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Two killed in Chile forest fire

A forest fire burns in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, April 12, 2014. Credit: Reuters\Cesar Pincheira

A huge forest fire raging near the Chilean port of Valparaiso has killed at least two people and destroyed 500 homes, officials have said.

Thousands of people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.

Firefighters were having difficulty combating the blaze because of the topography of the city, which is surrounded by dozens of steep hills where most people live.

Wildfire in hills near Los Angeles largely contained

A helicopter drops water as firefighters battle a fast-moving California wildfire on Friday. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A wildfire in the hills near Los Angeles was more than 75 percent contained on Sunday, after blackening some 1,900 acres (769 hectares) of drought-parched shrubland and destroying five homes, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire, was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday, said Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest & Fire Department.

The blaze, centered in the San Gabriel Mountains on territory that is part of the Angeles National Forest, was 78 percent contained, Judy said.

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Campers arrested over California wildfires

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving wildfire in California.

The three men arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving California wildfire. Credit: Reuters

Clifford Eugene Henry Jr. 22, Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, were camping in the area.

"Reportedly they set a campfire and were tossing papers into the campfire and a breeze kicked up and set the fire," Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. "They are being cooperative. I'm told one has made an admission to our detectives and has admitted setting this fire."

California wildfires destroys homes and land

A fast-moving California wildfire forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes, fire and law enforcement officials said.

A reporter is filmed in front of a blazing building. Credit: Reuters

The fire roared out of control, destroying at least two homes.

The fire forced more than 1,000 residents to flee,. Credit: Reuters

The blaze erupted on Thursday morning in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

A man uses a garden hose to protect his home from the fast-moving California wildfire. Credit: Reuters

More than 1,700 acres of vegetation had been blackened by mid-morning in the so-called Colby Fire, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

A helicopter drops water over the flames of the so-called "Colby Fire" in the hills of Glendora, California. Credit: Reuters

Some 1,000 homes evacuated in California wildfires

About 1,000 homes have been evacuated as a wildfire sweeps through a national forest some 30 miles from central Los Angeles, NBC News reports.

A car drives away from the Colby Fire in hills above Glendora, California Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The blaze has grown rapidly, fanned by strong gusts of wind, to cover 1,700 acres.

A home falls victim to the Colby Fire in Glendora Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Police in the city of Glendora police say they believe an out-of-control camp fire may be to blame and have arrested two people in connection.

The US Forest Service detained one person near the origin of the fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A fire crew climbs a hill at the Colby Fire Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Firefighters up against 2,000-acre wildfire in Arizona

Firefighters have been working to bring a wildfire under control close to the US town of Yarnell, about 90 miles north-west of Pheonix, Arizona.

The 'A' marks Yarnell in Arizona where wildfires are being fought Credit: Google Maps

The local press is reporting that state authorities plan to call in federal help to battle the 2,000-acre blaze.

About 200 firefighters are working to control the blaze, which has destroyed several homes in the community.

Fire crews control wildfire in Scottish Highlands

Wildfires spread across Banavie, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: @Charlie_Fink

A massive blaze that spread across miles of grassland in Banavie in the Scottish Highlands has been brought under control by firefighters.

The uncontrolled blaze was one of the worst of almost 100 wildfires reported to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service yesterday, stretching around three miles across the area north of Fort William.

Lib Dem MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Charles Kennedy said: "I have never witnessed anything quite on the scale of yesterday's massive hill fire above Banavie and Corpach. If the initial reports are confirmed, then it is miraculous that there was no significant loss of property, far less worse.

"The spate of such fires recently across the Highlands acts as a timely warning to us all. But most of all it makes us all profoundly grateful for the professional expertise and courage of our firefighters and the other emergency services. We are indebted to them all."

Wildfires spread across Scottish Highlands

A blaze stretching three miles has engulfed the Scottish Highlands, according to the fire service.

Approximately 45 firefighters and officers along with eight appliances have been called to tackle a wild fire north of Fort William in the Highlands.

The fire is on grassland and heath north of the B8004 road and while wind is blowing smoke in the direction of residential properties no buildings are on fire or have been evacuated.

The fire service are working in partnership with the police should any evacuations need to take place.

Man killed as Australia wildfires rage on

Wildfires continue to rage across southern Australia, killing one man as soaring temperatures make the situation increasingly difficult for firefighters.

A firefighter assesses a wildfire in Gippsland, Victoria. Credit: Channel 7

The man, who has not been identified, was discovered in a burned out car near Seaton in Victoria, around 120 miles east of Melbourne, Victoria Police said.

He is believed to be the first victim of the wildfires that have plagued Australia since the beginning of the summer.

Firefighters are unable to put out a home ablaze in Gippsland, Victoria. Credit: Channel 7

"It's a very dangerous environment we're experiencing today," Victoria Country Fire Authority operations manager Bill Johnstone said. "Given the conditions, it's probably as bad as it can get".

The fire in Gippsland, Victoria, seen from the air. Credit: Channel 7

Record-high temperatures and dry conditions in many areas have added to the ferocity of some fires.

In New South Wales, a heatwave is also underway, with temperatures soaring past 40C earlier today. Central Sydney hit a record high of 45.8C, while some areas nearby hit 46C.

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