Latest Wildfires News

How climate change could affect where and when people travel

Sep. 26, 2023 07:01 AM EDT

Travelers encountered many weather surprises this summer, from wildfires in Europe to knee-deep mud at Burning Man. Indeed, it was the hottest summer on record around the globe, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. “The dog days of summer are not...

Flood-hit central Greece braces for new storm as military crews help bolster flood defenses

Sep. 26, 2023 06:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Emergency services in central Greece were on alert Tuesday as storms headed toward areas hit by massive floods this month. Municipal and military crews using excavators reinforced flood defenses along rivers near the central cities of Larissa and Trikala....

First of thousands of Lahaina residents return to homes destroyed by deadly wildfire

Sep. 26, 2023 00:43 AM EDT

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The first of thousands of residents who lost their homes in the wildfire that destroyed the Hawaii town of Lahaina returned to their devastated properties Monday, with some stopping for a moment of reflection and others searching for mementos among the ruins. ...

Six young activists devote years to climate fight with 32 governments. Now comes their day in court

Sep. 25, 2023 23:31 PM EDT

COSTA DA CAPARICA, Portugal (AP) — Sofia Oliveira was 12 years old when catastrophic wildfires in central Portugal killed more than 100 people in 2017. She “felt it was now or never to raise our voices” as her country appeared to be in the grip of deadly human-caused climate change. ...

The first Lahaina residents return to the wildfire burn zone on supervised visits to devastated properties

Sep. 25, 2023 14:20 PM EDT
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The first Lahaina residents return to the wildfire burn zone on supervised visits to devastated properties.

After summer's extreme weather, more Americans see climate change as a culprit, AP-NORC poll shows

Sep. 25, 2023 08:09 AM EDT

Kathleen Maxwell has lived in Phoenix for more than 20 years, but this summer was the first time she felt fear, as daily high temperatures soared to 110 degrees or hotter and kept it up for a record-shattering 31 consecutive days. “It's always been really hot here, but nothing like...

Residents prepare to return to sites of homes demolished in Lahaina wildfire 7 weeks ago

Sep. 24, 2023 19:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — From just outside the burn zone in Lahaina, Jes Claydon can see the ruins of the rental home where she lived for 13 years and raised three children. Little remains recognizable beyond the jars of sea glass that stood outside the front door. On Monday, officials will...

The threat of wildfires is rising. So are new artificial intelligence solutions to fight them

Sep. 24, 2023 07:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Wildfires fueled by climate change have ravaged communities from Maui to the Mediterranean this summer, killing many people, exhausting firefighters and fueling demand for new solutions. Enter artificial intelligence. Firefighters and startups are using AI-enabled...

Lahaina residents brace for what they'll find as they return to devastated properties in burn zone

Sep. 23, 2023 21:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Soon after one of Maui's Japanese Buddhist temples, the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, burned in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, its resident minister was desperate to go back and see what remained. Six weeks later, he's more hesitant. ...

White House preparing for government shutdown as House Republicans lack a viable endgame for funding

Sep. 22, 2023 21:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday directed federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left town for the weekend with no viable plan to keep the government funded and avert politically and economically costly disruption of federal services. A...