Wind gusts of 70 mph, 113 km/h have caused wildfires in Northern and Southern California to explode causing power cuts to almost a quarter of a million people with a further 50,000 ordered to evacuate.
Since the Civil War, more than half of Southern California's largest wildfires have occurred in the last 15 years
At the end of July 2018, five people died, two of them children along with tens of thousands evacuated as the "Carr Fire" destroyed 84,000 acres (34,000 hectares) of land an area three times bigger than the city of San Francisco.
The blaze was one of about a dozen major wildfires burning across California on Saturday and of nearly 90 overall from Texas to Oregon. Full Story
The three major fires raging across the state of California became the most destructive wildfire in its history killing nearly 100 people along with 600 missing at one point and razing 12,000 homes to the ground, while 250,000 evacuated Malibu, the home of celebrities as flames raged over 200 square miles. Full story