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Wildfire forces 2,000 to evacuate in Spain's Canary Islands

Aug. 18, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities on Spain's Canary Islands say around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago. At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working Sunday to tackle the...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

The Latest: Jury to decide PG&E role in wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on rulings issued by the judge presiding over PG&E's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A state jury will get to decide whether Pacific Gas and Electric equipment ignited a deadly wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire...

Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day

Aug. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters struggled for a third day Thursday to tackle a wildfire burning through a pine forest on the Greek island of Evia. Nearly 400 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 13 planes — including two from Italy and one...

Firefighters battle blaze in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MAKRYMALLI, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire on the island of Evia for a second day Wednesday, with flare-ups in hard-to-reach areas hampering efforts to bring the blaze fully under control. The fire was burning through a protected nature...

Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a...

Fire east of Athens under control; some homes damaged

Aug. 12, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A big fire that spread quickly overnight in an eastern suburb of Athens appeared to be under control soon after dawn Monday. The fire had raced up the slopes of 1,026-meter (3,366 feet) Mount Hymettus, which separates suburban Peania from the main city. Flames shooting up the mountain...

Tourists evacuated from Greek island camp as wildfire rages

Aug. 11, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A tourist camp and nearby houses on the southern Greek island of Elafonisos were evacuated Sunday for the second day in a row as a wildfire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds. Authorities had pronounced the fire "under control" Saturday night but said the flames...

Spain fights wildfire on Canary Islands, evacuates 1,000

Aug. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say a wildfire on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria has burned 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) and has forced the evacuation of 1,000 residents. The regional government of the Canary Islands said Sunday that 200 firefighters and 10 water-dumping aircraft are working to combat...