Wildfires

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Oprah Winfrey smiles during a tribute to Nelson Mandela and promoting gender equality event at University of Johannesburg in Soweto, South Africa. Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire. The Maui News reported Saturday, July 13, 2019, that Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who only visited briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the organization’s sign. A Maui Humane Society official says Winfrey is a society supporter. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
July 14, 2019 - 7:51 pm
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire. The Maui News reported Saturday that Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo...
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In his June 3, 2019 photo, Bill Arsenault of the Idaho Falls Fire Department looks at memorial stones at the Wildland Firefighters Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Federal officials at the NIFC are bolstering mental health resources for wildland firefighters following an apparent increase in suicides. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
July 14, 2019 - 4:19 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national...
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July 13, 2019 - 1:42 pm
ROME (AP) — Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern Italy, including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead. Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the...
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Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, after their wildfire measure they co-authored, along with Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. At left is state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who carried the measure in the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 11, 2019 - 5:50 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5...
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An airplane drops water over a fire in the village of Gavalas, on the Greek island of Evia, Friday, July 5, 2019. Greek authorities say four villages were evacuated overnight on the island of Evia after two new brush fires broke out several hours after a major blaze led to the mobilization of more than 100 firefighters and the evacuation of another village. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 05, 2019 - 11:53 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities sent reinforcements to firefighters battling four wildfires burning out of control on the Greek island of Evia Friday, while at least five villages were evacuated. The fire department sent dozens of reinforcements as well as extra firefighting aircraft to the...
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Firefighters spray water on a road in Alt Jabel, Germany, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany. Officials said Tuesday that the blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northwest of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
July 03, 2019 - 3:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — German officials say thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are beginning to get a massive wildfire northwest of Berlin under control but that the situation remains critical. Armored military bulldozers have been working to clear a fire break around the blaze...
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Smoke rises as a forest fire rages near Vielank, Germany, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany. Officials said Tuesday that the blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northwest of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 3:03 am
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany after weeks of dry weather. Officials said Tuesday that the blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northwest of Berlin...
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Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Palma d'Ebre, near Tarragona, Spain, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Authorities suspect the cause of the outbreak was a deposit of improperly stored manure. Firefighters say that high temperatures and a drop in humidity will likely fan the flames. (AP Photo/Jordi Borras)
June 28, 2019 - 10:26 am
MADRID (AP) — Firefighters and aircraft battled for a third straight day Friday to contain a major wildfire that started in a pile of chicken dung and raced across the hills of northeastern Spain amid a heat wave. Authorities said more than 700 firefighters, eight helicopters and six water-dropping...
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The burned landscape after a wildfire in Torre de l'Espanyol, near Tarragona, Spain, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Catalonia region of Spain has seen its biggest forest fire this year, with more than 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) believed to have been burned and hundreds of people evacuated.(AP Photo/Jordi Borras)
June 27, 2019 - 10:22 am
MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters struggled Thursday to contain a wildfire in northeastern Spain that has spread over 5,500 hectares (13,590 acres) and forced the evacuation of 53 residents. A Spanish military unit with 120 specialists joined local firefighters who had worked overnight to...
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June 27, 2019 - 5:09 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Firefighters are battling to contain a wildfire near an arms factory some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Athens. The fire has forced the evacuation of a small refugee camp but is not threatening homes. The fire service says three water-dropping helicopters are assisting more...
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