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Trucks Abandoned as Wildfire Rages Around Freeway

'Oh my God, I want to go!'

(Newser) - An explosive wildfire closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway only weeks after a nearby blaze left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people. The Delta Fire erupted Wednesday afternoon and within hours had devoured nearly 8 square miles of timber and brush on both sides of... More »

Guy's 'Ridiculous' Idea: Blow Smoke Back to Canada

All Spokane needs are 2.75M box fans...

(Newser) - Stuck inside as wildfire smoke floated over Spokane, Wash., Caleb Moon turned on his fan, then imagined the city's 550,000 residents doing the same. And "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada" was born . "Every resident must place at least five box fans on their roof.... More »

Massive Fire Tornado 'Was Incompatible With Life'

It was the last thing Calif. firefighter Jeremy Stoke ever saw

(Newser) - In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy... More »

No Cold Shoulder for Owners of Trailer Blamed for Deadly Fire

'It could have happened to any of us'

(Newser) - The rim of a flat trailer tire scraping against asphalt sparked California's eighth largest wildfire near Redding three weeks ago, but the trailer's owners shouldn't blame themselves , many of their neighbors say. The couple, unidentified by authorities, have received at least 100 letters absolving them of blame... More »

Utah Firefighter Killed Battling California Blaze

He's the 6th firefighter to die in wave of wildfires

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. Details haven't been released. Firefighters from all over... More »

Wildfire Is Now Biggest in California History

Old record only stood for 7 months

(Newser) - "We broke the record," Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean says of the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California. "That's one of those records you don't want to see." The blaze—made up of the twin Ranch and River fires about 100 miles... More »

Fire in Ireland Reveals Giant WWII Warning

Wildfire uncovers sign designed to alert aerial bombers they were over neutral territory

(Newser) - The US isn't the only nation battling wildfires, and one blaze in Ireland has revealed a relic of sorts from World War II. The wildfire on the eastern coast burned away vegetation that has long hidden a giant warning embedded into the earth using whitewashed stones, reports the Irish ... 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 »

Northern Calif. Wildfire 9th Worst in State History

20K flee new pair of wildfires

(Newser) - The explosive wildfire around Redding in northern California is now believed to be the ninth most destructive in state history, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean says. The blaze known as the Carr Fire, which has killed two firefighters and four civilians, including two children , has... More »

Suspects Accused of Looting Evacuated Homes in California

Carr fire has started to slow down

(Newser) - Authorities in California have arrested two people on suspicion of looting homes that had been evacuated due to an explosive wildfire. The Sacramento Bee reports that 25-year-old Jade Ball and 19-year-old Jack Fannin, of Redding, were found with what police said was evidence tying them to several burglaries. The Carr... More »

2 Kids, Great-Grandma Die in 'War Zone' of Calif. Wildfire

Flames raced through property while great-grandfather had gone to get supplies

(Newser) - The death count from a Northern California wildfire rose to five Saturday after two young children and their great-grandmother who had been unaccounted for were confirmed dead. "My babies are dead," Sherry Bledsoe said through tears, per the AP . Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily... More »

'Wall of Flames' Hits Northern Calif. City

At least 3 firefighters injured; bulldozer operator killed

(Newser) - An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities Thursday before reaching the city of Redding, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes, and forcing thousands to flee. Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze, says flames... More »

They Married Thursday, She Was a Widow Days Later

Irish newlywed among 81 dead in Greece wildfires

(Newser) - An Irish couple's idyllic Greek honeymoon has become a disaster from which only one will return. Days after arriving in the seaside resort of Mati, Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp became separated from his new bride as they ran to escape a fast-moving wildfire ; he is now among the 81 dead,... More »

Alleged Arsonist Arrested After Entire Town Evacuated

California police believe suspect set 5 fires

(Newser) - A fast-moving wildfire—believed to have been sparked by arson—tore through trees, burned five homes, and forced evacuation orders for an entire forest town as California sweltered under a heat wave and battled ferocious fires at both ends of the state. The so-called Cranston Fire, which erupted Wednesday in... 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 »

Realizing Death Was Certain, 26 People Embraced

Deadly fires reportedly kill 60 people near Athens

(Newser) - "They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced." That's the head of Greece's Red Cross commenting on a devastating scene: A group of 26 people who... More »

Their Home Destroyed, He 'Put a Smile' on His Wife's Face

After finding Laura Rao's wedding ring in ashes, Ishu Rao proposed to her all over again

(Newser) - Out of the ashes, a … proposal will rise. That's the bittersweet story out of Goleta, Calif., where an out-of-control fire scorched about 100 acres and destroyed more than a dozen homes after it started Friday night, local fire officials tell the San Luis Obispo Tribune . Ishu and Laura... More »

Danish Man Arrested as Colorado Wildfire Destroys 100 Homes

Authorities say he was in the country illegally

(Newser) - More than 100 homes have been destroyed by a Colorado wildfire that investigators say was started by an illegal campfire. San Luis Valley Emergency tweeted Monday night that 104 homes have been destroyed so far by the wildfire east of Fort Garland. The blaze has burned 89 square miles and... More »

'Controlled Burn' in Florida Torches 36 Homes

A fire that was supposed to clear 480 acres spread across 800

(Newser) - Dozens of homes in Florida’s panhandle went up in flames when a controlled burn that was supposed to clear 480 acres spread across 800 acres, reports CBS News . Controlled burns are a forest management tool where a fire is deliberately set to prevent destructive wildfires. The fire—which was... More »

Thousands Flee Fires in Dry Rural California

'Wildfire season is upon us'

(Newser) - Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others as they raced across dry brush in rural northern California over the weekend. The Pawnee Fire, which broke out Saturday near Clearlake Oaks, has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600. As of Sunday, there was no containment and it... More »

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