Latest Wildfires News

Wildfire smoke billows behind a mountain range on Tuesday, jan. 28, 2020, close to Canberra's southern outskirts. The rapidly-spreading wildfire sparked by a military helicopter on Monday is threatening homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Australian capital. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Wildfire threatens homes on Australian capital's outskirts

Jan. 28, 2020 8:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia's capital on Tuesday as fire danger escalated across the country’s southeast. The fire had spread over 8,000 hectares...

Police: Pilot killed in small plane crash in northern WVa

Jan. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EST

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pilot was killed Monday in the crash of a small airplane in northern West Virginia, police said. The pilot was the only person aboard the plane, which crashed and caught on fire in woods in an unincorporated area near state Route 310 between Fairmont and Grafton, State Police Sgt....

Helicopter crash sparks brush fire in Southern California

Jan. 26, 2020 1:37 PM EST

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Emergency crews responded after a helicopter crashed and sparked a small brush fire Sunday in Southern California, authorities said. The crash occurred in Calabasas, said Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He didn't know how many...

This Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, aerial photo provided by the New South Wales Police, shows wreckage, center, is strewn at the crash site of a firefighting air tanker near Numeralla, south west of Sydney. Three crew from the U.S. were killed when their C-130 Hercules tanker crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia, their employer, Canada-based Coulson Aviation, said in a statement. (NSW Police via AP)

3 dead US fire bombers retrieved from Australian forest

Jan. 25, 2020 2:44 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The bodies of three U.S. flying firefighters and the cockpit voice recorder from the water bomber in which they died battling Australia’s unprecedented wildfire crisis were retrieved on Saturday as their grieving families arrived in Sydney, officials said. Ian McBeth of...

People climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge stop under flags flying at half-mast as mark of mourning and respect in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for three U.S. crew members of an aerial water tanker that crashed Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

3 Americans killed in Australia all had military backgrounds

Jan. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Growing up in a small rural community on Colorado's plains, Ian McBeth went to work as a ranch hand in neighboring Nebraska at 14 and was a standout athlete in football, wrestling and track. Initially stymied in his dream of becoming a pilot because of his vision, McBeth, one of three...

Flags at half-staff for Arizonan killed in Australia crash

Jan. 24, 2020 9:00 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday to honor a Buckeye man killed in a plane crash while fighting wildfires in Australia. Paul Clyde Hudson, 42, was a “hero who represented Arizona's very...

People climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge stop under flags flying at half-mast as mark of mourning and respect in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for three U.S. crew members of an aerial water tanker that crashed Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia works to recover bodies of 3 from air tanker crash

Jan. 24, 2020 2:07 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The American tanker plane that crashed while fighting Australian wildfires had just dropped a load of retardant on a fire before it went down in New South Wales state, investigators said Friday. The crash of the C-130 Hercules tanker Thursday killed Capt. Ian H. McBeth, 44, of Great Falls,...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

In this undated photo released from the Rural Fire Service, a C-130 Hercules plane called

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

Jan. 23, 2020 7:31 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three American firefighting airplane crew members were killed Thursday when the C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker they were in crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths in the state's Snowy...

Firefighters who died in Australia were on California tanker

Jan. 23, 2020 5:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — California's governor says the three American flight crew members who died when their aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia were part of a crew on a California-based tanker. Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement on Thursday did not identify the...