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Canadian wildfires trigger pollution advisory in Minnesota

Haze from Canadian wildfires triggers air pollution advisory across large part of Minnesota
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The thick haze caused by smoke from more than 100 Canadian wildfires has triggered an air pollution health advisory across a large part of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports that the air quality is rated unhealthy for everyone for a large part of northwestern and north-central Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes and Brainerd.

Officials to begin lifting evacuation after train derailment

Officials to begin lifting evacuation after train derails, catches fire in Tennessee
Steve Megargee And Johnny Clark, The Associated Press

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Preparations began Friday to allow thousands of eastern Tennessee residents to return to their homes after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.

About 5,000 people within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site were evacuated, along with several businesses, Thursday morning in Maryville. Most received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately.

Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

Church fires not usually arson or racially motivated; investigators find weather cause in SC
Bruce Smith And Ray Henry, The Associated Press

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. - As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found no evidence of criminal intent in the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, about 50 miles north of the "Mother Emanuel" church in Charleston where nine people were killed June 17.

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee; thousands evacuated from nearby area
Steve Megargee, The Associated Press

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.

Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires

Western wildfires: Fire crews report progress fighting Washington blazes
The Associated Press

Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada.

Here is a look at hotspots around the West.

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WASHINGTON

Firefighters attacked hotspots at a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 30 homes in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.

By Wednesday evening, the blaze was 83 per cent contained, fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said.

7 injured after explosion, fire at petroleum centre

7 people injured after explosion, fire at petroleum centre in northeast Nebraska
The Associated Press

WEST POINT, Neb. - An explosion and fire at a northeast Nebraska petroleum distribution centre left seven people injured Wednesday, two of them critically, officials said.

The explosion happened at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point, about 70 miles northwest of Omaha, General Manager Tim Kaup said. He told reporters the company doesn't yet know what caused the explosion.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point said in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in the town about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.

Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown

Fire burns at South Carolina church previously burned down by KKK; cause being investigated
Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Twenty years after the Ku Klux Klan burned it down, a South Carolina black church, north of Charleston, has caught fire again and authorities were trying to determine why.

This time, the Tuesday night blaze came as storms moved through the area, casting uncertainty over whether the fire was intentionally set. No one was believed to be inside at the time.

Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown

Fire breaks out at South Carolina church previously burned down by KKK; cause unknown
Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was believed to be inside at the time.

Fire crews make gains against damaging Washington wildfire

Fire crews report progress against damaging Washington wildfire; residents search ruined homes
Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Surveying the smouldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage.

"You can't tell from here, but that's a brand new truck," Smith said, looking at the burned vehicle.

Smith was among those in Wenatchee searching for something to salvage after a fast-moving wildfire destroyed two dozen houses and several businesses.

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