Latest Wildfires News

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

Aug. 21, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville...

California insurers drop policies in high-fire risk areas

Aug. 21, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New California data shows insurance companies declined to renew nearly 350,000 home insurance policies in areas at high risk for wildfire since the state began collecting data in 2015. The data released this week did not say how many people who lost their insurance were able to...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

Spain: Island wildfire eases, lets evacuees return home

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in the Canary Islands say cooler temperatures and weaker winds are helping firefighters to progress in bringing Spain's biggest wildfire so far this year under control, permitting just under half of the more than 10,000 people evacuated to return home. The islands' emergency...

Body found in Maryland brush fire ruled to be DC homicide

Aug. 21, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A body found over the weekend by Maryland firefighters attempting to put out a brush fire has been determined to be a woman slain in Washington, D.C. Police in Prince George's County, Maryland, tell reporters that the District's Metropolitan Police Department has now taken over the...

Alaska fire officials review cause of wildfire along highway

Aug. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures along the main highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The fire began Saturday in high wind and was initially attributed to a tree toppling onto a...

The Latest: Officials review cause of Parks Highway wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 1 p.m. Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures north of Anchorage. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the cause of the fire along...

Body found at brush fire cite ruled a homicide

Aug. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities say a body found over the weekend while firefighters battled a brush fire is a homicide victim. Prince George's County police said Tuesday that detectives have learned that the victim was killed in the District of Columbia. As a result, the Metropolitan Police...

Washington state to restore Huey helicopter for firefighting

Aug. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An aircraft nearly 50-years-old is being restored to help fight wildfires in Washington state. KING-TV reports the Department of Natural Resources is using $1.1 million from the state's budget to bring the Huey helicopter back to life. The helicopter was first built in 1970 and used...

Spain: Winds drop, slowing Canary Island wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 12:20 PM 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, raising hopes it might be contained within two days and that evacuated residents may soon be able to return home. Canary Islands President Ángel...