A helicopter makes a water drop on a wildfire hot spot Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Carmel Valley, Calif. The blaze burning north of the community of Jamesburg quickly grew after starting Saturday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. (Vern Fisher/The Monterey County Herald via AP)

Crews gain more control over destructive California blazes

Crews made gains overnight on one of the worst wildfires in California history, mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines after it and two other blazes in the northern part of the state have combined to kill several people and destroy nearly 1,600 homes.

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Tropical Storm Ida gets stronger in the Atlantic

The storm’s maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 50 mph (80 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so followed by slight weakening on Wednesday.

This photo released by National Park Service shows from left to right: Gary Favela, Don Teichner, Muku Reynolds, Steve Arthur, Linda Arthur, Robin Brum, and Mark MacKenzie.  The hikers, six from California and one from Nevada, died when fast-moving floodwaters rushed through a narrow park canyon Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.  (National Park Service via AP)

Photo found after flooding reveals final image of 7 hikers

The men and women from California and Nevada posed with their arms around each other before trying to climb and swim through the popular sandstone gorge. Days later, rescuers searching for their bodies found the camera, revealing the final image of the group before they died.

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, the Canyon Creek Complex fire burns near John Day, Ore. In addition to rangeland lost, ranchers and ranching groups say hundreds of cows have perished and millions of dollars’ worth of hay stacks and barns has gone up in flames. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian/OregonLive via AP, File)   MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

As wildfires rage in West, ranchers lose cattle, rangeland

The vast majority of the 1.6 million acres — nearly 2,600 square miles — that burned in Oregon, Idaho and Washington this year are federally owned, data show, with large swaths of that public land used as rangeland for livestock grazing.

Picture taken near Fort Wayne International Airport.

Photos: Severe thunderstorm

A severe storm is rolling through the area, bringing with it heavy winds and rains and hail in some locations.