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Wildfires in US getting wilder and nearer to urban areas

Extreme fire behaviour - difficult to predict, dangerous to fight - has been the watchword of the 2017 season

Maggie Rose, her dog, Butch, and items she has readied if she must evacuate due to the wildfire in the Columbia Gorge, in Troutdale, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, on Sept 12.

Troutdale, Oregon

SOME fires suddenly exploded in size. One in Montana doubled in 24 hours, charring 78 square miles overnight - an area bigger than Brooklyn, a borough in New York City. Already-burning fires started new ones, shooting embers like artillery...