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Huge firefighting aircraft ready for wildfire season

May. 26, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Global SuperTanker, the world's largest firefighting aircraft, is ready for the upcoming wildfire season. The Arizona Republic reports that the Boeing 747-400 series passenger jet converted for firefighting recently underwent maintenance at Pinal Airpark outside Tucson. The...

Eastern Oregon buildings destroyed in blaze, man arrested

May. 24, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on investigation of arson after historic buildings in the eastern Oregon town of Huntington were destroyed. KBOI-TV reports the Baker County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to a disturbance at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday after someone told police...

3 injured in fire that destroyed Nebraska fertilizer plant

May. 24, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A lightning strike at a Nebraska fertilizer plant set off a large fire that injured three truck drivers sleeping in the parking lot and destroyed the unoccupied factory, officials said Friday. The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry...

The Latest: Fire marshal says lightning caused massive fire

May. 24, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a fire that destroyed a central Nebraska fertilizer plan (all times local): 5 p.m. The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured three people. The office said in a news release Friday...

Fire in tutoring center kills 19 students in western India

May. 24, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 19 teenage students were killed in a fire that broke out Friday in a tutoring center in the western Indian city of Surat, a top state official said. More than a dozen students were hospitalized with burns or suffering from suffocation, police officer Praveen Chaudhary said. The...

Indian news agency reports that 15 children have been killed in a building fire in the western state of Gujarat

May. 24, 2019 8:54 AM EDT
SURAT, India (AP) — Indian news agency reports that 15 children have been killed in a building fire in the western state of Gujarat.

Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

May. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel braced for renewed wildfires Friday amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid has arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and...

Traffic backs up on I-95 in Florida as wildfire shuts road

May. 23, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Traffic is backed up on a section of Interstate 95 in Florida after authorities closed a section of the freeway in response to a nearby wildfire. First Coast News reports that detoured traffic was backing up Thursday afternoon after the Florida Highway Patrol closed a seven-mile...

Wildfires sweep across Israel as heatwave grips region

May. 23, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Wildfires raged in Israel on Thursday amid a major heatwave, with police ordering the evacuation of several communities in the country's center and south. Firefighters battled brushfires along the Gaza boundary, as well as near the country's main international airport and outside...

Judge approves $105M fund for California wildfire survivors

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. received approval Wednesday to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's equipment. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's wildfire assistance program to...