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A large fire has engulfed scores of houses, shops, and other buildings in the Japanese coastal city of Itoigawa. The blaze, which started mid-morning local time, shows no sign of slowing, and fire crews are frantically working to put out the flames.

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An out-of-control bushfire ripping through California's central coast is expected to get worse before it gets better. On Saturday, California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) announced that the so-called Soberanes fire, which has already burned an area larger than San Francisco, could quadruple in size and rage for another month.

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On the list of things you're not advised to do in closed quarters with a limited oxygen supply, lighting a fire definitely ranks high. But this week, NASA did exactly that: The agency intentionally ignited a "large scale fire" aboard a spacecraft.

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It had all the elements of a catastrophe: A truck hit an electrical pole in the bone-dry canyons outside LA, exploding a transformer. Winds were brisk with temperatures above 32C. Despite that, the 500-acre blaze that looked particularly scary has only damaged three structures, reportedly because local residents had take the right precautions to protect themselves from bushfire.

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Watching a 63-storey Dubai hotel explode into flames on New Year's Eve and smolder well into New Year's Day, you might've been wondering the same thing I was: Why do so many of Dubai's skyscrapers catch fire? And how terrifying is it that this city can't seem to stop this from happening?