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Climate change sets the world on fire

Southern Europe and British Columbia have been devastated by wildfires this summer. And they're not the only ones - it seems like half the world is …

Climate Change

An Unusually Large Wildfire Has Burned for Weeks in Icy Greenland

There's something curious happening in icy Greenland: a wildfire that has been burning for weeks.<p>The wildfire appears to be historic in both its size and its duration, but no one can say for sure — because Greenland doesn't have longstanding records of fires. Officials haven't had much of a need …

Climate Change

British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.<p>Since early summer firefighters and emergency services have been battling …

Canada

David Suzuki: Wildfires are a climate-change wake-up call

David SuzukiWildfires are sweeping B.C. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with …

Climate Change

Asphalt Tanker Ignites on NJ Turnpike Snarling Traffic

A tanker truck carrying liquid asphalt overturned and caught fire in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Burlington County Sunday …

Philadelphia

Wildfires rage on untamed in Greece, Portugal and Corsica

ATHENS, Greece — Hot and dry weather stoked another round of wildfires burning across southern Europe on Sunday as firefighters in Greece, Portugal and the French island of Corsica struggled to corral the flames.<p>Greek authorities voiced suspicions that at least some of the several dozen fires that …

Greece

Wildfires force evacuations in northern Corsica

Wildfires have ravaged parts of northern Corsica, forcing the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people including tourists in campsites.<p>President Macron has spoken to the head of the fire service on the French Mediterranean island, offering his support for the fires which have spread across more than 2,000 …

Corsica

An Unprecedented Fire Is Raging Across Greenland Right Now

Largest wildfire in the country's satellite record.<p>Wildfires are known for striking in hot, dry regions of the planet, but a huge fire is currently …

Climate Change

France wildfires force mass evacuation

<b>Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say.</b><p>Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the country's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.<p>France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help …

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Canada blaze: Thousands flee homes as 162 active wildfires spread through forests

<b>Montreal:</b> Thousands of people fled their homes in western Canada over the weekend as strong winds fanned forest fires that have ravaged British …

Wildfires

Residents ordered out of Williams Lake, B.C. ahead of fire fanned by high winds

More than 10,000 residents of Williams Lake, B.C., were ordered to flee their homes on Saturday evening, as nearby wildfires fanned by high winds threatened to cut off the highways out the city.<p>The evacuation order, affecting Williams Lake and surrounding areas, added to more than 16,000 people …

Canada

Authorities were poised to act over fire concerns at Coolaroo

Authorities claim they were poised to act over fire safety concerns at the Coolaroo recycling plant only hours before a massive new blaze broke out …

Environment

Huge blaze at Vesuvius as fires continue to rage across Italy

Firefighters and workers from the Civil Protection Agency were on the scene tackling several different fires in the national park, as forest fires …

Western Canada wildfires may spread with more hot, dry weather

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (Reuters) - As Western Canada's British Columbia battled 220 wildfires scattered across the province on Sunday, officials warned that they expect greater devastation with forecasts of more hot, dry weather over the coming week.<p>"Looking at the medley of forecasts out …

Canada

Aerial videos capture terrifying wildfires scorching California

Menacing red-orange flames and towering plumes of smoke smothered parts of California this weekend amid record-breaking heat and bone-dry gusts.<p>Firefighters and scientists filmed the latest rash of Western wildfires from helicopters, drones, and stationary cameras, offering smoldering views. Dozens …

Climate Change

NASA Images Capture Worst Siberian Wildfires in 10,000 Years

It's only going to get worse.<p>Every year, Siberia is struck by wildfires that destroy great swathes of boreal forest. But climate change has caused …

Climate Change

London fire: Fire safety risk inspections pointless, says expert

<b>The system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is "pointless", a leading expert claims.</b><p>Fire risk assessments (FRAs) carried out by councils do not consider factors such as external cladding, inspections of which are under way.<p>It is feared cladding helped spread a blaze that …

Construction

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Utah, California

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in Utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said Sunday night. In Southern California, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted …

Weather

Record heat and severe weather sweeps the nation

A fast-moving storm created treacherous conditions on the East Coast while staggering heat was an obstacle for firefighters in New Mexico, Utah and …

Dozens killed in huge Portugal forest fire

At least 57 people have been killed in a huge forest fire in central Portugal.<p>Dozens of people have been injured including some firefighters.<p>The blaze in the mountainous area of Pedrogao Grande is being fanned by strong winds during an intense heat wave.

Portugal
Weather

Fire in Okefenokee wildlife refuge forces evacuations in Georgia

(Reuters) - A wildfire in Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has forced dozens of nearby residents to leave their homes, authorities said on Sunday, adding the blaze might not be fully contained for months.<p>About 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares), or almost a third of the refuge, have …

Massive wildfires cause 'greatest forest disaster' in Chile's history

Three firefighters have died battling some of the worst forest fires to hit Chile in half a century. A "state of catastrophe" has been declared in …

Amid wildfires, North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town

<b>By Jonathan Mattise and Tom Foreman Jr.,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i><p>LAKE LURE, N.C. — Don Cason had his 125-year-old inn in the western North Carolina …

Weather

Drought Fuels Tens of Thousands of Acres of Southern Wildfires

As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South — including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-size area of north Georgia — some traditional outdoor activities are now banned.<p>Starting campfires, lighting fireworks, smoking cigarettes, even parking a car off-road are prohibited, for fear that …

California wildfires: What is a firenado?

<b>Amidst the devastation of a huge wildfire in the US state of California, photos have emerged of a rare force of nature.</b><p>Firenadoes, torrents of wind and flame that burn at extreme temperatures, have been spotted in the hills near San Bernardino, 60 miles (96km) east of Los Angeles.<p>The whirlwinds …

San Bernardino

Massive Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass burns 37,000 acres, now 26% contained

The tally for California’s harsh fire season ascended to even grimmer terrain Saturday as officials announced that the Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass has destroyed 105 homes and 213 other structures.<p>The toll in San Bernardino County caps a week of extensive losses across California, including 300 …

Soberanes Fire near Big Sur grows to nearly 20,000 acres

A stubborn wildfire ablaze in the wooded canyons and ridges south of Carmel in Monterey County — one of several fires burning around the state — grew to 23,5000 acres late Tuesday and is only 10 percent contained, firefighters said.<p>The Soberanes Fire continued to scorch the steep and …

San Francisco Bay Area

Santa Clarita Sand fire: Why are California wildfires getting worse?

Dry temperatures and a heat wave fanned the flames of wildfire in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., consuming 5,500 acres in just a day.<p>Extremely dry …

Santa Ana