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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

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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...

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