Correction: California Wildfires story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about wildfires in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Maria Fire was northeast of Los Angeles. It is northwest. A corrected version of the story is below: Utility re-energized power line before fire A Southern California utility that shut off power to tens of […]

Greece: Wildfire contained near arms factory

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Firefighters battled for hours Thursday to contain a wildfire near an arms factory some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Athens, while the blaze forced the evacuation of a small refugee camp but did not threaten homes. The fire service said three water-dropping helicopters assisted more than 40 firefighters with 19 […]

Latest: Southern California wildfire is now 33% contained

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the wildfire in the San Fernando Valley is now 33% contained. The wildfire covers 12 square miles (31 square kilometers.) The department says Saturday night that winds and temperatures have fallen to normal […]

Wildfire forces residents, celebrities to flee

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire swept through the star-studded hills of Los Angeles on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing LeBron James and thousands of others to flee. Meanwhile, a blaze in Northern California wine country exploded in size. The flames that roared up a steep hillside near the J. Paul Getty Museum […]

Wildfire forces evacuations in northern California

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire has forced evacuations north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. The state firefighting agency Cal Fire says the blaze near Geyserville has grown to 10,000 acres (15 square miles) early Thursday. The Sonoma County sheriff’s office says evacuations have been ordered. The National Weather Service says winds around […]

1,000 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Some 1,000 firefighters are working to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured eight firefighters and 12 civilians, authorities said Sunday. Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency said the fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital. […]

Meteorologist: Russia wildfires linked to climate change

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia’s meteorological service says he sees global climate change as a factor behind the wildfires blazing throughout Siberia and the country’s Far East. The total area of the blazes increased on Friday to about 31,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles), according to Avialessokhrana, Russia’s aerial forest protection service. It […]

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. But tens of thousands of them have not sought compensation. They face a Monday deadline to file claims against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility […]

Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that had been largely contained overnight rekindled in […]

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