfires explode in size amid hot, windy conditions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wildfires in California and Montana erupted overnight in windy, hot conditions and quickly encroached on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for more than 100 homes on Saturday, while a fire in Idaho was spreading. In California’s Klamath National Forest, the rapid McKinney Fire, which started on Friday, grew from just over 1 … Read more

Southwestern rains flood deserts and cascade into Vegas casinos

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Intense summer thunderstorms that flooded parts of Las Vegas — causing water to cascade from the ceilings of the casino and pool onto the carpet of a sports betting area the size of a stadium — were part of a broad regional monsoon pattern that can repeat through the weekend, a … Read more

California Oak Fire: Fast-growing blaze engulfs homes near Yosemite National Park as it burns over 15,000 acres

For more on the fires, “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bellheads to California to find out how communities are learning to coexist with the frequent destruction. The original series airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET. CNN — A fierce wildfire outside Yosemite Park in California is displaying “unprecedented” behavior, “moving extremely fast” and … Read more