Boeing 747 SuperTanker fights California fire for 1st time

A firefighter battles the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville California. REUTERS  Noah Berger

Cal Fire reported that as of Wednesday afternoon, 1,176 people, 107 fire engines, 19 water tenders, 10 helicopters, nine air tankers, 10 bulldozers and 23 hand crews were working the fire.

In Las Vegas, weekend travelers can expect to see temperatures hovering around 100 degrees today and tomorrow, 97 on Sunday and 98 for the holiday.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened.

An official says firefighters are battling a lightning-sparked wildfire in a remote part of the vast former national nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.

La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday, has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said.

More than 1,000 nuclear detonations occurred at the 1,360-square-mile (3522-square-kilometer) secure federal reservation from 1951 to 1992.

"We believe that they are residences", Eldridge said of the buildings.

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In Northern California, Gov.

- Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday for Butte County amid a wildfire that has destroyed 20 homes, scorched almost 6 square miles and forced residents to evacuate.

The fire Wednesday was burning in dry manzanita, timber and brush northwest of Forbestown, Read said. A Forest Service battalion chief, 47-year-old Gary Helming, was killed in a traffic accident while making the 200-mile drive home from fighting the fire.

Evacuation orders have been lifted at a wildfire on the California-Nevada line but a long stretch of highway is still closed in both directions.

The blaze that began Tuesday near the town of Oroville is among a series of wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including in and around California's Yosemite National Park. It's threatening 500 homes.

Air quality from wildfire smoke is a problem in Montana and OR, where athletic events — from kayaking and half-marathons to high school football games — have been postponed in the outdoors-loving state.

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