Latest Wildfires News

Jump in wildfires means smoke's health impact will spread

Jun. 25, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities...

US releases review on removing vegetation to stop wildfires

Jun. 24, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards (150 meters)...

Wildfire burning in Florida Everglades near major interstate

Jun. 24, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades has given some commuters a smoky ride home along Interstate 75 in an area called Alligator Alley. Florida Forest Service officials confirmed lightning started the wildfire Sunday night and that it's now burning over 17,000 acres...

France put on hot weather alert as heatwave reaches Europe

Jun. 24, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The sunset had an orange glow. So did the extreme weather warning for Paris. Meteorologists placed more than half of France, including around the capital, on alert for high temperatures Monday as a heatwave was expected to spread across continental Europe this week. National weather agency...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

The Latest: California lawmakers reviewing utility plan

Jun. 21, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plan by the California governor to create a fund for utilities to tap if they face massive liability costs from wildfires. (all times local): 12:15 p.m. California legislative leaders aren't yet on board with Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to create a fund that utilities...

APNewsBreak: Texas says DNA technology jeopardizes cases

Jun. 20, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in Texas...

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires

Jun. 19, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick smoke...

PG&E says it's fixed many major safety risks on lines, poles

Jun. 19, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials said Wednesday its workers discovered more than 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections and almost all of them have been fixed. Some of the transmission line...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...