Latest Wildfires News

How a grassroots Lahaina fundraiser found a better way to help fire survivors

Jun. 10, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Maui wildfire fundraiser created by three local volunteers within days of the disaster has now distributed nearly $780,000 to displaced families. While that’s a small portion of the tens of millions raised via online fundraising campaigns, the Help Maui Rise...

Today in History: June 7, Supreme Court rejects contraceptive ban in Griswold v. Connecticut

Jun. 07, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 7, the 159th day of 2024. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to...

PacifiCorp will pay $178M to Oregon wildfire victims in latest settlement over deadly 2020 blazes

Jun. 04, 2024 08:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pacific Power, part of PacifiCorp, said Monday it has agreed to a $178 million settlement with over 400 Oregon plaintiffs in the latest multimillion-dollar payout related to the deadly 2020 wildfires that ravaged the state. In other cases that have gone to...

PacifiCorp will pay $178 million to Oregon wildfire victims in latest multimillion-dollar settlement from 2020 blazes

Jun. 03, 2024 17:57 PM EDT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — PacifiCorp will pay $178 million to Oregon wildfire victims in latest multimillion-dollar settlement from 2020 blazes.

California firefighters make significant progress against wildfire east of San Francisco Bay

Jun. 03, 2024 13:52 PM EDT

California's largest wildfire so far this year was significantly surrounded Monday after blackening a swath of hilly grasslands between San Francisco Bay and the Central Valley. The Corral Fire was 75% contained after scorching more than 22 square miles (57 square kilometers) during...

California firefighters continue battling wind-driven wildfire east of San Francisco

Jun. 02, 2024 23:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters made significant progress Sunday to tame a wind-driven wildfire that scorched thousands of acres 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of San Francisco, burned down a home and forced residents to flee the area near the central California city of Tracy. ...

Firefighters find charred body while extinguishing wildfire in south Florida

Jun. 02, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

OSTEEN, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters found a charred body after dousing a brush fire in south Florida on Sunday, while fire crews elsewhere in the drought-stricken state battled wildfires that temporarily closed a highway and forced some residents to be evacuated from their homes. ...

Oregon utility regulator rejects PacifiCorp request to limit its liability in wildfire lawsuits

May. 31, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

Oregon utility regulators have rejected a request from PacifiCorp that sought to limit its liability in wildfire lawsuits. Under the proposal, PacifiCorp would only have been responsible for paying out actual economic damages in lawsuit awards. The company submitted the request in...

Improving energy resilience in Pakistan could avert 175,000 deaths by 2030, UNICEF says

May. 31, 2024 13:26 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Developing resilient energy systems to power health facilities in Pakistan could avert over 175,000 deaths in the country by 2030, a new new study by the United Nations children’s agency said Friday. It would also contribute $296 million to the country’s...

Maui Council budgets $300,000 to study impacts of eliminating 7,000 vacation rentals

May. 31, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Blue Cleaning, a small business in West Maui that spruces up 27 vacation rentals, survived the sharp decline in tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic and after the devastating Aug. 8 wildfire in Lahaina. But now Leo Szakacs-Kekona, who owns and runs the...