A firefighter watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. So far 400 people have been evacuated from areas threatened by the blaze that has scorched more than 11,500 acres of land
A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot in San Marcos, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out in Southern California during another day of a sweltering heat
Bystanders watch a cloth warehouse fire in New Delhi, India on Tuesday.
A policeman helps a resident away as a fire engulfs a shanty town in the financial district of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, leaving more than 1,000 people homeless, according to city officials. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the blaze. Read more
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West Midland firefighters tackle a large blaze that started Sunday night at J&A Young’s recycling plant in Smethwick, near Birmingham, UK, and which was still burning on Monday. The fire was apparently started by a Chinese lantern that fell onto the site and set alight 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material, sending a plume of smoke 6,000ft into the air. Read more