Latest Wildfires News

General Sherman passes health check but world's largest trees face growing climate threats

May. 23, 2024 15:47 PM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — High in the evergreen canopy of General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, researchers searched for evidence of an emerging threat to giant sequoias: bark beetles. They descended the towering 2,200-year-old tree with good news on Tuesday....

After Lahaina, Hawaii fire crews take stock of their ability to communicate in a crisis

May. 22, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Fire departments across the state are reevaluating their emergency communication capabilities after the Maui wildfires, when the vulnerability of the island’s cellular network — and a lack of advanced communication tools in fire vehicles — complicated efforts by first...

Native seeds could soon be fueling new growth on burned out acreage across Hawaii

May. 22, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is funneling millions of dollars to a University of Hawaii initiative aimed at increasing the number of seeds for hardy native and non-invasive plants that can compete against the dominant invasive grasses that fuel wildfires. The U.S. Forest...

Sites with radioactive material more vulnerable as climate change increases wildfire, flood risks

May. 22, 2024 01:05 AM EDT

As Texas wildfires burned toward the nation's primary nuclear weapons facility, workers hurried to ensure nothing flammable was around buildings and storage areas. When the fires showed no sign of slowing, Pantex Plant officials urgently called on local contractors, who arrived...

Fast-growing wildfire has shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona

May. 19, 2024 15:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire has led the U.S. Forest Service to shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Scottsdale. The so-called Wildcat Fire burning in the Cave Creek Ranger District has charred about 7.8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as of...

Residents forced out of Canada's oil sands hub by wildfire cleared to return, officials say

May. 18, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Residents who were ordered out of Canada's oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, due to a nearby wildfire are clear to return home, authorities said Saturday. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo lifted the evacuation order for the Abasand,...

Rain, cooler temperatures help prevent wildfire near Canada's oil sands from growing

May. 16, 2024 14:58 PM EDT

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A wildfire that has forced thousands of people out of their homes in Canada's oil sands hub city of Fort McMurray was held in place Thursday, as rain and cooler temperatures swept the area. Alberta provincial wildfire information officer Christie...

Hawaii study shows almost 75% of Maui wildfire survey participants have respiratory issues

May. 16, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A University of Hawaii study examining the health effects of last year's deadly wildfires on Maui found that up to 74% of participants may have difficulty breathing and otherwise have poor respiratory health, and almost half showed signs of compromised lung function. ...

Fire threat eases near Canada's oil sands hub, but a long, hot summer looms

May. 15, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

The threat from a wildfire near Canada's oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, appeared to be easing on Wednesday, a day after it forced thousands of residents to evacuate and stirred memories of a damaging blaze nearly a decade earlier. Favorable winds were expected to push the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 15, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 10, 2024. Editorial: ‘Longer we wait, the more people will die’ Legislature should seize the opportunity to pass legislation to help those whose lives have been upended by the opioid epidemic. Serving as the jail...