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Firefighters hoped moist air would help them get the upper hand on a fire that has burned more than 12,000 acres of land in California's wine country.
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Two people drowned after their recreational boat sank in a bay off Alaska's southern coast and they tried to swim for shore, state troopers said.
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As jugglers danced with hoops and spirals of fire, vehicles belched flames and hypnotic drums echoed through the night, more than 35,000 costumed revelers ritually burned a 40-foot neon-and-wooden icon of a man deep in the Nevada desert.
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A 9,300-acre wildfire burned out of control Saturday in Sonoma County's wine country, as another fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada destroyed 11 homes.
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