Crews battling two dozen tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements, using a window of humidity and cooler temperatures to try quench the blazes ahead of a forecast spell of drier weather. More than 10,000 firefighters are now tackling the fires that have forced thousands to flee their homes and ravaged large tracts of land in the most populous US state. The biggest blaze in northern California, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has drawn in 3,478 firefighters.
US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to China on Wednesday over its land reclamation in the South China Sea and the "militarisation" of its disputed waters. Kerry raised the issues during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of a regional diplomatic gathering in Malaysia that has been dominated by tensions over China's moves to shore up its territorial claims. "Secretary Kerry reiterated his concern about rising tensions over disputed claims in the South China Sea and China's large-scale reclamation, construction, and militarisation of features there," a senior State Department official told reporters.