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Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

As Calif. Fires Rage, Pink's Husband Threatens Looters

Carey Hart's Instagram photo is raising eyebrows

(Newser) - It's usually Pink who's making headlines , but the pop singer's husband has found his way to more than a few over to his response to the California wildfires . Per , Carey Hart is the center of new controversy over a photo he posted on Instagram Tuesday... More »

Fire Now Tied for Deadliest in California History

Butte County's Camp Fire has killed at least 29

(Newser) - A somber update to one of the wildfires raging through California: Twenty-nine people have died and 228 are missing in the wake of Butte County's Camp Fire, putting the blaze in a tie for the highest death toll since the state started keeping records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle ... More »

Trump's Answer to Calif. Fires: I May Yank Federal Funds

President blames state's 'gross mismanagement' of forests for wildfires

(Newser) - As the wildfires ravaging California continue to wreak havoc , President Trump has weighed in from across the world—and he's blaming California, per Reuters . In an early Saturday post from Paris, where he's attending events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I,... More »

Trump's Claim on Calif. Wildfires 'Boggles the Mind'

No, the state's water is not being dumped in the Pacific, an expert says

(Newser) - President Trump on Sunday addressed the devastation wrought by the latest California wildfires , the Hill reports. "California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized," he tweeted . "... More »

As Flaming Pine Cones Rained Down, Their Only Option: Swim

Wildfire death toll in Greece now stands at 80

(Newser) - The death toll in Greece stands at 80 in the wake of devastating and fast-moving wildfires that struck near Athens Monday during what Reuters describes as a late afternoon siesta time. Much of the focus has been on Mati, a seaside town frequented by area tourists. Many fled into the... More »

Against an Inferno, Man Rescues the Smallest Creature

Wild rabbit saved

(Newser) - Whether you consider it brave or foolish, it's tough not to consider it incredible. NBC News has video of a driver who pulled over on California's Highway 1 near La Conchita to save a wild rabbit from the blazing wildfire that's painting the backdrop orange. As the... More »

Amazon Yanks Nearly All Hoverboards

Won't be allowed back on US site until makers can prove they won't catch fire

(Newser) - Consumers planning on scouring Amazon to find a hoverboard to place under the Christmas tree may have to look elsewhere. Joining fellow online retailer , Amazon has decided to halt sales of most of the two-wheeled products on its US and UK sites in the wake of recent reports... More »

Don't Toke on Those E-Cigs in a National Park

Because they're now officially banned, for health and fire-safety reasons

(Newser) - If you have the urge to vape, you won't be doing it at Valley Forge—or at any other national park anymore, thanks to a new ban on e-cigarettes put in place yesterday by the National Park Service. Per US News & World Report , the NPS is nixing the... More »

Colo. Fire Forces Evacuation of 900 Prisoners

4 blazes have destroyed dozens of homes

(Newser) - Wildfires are raging in Colorado, and one of them caused more than 900 prisoners to be evacuated from a state prison early today. The medium- and low-risk prisoners were taken by bus to other prisons, a spokesperson tells the AP . The fire hasn't actually reached the Colorado Territorial Correctional... More »

California Wildfire Burns Path to the Sea

Winds poised to worsen flames that have scorched 8K acres

(Newser) - Authorities are warning of "extreme fire danger" as Southern California wildfires continue to rage , having already cut a 10-mile path to the Pacific. The Springs Fire already scorched 8,000 acres of land, and it's putting 2,000 homes at risk, CNN reports. Winds today of some 35mph... More »

Calif. Wildfire Burns 3K Acres; 'Volatile' Season Looms

Fire activity up 60% as blazes light up across state

(Newser) - More than 400 firefighters worked to significantly contain a wildfire in Southern California yesterday, but warn that things may get worse before they get better. The blaze burned across 4 1/2 square miles in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, claiming one house and forcing hundreds to evacuate, NBC... More »

Death Toll Hits 233 in Brazil Nightclub Inferno

Fire breaks out during band's fireworks display

(Newser) - A fireworks display in a Brazilian nightclub went horribly awry last night, spawning a fire that police say killed upward of 233 people, reports CNN . Police on the scene at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria have already removed 159 bodies, reports Reuters , and rescuers are still looking for more.... More »

Morsi's Power Grab Sparks Protests, Fires

Clashes erupt among tens of thousands of demonstrators

(Newser) - At least 16 people have been hurt as tens of thousands protest Mohamed Morsi's assumption of new powers in Egypt. Responding to the Egyptian leader's self-proclaimed immunity to judicial review, demonstrations broke out in Cairo and across the country, Bloomberg reports; protesters set fire to Muslim Brotherhood political... More »

Murder Charges Filed in Deadly Pakistan Fires

Pakistani government officials have also been charged

(Newser) - The Pakistani government has filed murder charges in the wake of yesterday's devastating factory fires in two separate cities. Government officials and the factory owners are the targets of the charges, which claim that "utter negligence to provide adequate security to the factory workers" was to blame for... More »

Wildfires Raging Through 14 States

And weather conditions not expected to improve soon

(Newser) - Fourteen states west of the Mississippi are burning, with 70 large fires destroying homes and forcing many to evacuate. Hot, dry, windy weather in the western US is fueling the flames and is expected to continue into next week. Details from CNN :
  • The Taylor Bridge Fire in Washington state has
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Air Tanker Crashes While Fighting Wildfire

No word yet on crew's status in South Dakota crash

(Newser) - At least one major blaze is finally coming under control, but wildfires aren't done wreaking havoc across the West : In South Dakota yesterday, a military air tanker crashed while fighting the White Draw Fire, which has burned through 4,200 acres since Friday and is 30% contained, CNN reports.... More »

Colorado Wildfire Claims 1st Victim

One other resident of home also missing

(Newser) - The Waldo Canyon fire blazing through Colorado Springs has claimed its first victim: Human remains were found in one burned home, police announced last night, and a second person living in the home is missing, the Gazette reports. Ten people in all are still unaccounted for. Nearly 350 homes have... More »

LA Arson Spree Continues With 12 More Fires

12 more fires break out, police detain person of interest

(Newser) - Another dozen fires broke out over two hours early this morning around Los Angeles, some of them apparently simultaneously , as police investigate 55 such incidents since last week . Police have now detained a "person of interest" in the crimes, believed to be the same white male between 20 and... More »

LA Arson Spree Torches Cars

More than 35 fires set over two days

(Newser) - Los Angeles apparently has one or more arsonists running around. Firefighters battled 16 more blazes overnight, on top of 21 the previous night, mostly around Hollywood, reports the Los Angeles Times . It appears the fires were started in parked cars, and several spread to nearby buildings. The most notable example:... More »

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