Latest Wildfires News

Power being restored in Sierra Nevada after fire danger

Sep. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — Southern California Edison says electricity has been restored to nearly 11,000 customers in two Sierra Nevada counties where wildfire danger forced a power shutdown. The so-called public safety power shutdown was implemented Monday due to concern that high winds could damage...

Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000...

Southern California bakes under weekend heat wave

Sep. 14, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is baking under a weekend heat wave that's dropping humidity levels and raising the risk of wildfires. A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for a large swath of the region is in place through Saturday night. Forecasters say inland areas could hit 105...

The Latest: Victims' attorney: PG&E $11B settlement positive

Sep. 13, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on PG&E agreeing to pay $11 billion as part of settlement with insurers (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An attorney representing hundreds of California wildfire victims says Pacific Gas & Electric agreeing to pay $11 billion in a settlement with a group of insurance...

PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

Sep. 13, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 as the company tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the utility announced Friday. The utility said in a statement the...

Bankrupt California utility reaches $11 billion settlement for most insurance claims from 2017 and 2018 wildfires

Sep. 13, 2019 10:14 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bankrupt California utility reaches $11 billion settlement for most insurance claims from 2017 and 2018 wildfires .

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close

Sep. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in several provinces and in neighboring Malaysia closed due to the hazardous haze. Fluctuating visibility that at...

PG&E plan offers billions to victims, others after wildfires

Sep. 9, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. proposed Monday to resolve its bankruptcy case by offering nearly $18 billion to settle claims from devastating wildfires started by its equipment in recent years — an amount immediately criticized by victims who said less than half of that is intended for them....

The Latest: Victims disappointed with PG&E bankruptcy plan

Sep. 9, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on PG&E's bankruptcy proceeding (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A lawyer representing wildfire victims says she's disappointed by Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to offer nearly $18 billion to settle fire-related claims and exit bankruptcy. The company unveiled the plan...

Australia wildfires seriously injure firefighter, raze homes

Sep. 7, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires have left a firefighter seriously injured and destroyed several homes in an early start to the fire danger season in southeast Australia, officials said Saturday. Volunteer firefighter Neville Smith, 66, suffered serious burns on Friday while fighting a blaze near the...