• Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state


    LOS ANGELES: President Barack Obama declared an emergency Friday for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America’s drought-stricken West. Obama’s declaration releases federal funds to help in relief efforts in the northwestern state, where several fires are burning out of control and three firefighters have been killed. Large wildfires are currently blazing across 10 US states, with active fires burning some 1.3 million acres (526,000 hectares).



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