Haunting photos show wildfire as frightening backdrop to golf game

Harrowing photos out of Washington this week show golfers playing their rounds as the devastating Eagle Creek wildfire burns in the distance.

The photos, taken by Reuters photographer Kristi McCluer at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington, give a glimpse into the devastation the fire has wreaked on the Northwest.

The blaze began outside of Portland, Oregon, earlier this week but has engulfed over 10,000 acres, including across the river into Washington. As of Tuesday, it is one of 81 wildfires currently affecting the United States.

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History to be made in unexpected NCAA Final Four matchups

Dramatic finishes in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds have four regional champions facing off in a historic Final Four the NCAA Tournament has yet to see in years.

Those four teams — Oregon from the Midwest, North Carolina from the South, Gonzaga from the West and South Carolina from the East — will now compete for the chance to play in the NCAA Championship on April 3 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Out of these finalists, North Carolina is the only team to have made it this far in the past 78 years. In fact, the Tar Heels were in the NCAA Championship just last year — though they lost a heartbreaker to Villanova.

Oregon’s last appearance in the Final Four was in 1939, the only year the Ducks went on to win the title. South Carolina and Gonzaga have never made an appearance in this nail-biting round of college basketball in the history of the tournament.

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