Latest Wildfires News

Southern California fire 80% contained, residents go home

Oct. 18, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Residents who fled the Alisal Fire west of Santa Barbara have been allowed to return home. All evacuation orders and warnings were canceled Sunday afternoon. The fire was 80% contained Monday morning and its size was...

Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

Oct. 17, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday. More than 1,600 firefighters were battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Firefighters make progress coralling big California wildfire

Oct. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4...

Oregon woman sentenced for burglaries during wildfires

Oct. 15, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A 35-year-old Oregon woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for her role in several burglaries that happened while residents were evacuated from wildfires that sparked over Labor Day weekend in 2020. Sandy Faye Lenox pleaded...

White House targeting economic risks from climate change

Oct. 15, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to address the economic risks from climate change, issuing a 40-page report Friday on government-wide plans to protect the financial, insurance and housing markets and the savings of American families. The...

California highway reopens but fire still a threat to homes

Oct. 14, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A key Southern California highway closed for days because of a wildfire was reopened Thursday evening but authorities warned that flames still posed a threat to remote properties in a coastal mountain range. The Alisal Fire has charred more...

Battle over California fire insurance policies intensifies

Oct. 14, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Massive wildfires are making it harder for some California homeowners to get property insurance, pitting the state's insurance commissioner against the industry in an escalating conflict that will likely stretch into 2022's statewide elections. ...

Greece: Severe storm, floods batter Athens, fire-hit island

Oct. 14, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires. Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off...

Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains

Oct. 13, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down Wednesday as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos. The...