Latest Wildfires News

California judge dismisses criminal charges against PG&E in 2020 fatal fire

May. 31, 2023 21:02 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Wednesday dismissed all charges against Pacific Gas & Electric in connection to a 2020 fatal wildfire sparked by its equipment that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed four people, including an 8-year-old child. The utility also...

Unprecedented wildfire on Canada's Atlantic coast still burning after four days

May. 31, 2023 15:49 PM EDT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An unprecedented string of wildfires in Canada's Atlantic-coast province of Nova Scotia continued to burn out of control for a fourth day on Wednesday, preventing thousands of evacuees from trying to see if their homes have been destroyed. Fire...

Unprecedented wildfire on Canada's Atlantic coast still burning after four days

May. 31, 2023 14:02 PM EDT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An unprecedented string of wildfires in Canada's Atlantic-coast province of Nova Scotia continued to burn out of control for a fourth day on Wednesday, preventing thousands of evacuees from trying to see if their homes have been destroyed. Fire...

Thousands evacuate from Nova Scotia wildfires

May. 29, 2023 22:26 PM EDT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Wildfires in Canada’s Atlantic coast province of Nova Scotia have caused thousands to evacuate. The Halifax Regional Municipality said late Monday that preliminary estimates indicate approximately 200 homes or structures have been damaged, based on...

Rain, even smoke help fight wildfires in Alberta; new blaze brings evacuation in British Columbia

May. 21, 2023 22:15 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Scattered rains and even smoke cover cooled air temperatures and helped efforts to fight wildfires in Alberta over the weekend, officials said Sunday, while a new fire in neighboring British Columbia led to an evacuation order for one rural area. As the...

Smoke from Canada wildfires prompts air quality alerts in Colorado, Montana

May. 20, 2023 21:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Smoke from dozens of raging wildfires in western Canada has drifted south into the United States and prompted the states of Colorado and Montana to issue air quality alerts. Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment put out alerts and advisories for...

Hundreds evacuated as suspected intentional wildfire hits western Spain

May. 19, 2023 11:26 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Some 700 people were evacuated from four small towns in western Spain owing to a wildfire fanned by strong winds that has razed some 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres), officials said Friday. More than 400 firefighters, including 50 agents from the army’s Military...

France moves to ban smoking in woodlands to combat growing climate-related risk of mega fires

May. 18, 2023 12:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have voted to ban smoking in all forests and woods during the fire season, part of a series of proposed measures to tackle growing destruction and dangers from climate change-related blazes. National Assembly lawmakers voted 197-0 in a first reading...

Energy storage farm could replace Hawaii coal-fired power plant

May. 17, 2023 14:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An energy storage farm could replace Hawaii’s last coal-fired power plant that closed in 2022 after 30 years. The AES Corporation coal plant produced up to one-fifth of the electricity on Oahu — the most populous island in the state. Taking it offline meant an...

Early heat wave in Pacific Northwest could break records

May. 12, 2023 20:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An early May heat wave this weekend could surpass daily records in parts of the Pacific Northwest and worsen wildfires already burning in western Canada, a historically temperate region that has grappled with scorching summer temperatures and unprecedented wildfires fueled...