Latest Wildfires News

Hawaii says it's safe to surf and swim in Lahaina's coastal waters after wildfire

Apr. 12, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities say coastal waters off the wildfire-stricken town of Lahaina pose no significant risk to human health and it's safe to surf and swim there. The state Department of Health announced the decision Thursday after reviewing water sampling test results...

Guatemala's president issues natural disaster declaration as 44 forest fires rage on

Apr. 10, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s president issued a natural disaster declaration Wednesday as 44 forest fires continue to burn across the Central American country. President Bernardo Arévalo said that 80% of the fires were started by people. Farmers often burn stubble and grass...

Drought, heat raise the risk of a repeat of Canada's record-breaking wildfires last year

Apr. 10, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's emergency preparedness minister warned Wednesday the country's wildfire season could be more explosive than last year when it led to unprecedented smoke conditions across much of the country and into the United States. Persistent drought and months...

Crews encircle wildfire on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

Apr. 09, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire has burned about 750 acres (304 hectares) of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, but crews have encircled much of the fire and it no longer is growing, officials said Tuesday. The fire was reported Friday evening on the west side...

US wildfires are getting bigger and more complex, prompting changes in firefighting workforce

Apr. 09, 2024 07:36 AM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It’s shaping up to be a long wildfire season, with Texas already seeing its largest blaze in recorded history and firefighters becoming overwhelmed with recent blazes in Virginia. Just in the first three months of the year, more than 2,669 square miles...

Two Oklahoma firefighters are injured battling wildfire that prompted evacuations

Apr. 08, 2024 12:53 PM EDT

MOORELAND, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma volunteer firefighters are recovering after suffering burns battling a weekend wildfire in northwest Oklahoma, officials said Monday. Mooreland firefighters Jared Brittain and Max Clark suffered injuries on Saturday when their truck was overrun...

Florida Panhandle wildfire destroys 1 home and damages 15 others

Apr. 06, 2024 17:48 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire in the Florida Panhandle has destroyed a home and damaged at least 15 others. The Florida Forest Service said Friday that the blaze, which broke out Thursday near Pensacola, was now more than 60% contained over an area of 50 acres (20 hectares). No...

As fire season fast approaches, Greece’s planners look for an edge in response time

Apr. 04, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

GLYKA NERA, Greece (AP) — In a drill at a 12th century monastery near Athens, a fast-approaching wildfire threatens to trap clergy and a group of people attending a baptism. Volunteers and firefighters race to pull them to safety through clouds of red smoke, as a drone buzzing...

Texas emergency management chief believes the state needs its own firefighting aircraft

Apr. 03, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

PAMPA, Texas (AP) — Texas’ top emergency manager told a panel of lawmakers that the state should establish its own firefighting aircraft division after a series of wildfires, including the largest in state history, scorched the Panhandle region this year. But the local landowners...

Virginia firefighter collapses and dies while battling an outdoor blaze

Apr. 01, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

GATE CITY. Va. (AP) — A firefighter collapsed and died while battling a 3-acre (1-hectare) wildfire in southwestern Virginia, officials said. Firefighter James C. Ward collapsed Saturday while working with a crew to extinguish the fire that broke out in Scott County, the Virginia...