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Calif. Wildfires Deliver a 'Heartbreaking' Loss

Hundreds of giant sequoias are believed to have burned

(Newser) - Northern California wildfires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves of the majestic monarchs in the Sierra Nevada, an official said Wednesday. "It's heartbreaking," Christy Brigham, head of resources management and science for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, told the AP...

Special Blankets Helped Save World's Biggest Trees

Recent controlled burns also kept sequoias safe in California

(Newser) - The general is safe, for now. The reference is to the world's biggest tree, known as General Sherman, in California's Sequoia National Park, reports NPR . Encroaching wildfires had forest workers scrambling to protect the ancient trees last week, and their efforts appear to have paid off. Not only...

Lake Tahoe Residents 'Thankful to Be Alive'

They're returning home, though Caldor Fire is only 50% contained

(Newser) - Residents are returning to the Lake Tahoe resort area more than a week after evacuation orders spurred by the Caldor Fire , though full containment is still weeks away. More than 53,000 people had been ordered to evacuate by Sept. 1. At that time, officials expected full containment by Wednesday....

Time to Douse All the Campfires, Everyone
Love Campfires? Time
to Make a Sacrifice

Love Campfires? Time to Make a Sacrifice

In her 'Outside' essay, Heather Hansman advocates for canceling campfires to save our landscapes

(Newser) - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its landmark climate report last week, and a dire report it was. For Heather Hansman, the "biggest takeaway" from that report is that time has run out and we can no longer be complacent—"anything we can do now ... will make...

He's a Star Sommelier—and Allegedly, a Secret Arsonist

Caleb Ganzer charged with burning outdoor dining structures in NYC

(Newser) - Three fires set near New York City restaurants since January have been attributed to someone with much interest in the restaurant business: a star sommelier . A former Food & Wine magazine sommelier of the year , who spent part of his career at the Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park , Caleb Ganzer is...

Wildfires Rage as West Bakes
Wildfires Rage as West Bakes

Wildfires Rage as West Bakes

Firefighters battle extreme heat in California, Oregon, elsewhere

(Newser) - Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region. Details, via the AP :
  • The largest wildfire of the year in California—the Beckwourth Complex Fire—was raging along the Nevada state

Tesla's New Car Is Making Headlines, but Not in Good Way

Pennsylvania driver narrowly escaped his Model S Plaid after it burst into flames, lawyers say

(Newser) - A driver's brand-new six-figure Tesla gave him quite the scare this week in Pennsylvania, and his lawyers say he's lucky to be alive. Mark Geragos and Jason Setchen, attorneys said to be representing the owner of the vehicle, a Tesla Model S Plaid, tell the Washington Post their...

2 More Churches Burn on Indigenous Land
Churches Keep Burning 
in Canada

Churches Keep Burning in Canada

4 churches on Indigenous land have burned in a week

(Newser) - Churches on western Canada's Indigenous land keep burning weeks after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children at the former sites of Catholic-run residential schools. Per the BBC , fires at St Ann's Church and the Chopaka Church, both in internior British Columbia, began within an hour...

Catholic Churches on Indigenous Land Burn to the Ground

Arson suspected following discovery of graves at former Catholic-run residential school in Canada

(Newser) - Two century-old Catholic churches on Indigenous land in southern British Columbia burned to the ground on Monday, Canada's National Indigenous Peoples' Day—roughly a month after the discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 children at the former Catholic-run Kamloops Indian Residential School. Flames were reported at Sacred Heart...

11-Year-Old Hit With Felony Charges in $30K Brush Fire

Ariz. officials say 2 other children tried to stop boy from setting blaze on former golf course

(Newser) - Arizona is deep into its brush fire season, when the smallest spark can set off a massive blaze, officials tell WSJM . That became evident last weekend, when a fire caught hold and spread in Yavapai County, wrecking two vacant buildings and causing $30,000 in damage. Now, officials say it...

Fire Kills 18 in Hospital's COVID Ward

Dozens were rescued from India's Welfare Hospital in Bharuch

(Newser) - A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults, even though some states say they don't have enough jabs. The fire broke out in a...

He Rescued a Toddler in 1998, Gets Huge Hug 23 Years Later

Firefighter William Porter meets Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, whom he saved from a house fire

(Newser) - A retired firefighter who rescued a toddler from a house fire 23 years ago had an emotional reunion over the weekend with Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, in upstate New York. Per NBC New York , William Porter was among the responders who showed up at the burning house in Poughkeepsie on...

They Put Out the Fire at the Zoo. Then, a Tragic Find

2 giraffes, including one named Waffles, killed during blaze at Roer's Zoofari in Reston, Va.

(Newser) - Two giraffes were found dead Monday evening after firefighters battled a blaze at a Virginia zoo, officials said. A two-story barn at Roer's Zoofari caught fire around 5:30pm Monday night, news outlets reported, via the AP . The two giraffes were found after the fire was extinguished. Fairfax County...

California Kicks Off 2021 With a Fiery Surge

Wildfire stats show a January with 3 times the five-year average for that month

(Newser) - If Californians were hoping for a better 2021, signs aren't looking good on the wildfire front. USA Today notes that it's not even the Golden State's traditional wildfire season yet, which typically runs from June through September , yet the year is kicking off with some alarming stats....

Out of a Gender Reveal Gone Wrong, a New Tragedy

Firefighter has died near Pinezanita, Calif., in blaze sparked by party

(Newser) - On Thursday night, police and firefighters began searching for a missing elite "Hotshot" firefighter near Pinezanita, Calif., which has been engulfed in flames from a blaze started during a gender reveal party, reports KTLA . By Friday morning, sad news had emerged, per CNN . "USDA Forest Service officials on...

Deadliest US Blaze of 2020: 'No Fighting This Fire'

At least 9 are dead as area burned in California surpasses size of Connecticut

(Newser) - Berry Creek, Calif., has been largely destroyed in what has become the deadliest fire of 2020, a year that has already shattered California records for the most area burned—more land than the state of Connecticut—and recorded the largest fire of all time in the state. Five of the...

Ancient Redwoods Show Calif. Wildfires Who's Boss

Most giant trees in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, including 'Mother of the Forest,' survive blazes

(Newser) - When a massive wildfire swept through California’s oldest state park last week, it was feared many trees in a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of them 2,000 years old and among the tallest living things on Earth, may finally have succumbed. But an AP reporter and photographer hiked...

Postal Delivery Trucks Are Bursting Into Flames

A postal-carrier newsletter calls it 'a very dangerous situation'

(Newser) - Postal workers have a bit of a problem: Their trucks are catching fire. And not just a few of them. At least 417 USPS mail trucks—the classic ones with right-side driving to enable quick delivery—have been damaged or scorched by fire since 2014, Vice reports. Engineers brought in...

'Five Mile Swamp Fire' Rages in Florida
Hundreds Flee
Florida Swamp Fires

Hundreds Flee Florida Swamp Fires

'Five Mile Swamp Fire' is out of control

(Newser) - It's springtime, and swamps are burning in the Florida Panhandle. Authorities said Wednesday night that the Five Mile Swamp Fire in Santa Rosa County had burned more than 2,000 acres and was only 20% contained, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Authorities said the fire began when a contractor...

An Aussie Open Cloaked in Smoke: 'I Couldn't Walk Anymore'

One player quit her match, 2 called medical timeouts, Sharapova's match called off amid fires

(Newser) - The Victorian government's advice as Australia's bushfires rage on is to "minimize the time spent in smoky conditions" and "avoid exercise"—both tough to do if you're competing outdoors in the Australian Open. But that's what players were forced to contend with Monday...

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