Latest Wildfires News

California reports first wildfire death of the 2024 season as fires persist across the West

Jul. 12, 2024 22:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildfires fueled by strong winds and an extended heat wave have led to the first death in California of the 2024 season, while wind-whipped flames in Arizona have forced hundreds to flee from what tribal leaders are calling the “most serious” wildfire on their reservation...

US Forest Service pilot hikes to safety after helicopter crash near central Idaho wildfire

Jul. 12, 2024 21:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that was responding to a small wildfire in central Idaho before crashing in the Sawtooth National Forest survived and was able to hike to a waiting ambulance, officials said. “Our pilot was on board and survived, and an investigation...

Small wildfire leads to precautionary evacuation of climate change research facility in Colorado

Jul. 12, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A small wildfire started Friday on a trail near a Colorado facility where scientists research climate change, including worsening wildfires, leading officials to evacuate the building. The fire started late Friday morning in the foothills of the Rocky...

California fire officials report first wildfire death of the 2024 season

Jul. 12, 2024 14:51 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California fire officials report first wildfire death of the 2024 season.

New heat wave in Greece expected to last at least a week. North Macedonia also swelters

Jul. 12, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Friday warned of an impending weeklong heat wave during the summer tourist season, with a high risk of dangerous wildfires, as much of southern Europe sweltered under high temperatures. The ministry for civil protection and climate change...

Wildfire risk rises as Western states dry out amid protracted heat wave

Jul. 12, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Western states warned of the rising risk of wildfires amid a protracted heat wave that has dried out the landscape while setting temperature records and putting lives at risk. Forecasters, meanwhile, said Thursday that some relief was due by the weekend. ...

New Mexico village ravaged by wildfire gets another pounding by floodwaters

Jul. 09, 2024 18:34 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Roads throughout a mountain village in southern New Mexico that was recently ravaged by wildfire were closed Tuesday as authorities tried to keep vehicles out of the path of rushing water. Officials in Ruidoso reported that several bridge crossings were closed...

Hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, billions of dollars is cost of extreme heat in California

Jul. 09, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

A blistering California heat wave over the past week and through the Fourth of July holiday could be topped off by the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. That kind of extreme heat has led to more deaths than wildfires and cost billions of dollars over a decade, according to the state...

Sparked by fireworks, New Jersey forest fire is 90% contained, authorities say

Jul. 09, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighting crews have managed to contain 90% of a forest fire that burned 6.7 square miles (17 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands. The blaze in Wharton State Forest was not threatening any structures, and no one had been injured by it, the New...

Greek authorities tame a wildfire that forced the evacuation of a hospital and a retirement home

Jul. 09, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday evacuated a children's hospital and a retirement home on the outskirts of the southern city of Patras after a summer wildfire flared in the area amid hot, windy weather. Fire service spokesman Vasilis Vathrakoyiannis said the...