Smoke from the Northern California wildfires and other major wildfires across the Western U.S. fill the horizon as the sun sets over Utah Lake and Provo. The U.S. Army has been asked to send 200 troops to assist the more then 29,000 civilian firefighters deployed throughput the West. This is the first time the Army has been called to provide troops to fight fires since 2006.
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Firefighters protest during a 24 hour strike outside Methodist Central Hall Westminster on Wednesday in London, England. Firefighters across the country are parcipitating in the strike over changes to their pensions
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
Smoldering remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early Friday. Over 1,000 firefighters battled a series of fast-moving southern California wildfires that spread across the region despite the efforts of more than 20 firefighting aircraft.
Chinese firefighters try to rescue a pig from a well at a farm in Huanghua, Zhejiang province, on Friday.
Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Thursday
Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile
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Firefighters work to contain the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, southeastern Australia. Two major blazes have been deliberately merged in a desperate attempt to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.
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Policemen stand guard while firefighters are spraying foam from behind the barricades during a protest near the Lambermont in Brussels, the residence of the Belgian prime minister, while ministers were holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the budget. Firefighters are asking for more funding for their service.
A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.
A fireman with his dog on the picket line at Euston London Fire Brigade station house in London. Firefighters and Fire Service staff across England and Wales striked on Wednesday over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved.
Firefighters walk among thousands of exploded propane cylinders that litter the storage yard of a propane plant after massive explosions overnight in the plant’s yard, in Tavares, Florida. Dozens of explosions rocked the propane tank servicing plant northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said.
US forest firefighters take a rest in tents at the command post as a mountain fire lights up the night skies near Idyllwild, California on Thursday.
Firefighters work to put out a fire as white phosphorus exploded after a violent collision when a truck crashed into another vehicle on a highway in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province on April 19, 2013. One of the two truck drivers was killed in the accident while the other succeeded to get out of the truck before the explosion.