Latest Wildfires News

New heat wave in Greece expected to last at least a week. North Macedonia also swelters

Jul. 12, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Friday warned of an impending weeklong heat wave during the summer tourist season, with a high risk of dangerous wildfires, as much of southern Europe sweltered under high temperatures. The ministry for civil protection and climate change...

Wildfire risk rises as Western states dry out amid protracted heat wave

Jul. 12, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Western states warned of the rising risk of wildfires amid a protracted heat wave that has dried out the landscape while setting temperature records and putting lives at risk. Forecasters, meanwhile, said Thursday that some relief was due by the weekend. ...

New Mexico village ravaged by wildfire gets another pounding by floodwaters

Jul. 09, 2024 18:34 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Roads throughout a mountain village in southern New Mexico that was recently ravaged by wildfire were closed Tuesday as authorities tried to keep vehicles out of the path of rushing water. Officials in Ruidoso reported that several bridge crossings were closed...

Hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, billions of dollars is cost of extreme heat in California

Jul. 09, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

A blistering California heat wave over the past week and through the Fourth of July holiday could be topped off by the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. That kind of extreme heat has led to more deaths than wildfires and cost billions of dollars over a decade, according to the state...

Sparked by fireworks, New Jersey forest fire is 90% contained, authorities say

Jul. 09, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighting crews have managed to contain 90% of a forest fire that burned 6.7 square miles (17 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands. The blaze in Wharton State Forest was not threatening any structures, and no one had been injured by it, the New...

Greek authorities tame a wildfire that forced the evacuation of a hospital and a retirement home

Jul. 09, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday evacuated a children's hospital and a retirement home on the outskirts of the southern city of Patras after a summer wildfire flared in the area amid hot, windy weather. Fire service spokesman Vasilis Vathrakoyiannis said the...

Tourists still flock to Death Valley amid searing US heat wave blamed for several deaths

Jul. 08, 2024 23:09 PM EDT

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of Europeans touring the American West and adventurers from around the U.S. were still drawn to Death Valley National Park on Monday, even though the desolate region known as one of the Earth's hottest places is being punished by a dangerous heat wave blamed...

New Jersey forest fire that was sparked by fireworks is 75% contained

Jul. 08, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A forest fire that has burned 6.3 square miles (about 16.3 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands was 75% contained as of midmorning Monday, officials said. Its status remained basically unchanged since Sunday night. The New Jersey...

Maui faces uncertainty over the future of its energy grid

Jul. 08, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

Hawaiian Electric Co. officials say they hope to have four new renewable energy projects across Maui online by 2028 in what’s proving to be a challenging switch from fossil fuels to a grid powered by wind, solar and other clean energy sources on that island. Those proposed projects...

Review of prescribed fires finds gaps in key areas as US Forest Service looks to improve safety

Jul. 08, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two years after the U.S. Forest Service sparked what would become the largest and most destructive wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history, independent investigators say there are gaps that need to be addressed if the agency is to be successful at using prescribed...