The Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona is 45 percent contained. Next week, Congress will hold hearings on how to reduce wildfires through better forest management. Some see political opportunism for logging.
In the states, the battle over gay marriage is gathering steam. Federal judges have preempted local efforts toward legal gay marriage in some states, while activists in other states are gearing up for ballot measures. One state may be moving toward a stronger defense of traditional marriage. Here's the state-by-state rundown.
Desmond, who worked as a firefighter in Arizona during his college years, discusses the difference between rural and city firefighting and how firefighters talk themselves through the risk of the job.
Triple-digit temperatures are expected to last into next week across much of the US West, including parts of the Pacific Northwest. Authorities list precautions in the face of a heat wave.