Wildfires

Man spanks hippo at L.A. Zoo; video goes viral

Police are investigating the unauthorized slapping of a hippopotamus' butt by a man who hopped over a barrier at the Los Angeles Zoo.<p>A video of the incident surfaced last week on social media, the Los Angeles Times reported. In the footage a man is seen sneaking over a guardrail and leaning into an …

Trespassing

Volunteer who died in California had wildfires experience

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from his state to help battle record-setting blazes in California.<p>Burchett died Monday night while fighting the largest blaze in …

Salt Lake City

GOP to weaponize Pelosi and ‘San Francisco values’ in key CA House races

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has starred in roughly one in every five Republican-made House campaign ads across the country this year, usually as a device to …

Republicans

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompt air quality advisories in Alberta

Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has drifted into Alberta and prompted new air quality advisories in both provinces.<p>While much of B.C. has been under air quality warnings for days, Environment Canada now says all of western and central Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, will experience …

Canada

Colorado wildfire update: Bull Draw fire chews up another 3,400 acres

Pushed by erratic winds over extremely dry pine forests, the Bull Draw fire has raced up steep canyon walls and spread at rates of up to 1 mph in …

Forests

This Is What Is In Fire Retardant!

Just Now<p>We've been seeing the images on the news for weeks...even months. Planes flying over various wildfires in our state, dropping fire retardant …

San Francisco

Smoky skies and air quality advisories again for B.C.

Metro Vancouver and the rest of southern B.C. is once again under a blanket of smoke and haze.<p>The smoke from an estimated 600 wildfires burning …

British Columbia

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Province calls for federal aid - Parksville Qualicum Beach News

More than 287,00 hectares of B.C. forests have burned so far this year, with 36 new fires sparked on Sunday alone.<p>According to the BC Wildfire …

Natural Disasters

What happens to California’s private land after wildfires?

Wildfires in California, included the biggest wildfire in the history of the state, have damaged swaths of private land, destroyed homes and other …

Insurance

Ongoing wildfires deadly for firefighters

Monday death in Mendocino is sixth fatality this year<p>An unidentified firefighter died Monday while working on the record-breaking Mendocino Complex Fire (the largest wildfire by acreage in California history), pushing the 2018 death toll among state firefighters up to at least six and setting a …

California Wildfires

This summer’s extreme heat may just be the start of a super-hot stretch

More than 100 major wildfires are raging across the American West, including the largest blaze in California’s history. Deadly heat waves around the …

Climate Change

Wildfires are inevitable – increasing home losses, fatalities and costs are not

Wildfire has been an integral part of California ecosystems for centuries. Now, however, nearly a third of homes in California are in wildland urban …

Zoning

Wildfire Smoke Is Smothering the US—Even Where You Don't Expect It

America is on fire … again. More than a million and a half acres are burning in 15 states, from Arizona to Alaska. More than 3,000 firefighters are …

EPA

Race against time for dogs in wildfires

Dramatic scenes unfolded in Vacaville, California, as police raced to rescue 60 cats and dogs from an animal shelter threatened by a wildfire.

California Wildfires

Air quality at 'unhealthy' level for Portland metro area due to wildfires

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -<p>A smoky haze from wildfires is causing poor air quality for much of the Portland metro area.<p>Tuesday's air quality has been …

Oregon

Prison Workers Like California's Inmate Firefighters Are 'Uniquely Vulnerable,' ACLU Lawyer Says

As fighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection risk their lives battling wildfires in the state, they are joined by a …

Slavery

Dry lightning sparks spate of fires on Northern Cheyenne Reservation

At least nine new wildfires started Sunday night on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation as two waves of dry lighting passed through the area.

Forests

Several western Colorado wildfires continue to burn, blanket state with smoke

DENVER — Smoke from several wildfires fires burning in Colorado and beyond is hanging over large parts of western Colorado.<p>Periods of moderate to …

Employment

BC SPCA overrun with evacuated animals as wildfires spread

The BC SPCA needs help to deal with all the animals that have had to be evacuated due to B.C.’s wildfires.This past Friday, an evacuation order was …

SPCA

California wildfires: 5 incredible stories of animal rescue and support

In the midst of the great stress, danger and difficulty of many wildfires burning in California, first responders, community members and pet owners …

Opinion

Partial closure for Mabel Lake Road: wildfires

With several wildfires burning in the North Okanagan, the local regional district is reminding people of an area restriction order near Mabel …

Okanagan

This woman jumps from a plane to fight wildfires

As the California wildfires rage on, only an elite group of firefighters have the skills to jump into action. What does it take to parachute into a …

California Wildfires

Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson visit ailing Aretha Franklin

NEW YORK (AP) - Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday.<p>Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The …

Aretha Franklin

The wildfires’ terrible toll on California’s firefighters

With the news early this week that a 42-year-old firefighter from Utah helping to battle the massive Mendocino Complex Fire had been killed, the …

Forests

Guardian Weekly Letters, 17 July 2018

Fighting megafires; plastic problems; Nobel scandal<p>The rest of the world is experiencing the devastating effects of wildfires of the magnitude that Australians have long had to deal with. Combating bushfires, as we refer to them, for over 200 years has given us a great deal of practical experience. …

Heat Waves

Wildfires Are Burning Three Times More of California to Date Than in 2017

California’s wildfires are now burning through land at a pace more than three times faster than last year’s blazes.<p>About 4,200 fires have charred …

Forests

Yosemite park reopens, but the wildfire’s toll on tourism is still felt

LOS ANGELES — The reopening of Yosemite National Park can’t come soon enough for Douglas Shaw.<p>The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of …

National Parks

Zinke’s Hot Take on Fires a ‘Conspiracy Theory’

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke penned an op-ed for <i>USA Today</i> on the wildfires currently ravaging California. In it, he coins a very politically correct term for logging—“active forest management”—and claims that expanded logging could help prevent future fires, if only …

Forests

GOP lawmaker proposes California utility companies pay into a new state fund to defray wildfire costs

With negotiations intensifying over how California’s electric utility companies pay costs associated with wildfires, a prominent Republican state lawmaker says the utilities should pay into a new multi-billion dollar fund that would help mitigate those expenses.<p>The proposal by Assemblyman Chad …

Los Angeles

Reuters.com Newsletter

A firefighter has been killed battling the largest wildfire in Californian history that has been stoked by prime fire weather conditions as it has destroyed dozens of homes.<p>Nebraska plans to carry out its first execution in 21 years on Tuesday by delivering a lethal injection to a man convicted of …

Military Spending