Latest Wildfires News

Climate change threatens health in Northwest

Sep. 22, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Around this time last year, news outlets blared alarming headlines: Breathing the air outside was as bad as smoking several cigarettes. Wildfire haze blotted out the sun and turned the moon orange. Weather apps simply listed the forecast as "smoke." Just because this summer has been clear,...

Alaska has nation's most expensive wildfire this year

Sep. 20, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The nation's most expensive wildfire this year is one that has been burning for months on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The Swan Lake Fire has so far cost about $46 million to fight, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That price tag puts it ahead of the...

Haze from Indonesian fires now affecting Philippines

Sep. 20, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Haze blown by monsoon winds from fires in Indonesia has begun affecting some areas of the Philippines and raised concerns about aviation safety and possible health risks, an official said Friday. Landrico Dalida Jr., the deputy administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric,...

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...