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Firefighters battling the Bobcat Fire near Cedar Springs in the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 21 in Los Angeles, California. The blaze is the third-largest recorded in the county. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters worked into the night to tackle the massive BobCat Fire before the expected arrival of warmer and drier weather later in the week. The blaze has burned over 112,000 acres and was 17% contained late Tuesday.

The big picture: 75 large wildfires were burning in the U.S. Tuesday, the first day of fall, as cooler weather provided relief to firefighters and improved air quality across the West. The mega-fires have killed at least 36 people and charred more than 5 million acres in Oregon, Washington and California — where 26 people have died, over 7,1000 structures have been destroyed and more than 3.6 million acres have been razed.

California
Firefighters near Wrightwood tackle the Bobcat Fire on Sept. 20. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
Homes destroyed by the mostly contained Hennessey Fire in Napa, California, on Sept. 15. The fire has burned over 315,000 acres, razed 633 structures and killed five people. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A firefighter surveys the burned remains of Berry Creek School in California on Sept. 14. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Cars drive along the Golden Gate Bridge under an orange smoke filled sky at midday in San Francisco, on Sept. 9, when air quality was among the worst in the world. Photo: Harold Postic/AFP via Getty Images
Oregon
A 12-year-old girl gets a free haircut from a hairdresser at the evacuation center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point on Sept. 16. Photo: Paula Bronstein/AFP via Getty Images
Downtown Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 14. Air quality had improved significantly by Sept. 18. Photo: Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
Homeowners survey their property in a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire on in Talent on Sept. 13. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images
A woman drops off donations for residents evacuated from the Riverside Fire at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby Sept. 13. Photo: Robyn Bec/AFP via Getty Images
Washington
A seagull flies past cranes on Harbor Island as smoke from wildfires fills the air on Sept. 12 in Seattle. "Most of the wildfire smoke has left western WA," the PS Clean Air Agency tweeted Sept. 19. "Air quality throughout the Puget Sound has reached GOOD. We expect GOOD air quality for the rest of the weekend and well into next week." Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images
Smoke from wildfires obscure the Space Needle and the Seattle skyline on Sept. 12 in Seattle. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images
Montana
A Flathead crew member "digging line around a spot fire on the Callahan Fire," according to the U.S. Forest Service on Sept. 18. Photo: Flathead Hotshots/U.S. Forest Service/FacebooK
Idaho
Part of Highway 21 between Grandjean and 10 miles outside of Stanley, is closed due to a wildfire in Salmon-Challis National Forest. Photo: U.S. Forest Service/Facebook
The Trap Fire was reported on the Sawtooth National Forest on Sept. 14 and is "burning on both sides of Highway 21," the U.S. Forest Service notes. Photo: U.S. Forest Service/Facebook

Go deeper: Portland has world's worst air quality as West Coast fires raze 5M acres

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details and images from the fires.

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Nov 15, 2020 - World

In photos: Egypt uncovers 100 ancient coffins buried 2,500 years ago

Newly rediscovered ancient sarcophagi are displayed in Saqqara, Egypt. Photo: Fadel Dawood/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt unveiled Saturday some 40 gilded statues and at least 100 ancient coffins dating back over 2,500 years — and some contain mummies.

The big picture: The find in a vast pharaonic necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, follows 59 intact sarcophagi uncovered at the site in September and October. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany told a briefing, "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents," per Al Jazeera. "Excavations are still under way."

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Rahm Emanuel floated for Transportation secretary

Rahm Emanuel. Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

President-elect Biden is strongly considering Rahm Emanuel to run the Department of Transportation, weighing the former Chicago mayor’s experience on infrastructure spending against concerns from progressives over his policing record.

Why it matters: The DOT could effectively become the new Commerce Department, as infrastructure spending, smart cities construction and the rollout of drone-delivery programs take on increasing economic weight.

4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden turns to experienced hands for White House economic team

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Joe Biden plans to announce Cecilia Rouse and Brian Deese as part of his economic team and Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: These are experienced hands. Unveiling a diverse group of advisers also may draw attention away from a selection of Deese to run the National Economic Council. Some progressives have criticized his work at BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm.