Firefighters make progress in quelling California wildfire Aug 10, 2018 0 239 12345 REUTERSLOS ANGELESFIREFIGHTERS battling the largest recorded wildfire in California's history made progress in extinguishing the flames, even as the blaze grew overnight, the state fire agency said on Thursday.More than 4,000 firefighters in northern California are confronting two conflagrations that covered more than 304,400 acres (123,000 hectares) on Thursday. So far, two firefighters have been injured and 119 homes destroyed.Although the total size of the blaze grew by about 2,000 acres (810 hectares) overnight, firefighters were able to contain 51 percent of it, up from 46 percent the night before, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.Separately, about 100 miles northeast, near Redding, 4,700 crews were fighting the 176,000-acre Carr Fire, which has been blamed for seven deaths, including two firefighters, and the destruction of 1,077 homes, Cal Fire said.The Carr Fire was 48 percent contained on Thursday. Firefighters have struggled against it in steep, inaccessible terrain, Cal Fire said.Winds gusting up to 35 miles (56 km) an hour and temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 C) are forecast from Thursday afternoon to Saturday in northern California, the National Weather Service said in a Red Flag warning. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020 Aug 10, 2018 0 522 Assange considers offer to appear before US Senate committee Aug 10, 2018 0 271 Conservative party to probe Johnson for burqa remarks, mulls action Aug 10, 2018 0 325 US says Russia sanctions to target security-related goods REUTERS LONDON US sanctions on Russia will target exports of national security-related goods including sectors such as specialised oil and gas technology and some electronics and sensors, a senior US State Department .. Respite as Portugal blaze dies down Monchique Wildfires which have blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames."It's calmer and we do not have .. Colombia blames kidnap of soldiers on ELN guerrillas Bogota Three off-duty soldiers were kidnapped by suspected ELN guerrillas on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, authorities said on Thursday. The news comes a week after Marxist ELN rebels offered to .. Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit Athens Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93."What's important today is .. Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Istanbul At least nine migrants including seven children died early Thursday after their boat sank off the western coast of Turkey, local media reported. Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat .. Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain after Italy refusal Algeciras, Spain Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the stranded Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off .. US appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide washington A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of .. Judge backs off comments to prosecutors in Manafort's trial REUTERS WASHINGTON THE judge in the trial of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors for harsh commentary directed at prosecutors. "I may have ..