Latest Wildfires News

Fire rages through reserve in Mexico's resort-filled Yucatan

Jul. 15, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) on Monday, with just 30% under control. The fire's advance across the brush and high grass has slowed but continues to burn, said the Environment Department of Quintana...

Oprah Winfrey visits Maui Humane Society following wildfire

Jul. 14, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire, a report said. Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited the society briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the...

Agencies boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicides

Jul. 14, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national...

Italy firefighters battle wildfires; 1 dead, others evacuate

Jul. 13, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern Italy, including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead. Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the evacuation of...

Heat, wind fuel brush fire on Hawaii island of Maui

Jul. 12, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Firefighters on the Hawaii island of Maui on Friday successfully tamed a large brush fire only to have another blaze ignite near several big box stores, sparking evacuations of a Target and Lowe's. "We thought we had pretty much one controlled and a new one broke out," Maui Mayor Michael...

The Latest: Hawaii governor declares disaster for Maui fire

Jul. 12, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire on the Hawaii island of Maui (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Hawaii Gov. David Ige is declaring Maui a disaster area as a brush fire burns a large expanse of former sugar cane fields. Ige said Friday the proclamation allows the state to provide quick and...

California governor signs wildfire bill to pay victims

Jul. 12, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that shores up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion combined on...

Population of California town torched by wildfire down 90%

Jul. 11, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New figures released by California Gov. Gavin Newsom show the town of Paradise has lost over 90% of its population since a wildfire killed 85 people last year. A door-to-door survey in April counted 2,034 residents, down from previously released state figures that showed the...

California backs effort to boost utilities during wildfires

Jul. 11, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion...

Report: PG&E ignored repairs on aging power lines

Jul. 10, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them, it was reported Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, using company documents...