Latest Wildfires News

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

Dec. 15, 2018 2:22 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and...

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

Dec. 15, 2018 1:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground. In the first week, the blaze destroyed 57 homes and killed a...

Greece wildfire toll now 100 as man dies months later

Dec. 15, 2018 7:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a 73-year-old man hospitalized with severe burns since July has died, bringing the toll of a deadly wildfire east of Athens to 100. The wildfire, aided by high winds, swept through the suburb of Mati, a popular seaside resort, on July 23. People were trapped...

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

Dec. 14, 2018 6:48 PM EST

On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted. One state prison inmate firefighter tried to escape the flames and ran into a barbed...

California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 8:44 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those...

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

Dec. 13, 2018 6:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an...

Burned bear Cinder shot and killed by hunter in Washington

Dec. 13, 2018 2:02 PM EST

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — A bear cub found badly burned in a massive 2014 Washington state wildfire has been killed by a hunter. Rich Beausoleil with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said a team in September set out to find the den of the bear nicknamed Cinder because her radio-transmitting...

Correction: California Wildfires-Cleanup story

Dec. 12, 2018 7:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about California wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that insurance carriers paid $11.8 billion to 2017 Northern California wine country wildfire victims. Insurance companies paid $10 billion. A corrected version of the story is below: California...

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

Dec. 12, 2018 6:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and killed...

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

Dec. 12, 2018 1:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local): 10:33 a.m. Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion. State insurance commissioner Dave Jones announced the figure Wednesday and said it is likely to rise. About $7 billion in claims are from...