COLUMBIA, N.C. (AP) Firefighters in eastern North Carolina have contained about 60 percent of a blaze that has spread thick smoke hundreds of miles.
Officials say the two-week-long blaze in a rural wildlife refuge has burned more than 41,000 acres, or 64 square miles. Crews planned Monday to pump 6 million gallons of water an hour from two lakes to saturate surrounding land.
Meanwhile in northern California, fire crews controlled blazes about 90 miles north of Sacramento that destroyed or damaged almost a hundred homes and knocked out power.
In Southern California, firefighters were mopping up hot spots in hills about 85 miles east of Los Angeles from a suspected arson.
Another weekend blaze has charred about 1,500 acres in mountains east of Las Cruces, N.M.