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Dramatic photos show the devastating Southern California wildfires from space

As wildfires in California rage on Earth, astronauts watch from space.<p>Crewmembers onboard the International Space Station have taken some …

NASA

Exposure to wildfire smoke: 5 questions answered

<i>Editor’s note: Wildfires once again are raging in California – this time in the Los Angeles area, where five fires are currently burning. The</i> …

Pollution

Death toll from California blazes rises to 43, after teen dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from the deadliest rash of wildfires in California history has risen to 43, after a 17-year-old girl who was badly burned in the fires earlier this month died at a hospital, officials said on Monday.<p>The spate of wind-driven wildfires erupted on Oct. 8 in the …

Brazil’s Worst Month Ever for Forest Fires Blamed on Human Activity

<i>By Sam Cowie, The Guardian</i>Brazil has seen more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned …

Environment

National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning For ‘Very Hot’ Weather, Fire Danger In Southern California

The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a red flag warning for Southern California, informing residents about very hot temperatures and …

’Makes it more extreme:’ Prof says climate change made historic fire season worse

Climate change didn’t directly cause major wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia this year but it did contribute to their extreme nature, says a …

Climate Change

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 …

California

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 …

Wildfires

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 …

Mariano Rajoy

Portugal fires: Three days of national mourning for wildfire victims

<b>Portugal is holding three days of national mourning for the victims of wildfires that raged across the country.</b><p>At least 41 people died after hundreds of fires spread across central and northern areas on Sunday and Monday.<p>They started in dry conditions and were fanned by strong Atlantic winds from …

Mariano Rajoy

Rain clouds heading south could give big boost to firefighting efforts

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

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 …

Cannabis

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 …

Sonoma County

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Oregon

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

A fast-moving brush fire grew to 3,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains on Saturday morning, threatening homes and keeping the 210 Freeway …

California

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 …

Black smoke, flames shoot up from Texas chemical plant

HOUSTON (AP) — Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday after two trailers of highly unstable compounds blew up at a flooded Houston-area chemical plant, the second fire there in two days.<p>Arkema says Harvey's floodwaters engulfed its backup generators at the plant in Crosby and …

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 …

Weather