{FD} Forecasters warn of fires, crop damage across US high plains

The amount of moisture received across the United States' southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to stubble across several states.

{FD} Prehistoric cave believed to be 10 million years old found in Texas

After residents in a Round Rock neighborhood complained of lack of water, county officials made a surprising discovery. A pipe had broken due to the collapse of a cave roof. Experts believe the cave was formed millions of years ago.

{FD} Tribe fights Arizona ski resort over use of wastewater to make snow

A long-running dispute between the Hopi Nation and an Arizona ski area took a new turn earlier this month when a state court of appeals ruled that the Native American tribe has the legal right to fight against the use of treated wastewater to make snow at the resort.

{FD} The Latest: Gains made against rural California wildfire

The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Officials say they've made some gains against a wind-driven wildfire in rural central California that's threatening hundreds of buildings.

{FD} Insurance firms dispatch private firefighters in California

Among the army of firefighters who have been protecting neighborhoods at the front lines of Southern California's monstrous wildfire are small teams hired by insurance companies to provide personalized prevention and protection for threatened homeowners.

{FD} California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.

{FD} Booming Houston built over land meant for flood projects

The explosive expansion of Houston subdivisions into prairies far to the west helped make the city affordable for the average 345 people who moved there each day, but it also paved over thousands of acres that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had intended for a reservoir and other flood-control projects to help against deluges like the ones from Harvey.