Joining the professional firefighting crews on the front lines of the massive California wildfires are thousands of prisoners, brought out of their jails to engage in this dangerous work, all for a dollar an hour or less.
A University of Idaho study documents health declines and deteriorating reaction times. "A lot of [responders] face peer pressure to perform all the time," the study's author says. "Others feel pressured to protect natural resources and structures at all costs."
First responders demand action after Verizon throttles data speeds for the fire department during a natural disaster in Santa Clara County, Calif.
Some of the largest fires have ignited within the past few weeks as the state has seen record-setting temperatures—and the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come.
The blaze in a Bronx apartment building kills 12, including four children.
The fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties had scorched 273,400 acres, or about 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest.
Nineteen firefighters, most of them from an elite crew, were killed Sunday after they were overtaken by the fast moving flames of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Yet another mass shooting has taken place, this time claiming the lives of two firefighters who were responding to a blaze at a house in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., early Monday morning. (UPDATED)