Latest Wildfires News

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

This Nov. 13, 2020 photo provided by the San Diego Humane Society shows a young bobcat at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif. The young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire has been returned to its native habitat and will be released back into the wild. The San Diego Humane Society says the 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 from Ramona Wildlife Center and taken to an area near the site of the El Dorado Fire that has abundant food and water sources.(San Diego Humane Society via AP)

Bobcat burned in California wildfire set for release to wild

Dec. 2, 2020 8:36 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire will be released back into the wild, the San Diego Humane Society announced Tuesday. The 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday from the group's Ramona Wildlife Center. A state Department of Fish and...

Kentucky posts record numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths

Dec. 1, 2020 6:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths Tuesday as the governor warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is “spreading like wildfire." Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4,151 more virus cases statewide and 35 additional virus-related deaths. He called it...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...

In this photo taken by a drone, homes destroyed by the Mountain View Fire are seen in the Walker community in Mono County, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

More than 100 displaced after fire ravages California town

Nov. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents were displaced Thursday by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person, authorities said. The inferno struck with sudden ferocity midday Tuesday during strong winds high in the...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Over 1,000 evacuated in Nevada wildfire start returning home

Nov. 18, 2020 8:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after a wind-whipped wildfire in northern Nevada roared through a neighborhood in Reno and destroyed at least five houses, more than 1,000 people who were forced to evacuate — including the mayor — started returning home Wednesday. Another fire about 100 miles (160...

FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Patricia Poppe, then-vice president of customer operations at Consumers Energy, in Jackson, Mich. Poppe will leave her job as CEO of CMS Energy Corp. to take the same position at Northern California utility PG&E effective Jan. 4, 2021. (Nick Dentamaro/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP, File)

Northern California utility finds latest CEO in Michigan

Nov. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Embattled Northern California utility PG&E Corp. has lured away the top executive at Michigan's largest power provider to steer its effort to restore a reputation tarnished by years of neglectful conduct that culminated in a series of deadly wildfires. Patricia “Patti"...

A fire is seen burning in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwest Reno that is threatening some homes in dangerously high winds. Dozens of residences were being evacuated on the edge of the Sierra foothills. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened

Nov. 18, 2020 8:53 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed several homes in a Reno neighborhood Tuesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border. As many as 500 homes could be...

A fire engulfs Vanikoy Mosque, a historic wooden mosque, in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. The Vanikoy Mosque, built in the 17th century during the reign of Ottoman Sultan IV Mehmed, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul along the Bosporus Strait. Turkish firefighters were trying to put out the blaze from both land and sea. (DHA via AP)

Fire damages historic mosque on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait

Nov. 15, 2020 9:41 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A historic wooden mosque in Istanbul caught on fire Sunday and Turkish firefighters put out the blaze, working from both land and sea. The Vanikoy Mosque, built in the 17th century during the reign of Ottoman Sultan IV Mehmed, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul along the Bosporus...