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Eau Claire Fire Deputy Chief Allyn Bertrang says the biggest factor for the risk is dry vegetation, meaning something as minimal as a few sparks could lead to a much larger fire.

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Sequoia National Park has been shut down and its namesake gigantic trees could be in danger as forest fires burn in steep terrain across California’s Sierra Nevada. The combined size of two fires has grown to more than nine square miles since they were ignited by lightning last week.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says Palestinian militants have launched a rocket into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The military says it intercepted the rocket and there were no casualties. The launch came at a time of heightened tensions following an escape by six Palestinian militants from an Israeli prison last week and lingering

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Pressure is building around Israel’s prison system after fires broke out at several facilities and the government searched for six Palestinian escapees who have been on the run since they tunneled out two days earlier. Fires were reported at several prisons Wednesday amid efforts to try to move inmates as

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people forced to flee South Lake Tahoe because of a California wildfire could begin to return to their homes. State fire officials say evacuation orders for the area were reduced to warnings as of 3 p.m. Sunday. Some 22,000 people had been forced to flee

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Parts of the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will reopen Saturday as firefighters make progress fighting wildfires in northeastern Minnesota. The Superior National Forest is lifting the full closure of the Boundary Waters and the Crooked Lake area near the fires in Canada. The closure had dealt a blow to