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French wildfire stops expanding; workers seek to tame it

Aug. 14, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged pine forests in a tourist-beloved area of southwestern France has stopped expanding after rain fell and firefighters worked Sunday to tame it. Ronan Léaustic, an official in the Gironde region, said 8,000 evacuated residents have been...

European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

Aug. 11, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe struggled Thursday to contain a huge wildfire in France that has swept through a large swath of pine forest, while Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Europe is suffering under a severe...

Life gradually returns a year after fire chars Sierra Nevada

Aug. 11, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — The flames fade away. Firefighters extinguish the last embers. A final curl of smoke uncoils in the wind. A wildfire in the California wilderness has come to an end, and what’s left behind is a blackened landscape of skeletal pines and leafless oaks,...

Wildfire in southwestern France: 8,000 people evacuated

Aug. 10, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters were battling a wildfire in southwestern France on Wednesday in a region known for its pine forests that was ravaged by flames last month. The blaze forced the evacuation of about 8,000 people and destroyed at least sixteen houses. A major highway near the...

Visitors to world's tallest tree could face $5K fine, jail

Aug. 01, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tree enthusiasts who make the trek to the world's tallest tree deep in a Northern California forest will face a fine and possible jail time after park officials declared the remote area off-limits because of damage done by trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding...

Wildfire rages in Bordeaux; fire pilot killed in Portugal

Jul. 16, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Strong winds and hot, dry weather frustrated French firefighters' efforts Saturday to contain a huge wildfire that raced across pine forests in the Bordeaux region for a fifth straight day, one of several wildfires scorching Europe this week. Among the worst fires have...

Yosemite wildfire is latest threat to giant sequoia trees

Jul. 08, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park was closed Friday and hundreds of people ordered evacuated nearby as a wildfire burning through dense forest became the latest in recent years to threaten the world’s largest trees. ...

Turkey battles wind-driven wildfire near resort for 3rd day

Jun. 23, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Firefighting crews battled for a third day on Thursday a wind-driven wildfire that has blackened swaths of pine forest near a popular resort in southwestern Turkey and driven hundreds of people from their homes. More than 2,500 firefighters, aided by...

US to spend $9 million to bolster sagebrush ecosystems

Jun. 16, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday announced $9 million for 40 projects in Idaho and seven other Western states for sagebrush ecosystems to combat invasive species and wildfire, reduce the spread of juniper trees and promote community and economic stability. ...