Latest Forests News

Greek island wildfire that forced villages to evacuate eases

Aug. 13, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A large forest fire in Greece that forced the evacuation of two villages overnight on the island of Evia was abating Monday but was not fully controlled yet. The fire service said four water-dropping planes and another four helicopters were participating in Monday's operations on...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Aug. 10, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire carved its...

The Latest: Winds still driving Southern California fire

Aug. 10, 2018 11:32 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Gusty winds continue to drive a wildfire through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles and crews are still struggling to keep the flames away from homes. Fire officials say the blaze near homes in the...

Residents hope to save Kansas City forest

Aug. 10, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Walk through the Line Creek Forest, and it's the quiet you notice first. No cars buzzing by. No lawn mowers. Just the wind blowing through ancient trees and the faint trickle of a nearby creek. A chance encounter with a doe. The 800-acre forest — roughly the size of New...

Governor declares state of emergency for California wildfire

Aug. 9, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as a wildfire that forced 20,000 people from their homes continues to rage south of Los Angeles. Brown issued the declaration Thursday for Orange and...

Firefighter's wife, baby among 93 victims of Greece blaze

Aug. 9, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime minister of Greece pledged Thursday to overhaul the national disaster response agency as authorities publicly named the people killed by the country's deadliest forest fire in decades — victims whose ages ranged from 6 months to 95 years. The list, which included four...

The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

Aug. 8, 2018 11:14 PM EDT

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Firefighters are making progress against the largest California wildfire ever recorded although thousands of homes and buildings remain under threat. State fire officials Wednesday night say the Mendocino Complex —...

The Latest: Trump says he is monitoring California wildfires

Aug. 8, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's monitoring the raging wildfires that continue to ravage California. Trump is telling a group of business leaders attending a dinner at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort that he's...

Greece's PM promises full investigation of deadly fire

Aug. 7, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister vowed Tuesday to have experts investigate all aspects of the country's deadliest forest fire in decades and said the seaside resort areas devastated by the blaze will be rebuilt to higher standards. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras led a meeting about the fire...

Greek civil protection head resigns after deadly forest fire

Aug. 6, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's civil protection chief has resigned two weeks after a forest fire ravaged a seaside region near Athens, causing at least 91 deaths and battering the government's credibility. Yiannis Kapakis stepped down Monday, following the replacement over the weekend of the heads of the...