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Spain: Winds drop, slowing Canary Island wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The wind dropped in the Canary Islands Tuesday, allowing firefighters to make progress against Spain's biggest wildfire so far this year and raising the possibility some evacuated residents may soon be able to return home. Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres said 16...

Alaska community ordered to relocate fuel in school's tanks

Aug. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school district must quickly remove diesel fuel from a school's tanks to prevent harm to the environment, officials said. The Lower Kuskokwim School District has been ordered to remove the fuel contained in tanks in Napakiak, KYUK-AM reported Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard...

Earthquake-warning system gets funding boost

Aug. 20, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region's seismic network, putting it on track to send public alerts of impending earthquake shaking within the next two years. The Seattle Times reports the federal agency gave $10.4 million to the Pacific Northwest Seismic...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

The Latest: Alaska Railroad halts trains through burn area

Aug. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Wildfires (all times local): 11 a.m. The Alaska Railroad has cancelled passenger service between Anchorage and Denali National Park because of a fire burning along tracks north of Willow. The fire began Saturday when high wind blew a tree onto a powerline at...

Thousands flee from 'monster' wildfire on Canary Islands

Aug. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the local fire department as "a monster"...

Residents allowed to return to homes near Wyoming wildfire

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been lifted for residences near a wildfire in west-central Wyoming. The fire on Bureau of Land Management land near Boulder Lake, south of Pinedale, began Saturday afternoon and spread quickly, prompting officials to evacuate about 60 residences and a...

Wildfire leads to evacuations in west-central Wyoming

Aug. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — A human-caused wildfire has led to evacuations in west-central Wyoming as fire crews deal with a fire-weather warning for gusty wind and low humidity — conditions that can allow fires to quickly spread. The Sublette County sheriff's office says the fire, which started early...

Severe weather in Illinois, Indiana delays Chicago Air Show

Aug. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Severe weather sweeping through parts of Illinois and Indiana has postponed the start of the final day of the Chicago Air and Water Show. Emergency management officials issued a statement Sunday saying the event that features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows will...

Wildfire forces 4,000 to evacuate in Spain's Canary Islands

Aug. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Around 4,000 people were evacuated Sunday because of wildfires that, for the second time in a week, ravaged the countryside of one of Spain's Canary Islands. The latest blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago....