Latest Wildfires News

Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia's most populous state

Nov. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong state of...

Rally Australia cancelled because of concern over wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 9:40 PM EST

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — The final round of the World Rally Championship has been cancelled because of concerns over destructive wildfires near the venue in the northeast of Australia's most populous state. Rally Australia organizers initially proposed a revised, shortened route but took the...

Rebirth, angst and the 'new normal' of California wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 4:42 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Tina Chandler walks outside her home and sniffs the air. "Do you smell smoke?" she asks. Even when the scent is no longer there, it haunts her. So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California neighborhood...

Alabama man becomes second to die from oxygen tank explosion

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man critically injured in an explosion last week has died. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service tells Al.com that 53-year-old Larry Bush died Friday. Bush succumbed to injuries from a blast Tuesday in Birmingham's East Lake neighborhood, which also claimed the life of...

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense

Nov. 11, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why...

Crews battle small fire in Hollywood Hills

Nov. 10, 2019 12:39 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small brush fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, sending plumes of smoke that could be seen for several miles. The Los Angeles Fire Department said firefighters on the air and on the ground had stopped the forward progress of the 34-acre blaze Saturday. Officials...

Threatened by fire, town celebrates Halloween a week later

Nov. 9, 2019 7:14 PM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — A town in California's wine country finally celebrated Halloween after evacuations from a huge wildfire forced residents to postpone trick-or-treating for a week. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports hundreds of residents came to Healdsburg's main square Friday afternoon where...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'read the transcript' impeachment cry

Nov. 9, 2019 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand for more than a week: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" People have read the transcript , though, and that's why President...

Archaeologists rush to save Oregon's Chinese mining sites

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby. Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and...