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Residents of Flame-Ravaged Sonoma Strive for Return to Normal

SONOMA, Calif. — Kelly McLeskey Dolata, who was forced to evacuate her house when monstrous wildfires descended on the region, is trying her best to see the light through the thick, smoky fog.<p>"In so many ways, I am so grateful that I have my house and my business," said Dolata, who owns an event …

Wine

Wildfires Rage Through Portugal and Spain, Kill at Least 39

Wildfires have killed at least 39 people in Spain and Portugal since Sunday.<p>Hundreds of fires in both countries are being fanned by winds from …

Climate Change

Newborn baby among 39 killed as wildfires ravage Portugal and Spain

<b>A newborn baby is among 39 people that have been killed after hundreds of wildfires ravaged Portugal and parts of Spain.</b><p>Witnesses compared the flames …

Wildfires

Portugal fires: Three days of national mourning for wildfire victims

<b>Portugal has declared three days of national mourning, beginning on Tuesday, for the victims of wildfires that raged across the country.</b><p>At least 36 people died after hundreds of fires spread across central and northern areas on Sunday and Monday.<p>They started in dry conditions and fanned by strong …

Mariano Rajoy

More good news in wildfires fight: Winter storm coming

A winter storm drifting low from the Gulf of Alaska could provide a sunnier forecast for more than 10,000 firefighters battling wild fires that have …

Weather

Pot farmer's dreams go up in smoke during California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Andrew Lopas' plans to bring his marijuana business out of the black market with a legal, profitable and organic pot farm went up in smoke in the wildfires that have scorched Santa Rosa, California.<p>After four decades of growing pot illegally, the 54-year-old saw an …

California Wildfires

Man discovers hollowed out tree burning from the inside after California wildfire

Matthew McDermott of Sonoma, California discovered an odd scene while driving in Schellville, California on Monday. A tree had caught fire thanks to …

California Wildfires

New satellite photos reveal the California wildfire's shocking damage from space

More than a dozen wildfires ignited on Sunday in Northern California, a region at its driest this time of year.<p>Flames have consumed more than 170,000 acres of land, killed at least 23 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Napa and Sonoma counties …

Santa Rosa

Wildfires are causing 'the worst year on record' for California's marijuana industry

More than a dozen wildfires are raging across Northern California, collectively burning through over 100,000 acres and destroying at least 3,500 homes, businesses, and other structures. The situation is already one of the worst firestorms in California history.<p>The fires not only threaten the …

Cannabis

Incredible Images From Space Show The True Devastation of California's Wildfires

Terrible.<p>It's peak wildfire season in California, where more than a dozen blazes ignited on Sunday.<p>Officials have yet to determine the origin of …

Weather

Northern California death toll rises to 11 as fires continue statewide

The toll from Northern California’s ranging wildfires continued to grow Tuesday evening as officials said the fires destroyed up to 2,000 structures and killed at least 17 people.<p>The devastating losses establish firestorms among the most destructive in California history. The estimated losses of …

California

Terrifying photos show deadly wildfires rampaging across California, fed by wicked winds

The fires moved faster than many people could escape. Sweeping across the hills and valleys of California's wine country, and eventually extending up …

Weather

Out-of-control bushfire threatens homes in Nowra

An out-of-control bushfire is threatening homes in Nowra on the NSW South Coast.<p>An emergency warning has been issued by the Rural Fire Service for …

Weather

Chasing the Flame: Does Media Coverage of Wildfires Probe Deeply Enough?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>It is the dry season in …

Colorado Springs

Records start to tumble in NSW as fire threat worsens

As much as 40 per cent of NSW is expected to set September heat records on Saturday as bushfire crews prepare for a busy afternoon. The state also …

Weather

This could be the west's worst fire season ever

Cruel Summer<p>During a summer characterized by extreme wet weather, it might have been easy to miss the cloud of smoke over western North America. But …

Climate Change

US West's wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests

SALEM, Ore. – Wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at "powder keg levels."<p>The destruction has exposed old …

Environment

Wildfires raged over nine states for the first half of September. Here's what will rise from the ashes.

Next spring will bring mushrooms, flowers and woodpeckers to the Chaparral forests.<p>In the past month, more than 100 large fires have burned 7.8 million acres, according to the National Parks Service. But these fires don’t destroy everything in sight. “Many of the plants may look devastated, but …

Nature

The Terrifying Physics Of How Wildfires Spread So Fast

At about 3:30 PM on a Saturday afternoon, Kevin Marnell was hiking along Eagle Creek in the scenic Columbia Gorge, along the border between Oregon and Washington. The National Scenic Area has been protected for over 30 years and contains the only navigable river to run through the Cascade Mountain …

Oregon

Fast-moving wildfire destroys 5,000 acres; homes evacuated in L.A., Burbank

A fast-moving brush fire grew to 5,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains on Saturday morning, threatening homes and keeping the 210 Freeway …

British Columbia extends wildfire emergency for fourth time

(Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a fourth time until Sept. 15 due to wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.<p>Since early summer, firefighters and emergency services have been battling hundreds of blazes …

Canada

Fire, thick black smoke billows from Texas chemical plant

HOUSTON (AP) — Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up once again from a flooded Houston-area chemical plant where highly unstable compounds blew up after losing refrigeration.<p>It was the second day that flames and smoke could be seen at the Arkema plant in Crosby. Containers of organic …

Arkema

Headaches and raspy voices as wildfire smoke chokes US West

The smoke from massive wildfires hangs like fog over large parts of the U.S. West, an irritating haze causing health concerns, forcing sports teams to change schedules and disrupting life from Seattle to tiny Seeley Lake, Montana.<p>Air quality has been rated unhealthy across the region because of …

'Hazardous' air quality in parts of Sydney as controlled burning is stepped up

As a haze hung over Sydney on Saturday, residents in parts of the city were warned to avoid outdoor activities as the air quality reached "hazardous" …

California governor declares wildfire state of emergency

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of starting the blaze was charged with arson.<p>The so-called Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,715 acres (1,503 hectares) and …

Drought

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 much of the world …

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 …

British Columbia

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

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

Climate Change