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New York Heat Makes Horse Manure Spontaneously Combust

Gross

(Newser) - How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames, the AP reports. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in... More »

Massive Calif. Wildfire Moving Like 'Freight Train'

Fire officials say out-of-control Sand fire near LA has now spread to 33K acres

(Newser) - More than 1,600 firefighters fought an uncontrollable wildfire Sunday in California's Santa Clarita Valley, an inferno that fire officials say grew three times larger over the weekend due to hot, arid conditions and winds up to 20mph, NBC News and the Los Angeles Times report. More than 33,... More »

Odd New Tool in Study of Wildfires: Rattlesnakes

Researcher will track snakes near Washington burn site

(Newser) - Animals flee fire—but what happens when the flames are extinguished? That's exactly what Joey Chase of Central Washington University is trying to find out. Over the next year, he plans to track two male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes, each about 10 years old, found near the site of a... More »

NASA Just Lit a Big Fire in Space

The biggest one ever intentionally lit, as a matter of fact—all in the name of safety

(Newser) - NASA just started the biggest fire in outer space ever intentionally set—all in the name of safety, Space.com reports. The Spacecraft Fire Experiment , aka Saffire-1, took place Tuesday inside an unmanned Cygnus cargo vessel after it left the International Space Station, with what a press release describes as... More »

Car Wreck Sparks Brushfire, Turns LA-Area Hills 'Into Torches'

Thousands forced to evacuate around Calabasas

(Newser) - A car crash that downed power lines turned the hills northwest of Los Angeles into torches, forcing thousands from their homes and putting entire neighborhoods at risk in the prosperous semi-rural enclave of Calabasas, reports the AP . Fifty-foot-high flames erupted on the ridges and embers turned trees into candles Saturday... More »

Cops: Minn. Woman Set Another Woman on Fire

Suspect in custody after horrific St. Paul attack

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman who ran off after allegedly setting another woman on fire is now in custody, police say. St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster says the victim was hospitalized with severe burn injuries to her torso that "do not appear to be life-threatening" after the horrific Monday... More »

Family Says Toddler's Shoes Burst Into Flame

They were powered by lithium batteries

(Newser) - A Texas couple is warning parents about light-up shoes after their 2-year-old son's pair apparently burst into flame. Attila and Jovan Virag say they found a fire in the backseat of their SUV on Saturday. When the flames were extinguished, there was a hole in the floor, a melted... More »

Daytime Cooking Banned During Deadly Indian Heatwave

Fires, mostly from cooking, have killed dozens

(Newser) - Faced with deadly fires during a blistering weeks-long heatwave, one Indian state has made the "unprecedented" move of banning daytime cooking, the Guardian reports. "After a review of fire incidents, we've seen that most of them were caused by cooking fires," a senior disaster management official... More »

Lawmaker Sets River on Fire, Blames Fracking

Jeremy Buckingham makes his case in Australia

(Newser) - Could fracking be behind methane gas that's bubbling up in an Australian river? A lawmaker there gave his answer by going out on a boat and setting fire to the water, ABC News Australia reports. "Unbelievable!" says Jeremy Buckingham in a video (WARNING: LANGUAGE) as flames leap... More »

6 Killed in Atlanta Boarding House Fire

House 'collapsed in on itself'

(Newser) - A fierce fire roared through a boarding house in Atlanta early Monday, reports the AP , collapsing the house in on itself and killing six people, authorities said. The victims included four men and two women, Atlanta Fire Rescue spokesman Cortez Stafford said. Their names were not immediately available. Stafford said... More »

Guy Tries to Forget Old Flame, Sets Fire to Park

2 charged in playground fire that caused $21K in damage

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are dealing with what the AP calls "a case of burning love": Two teens who burned a love letter from one of their ex-girlfriends also burned down a playground on Monday, police say. A police rep notes Robert Yaskell and Riley Borello-Poythress, both 18, "... More »

This Is Why You Shouldn't Sleep With Your Phone

Put it on a nightstand, not under your pillow

(Newser) - A tip from the NYPD: "Don't put your cellphone under a pillow when sleeping or when charging your device"—unless you want to set your head on fire. Deputy Inspector Wilson Aramboles of the NYPD's 33rd Precinct shared that message on Twitter on Monday alongside photos... More »

Massive Landfill Fire in India Can Be Seen From Space

NASA pic shows how bad toxic Mumbai blaze really is

(Newser) - Residents in Mumbai are posting smog-filled photos on Twitter and dozens of schools have shut down as a fire in the Indian city's largest landfill continues to burn. In fact, the blaze (which Mashable calls a "mystery fire") in the 326-acre Deonar landfill is so big that... More »

2 Kids Die After One Returns to Burning House to Save Others

The four children were home alone, possibly while their parents were at Bible study

(Newser) - A house fire has claimed the lives of two eastern Wisconsin children, including an 11-year-old girl who went back into the house to rescue two other children, officials said Wednesday. Sheboygan Falls public safety director Steven Riffel identified the children who died as 7-year-old Carter Maki and 11-year-old Natalie Martin.... More »

Fired Burger King Worker Takes It Out on Uniform: Cops

Things got heated at Florida restaurant

(Newser) - A Burger King worker apparently wanted to have it his way as he was fired from the Florida restaurant where he worked—so he allegedly flame-broiled his uniform. That's what 24-year-old Timothy Alejandro Ortiz is accused of doing after he was terminated from a Palencia location last week, the... More »

Man Fights Bedbugs With Fire, It Ends Poorly

Detroit guy recovering from burns

(Newser) - Maybe the old slumber send-off of "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" is due for an addendum … namely "and don't set yourself and your apartment building on fire ." Case in point: A Detroit man was recovering from burns Friday after dousing himself and... More »

Woman Whose Home Caught Fire Cheers America Up

Tulsa's Michelle Dobyne, other complex residents stay cheerful after blaze

(Newser) - When News on 6 reporters got to the scene of a fire at an Oklahoma apartment complex on Sunday, they figured they'd find residents "miserable and upset." But while firefighters doused the blaze at Tulsa's Casa Linda complex, they couldn't put out the positive vibe... More »

Pregnant Mom Runs Into Burning Home to Save Child; Both Die

The cause of the fire is under investigation

(Newser) - A pregnant mother ran back into her burning row house to rescue her toddler Friday morning in Philadelphia, but died along with the child when smoke prevented their escape, officials said. The woman initially escaped the blaze, which broke out around 4am, with other relatives but realized her toddler was... More »

Cops Hunt Guy After Woman Fatally Set on Fire

Calif. man sought after partner dies in apparent domestic dispute

(Newser) - "It appears that during a domestic dispute, the suspect chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline," reads the chilling press release from police in Pomona, Calif. "The suspect then ignited the victim, possibly with a lit cigarette." Cops... More »

Fire in Saudi Maternity Ward Kills at Least 24

'We could hear the women screaming'

(Newser) - At least 24 people are dead—including one child—after a fire tore through the maternity and neonatal intensive care unit of a hospital in Saudi Arabia early Thursday, Reuters reports. The fire—which one witness says spread through the hospital in only minutes—occurred in the city of Jazan,... More »

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