Wildfires

Residents rest at a shelter during a wildfire in Sokcho, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2019. The fire likely started Thursday night from a transformer spark near a resort in the town of Goseong and then spread to the nearby mountains, according to Choi Jin-ho, a fire captain at Gangwon Fire Headquarters. Gangwon province governs the Olympic host city of Pyeongchang and is about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Seoul. (Choe Jae-hoon/Yonhap via AP)
April 05, 2019 - 4:01 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Firefighters managed to extinguish most of a massive forest fire that ripped through South Korea's mountainous northern coast Friday, destroying 135 homes and forcing more than 4,000 to flee the region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. One person was killed by what...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif. The massively expensive wildfires in 2017-2018 have prompted the creation of a five-member board, that met Wednesday April 3, 2019, to continue to consider who should pay for the increasingly destructive and costly wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
April 03, 2019 - 9:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials were struggling Wednesday to find ways for homeowners to afford insurance in fire-prone areas of California and for utilities to survive liability from devastating wildfires that threaten to worsen with climate change. One option on the table is the creation of a...
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April 03, 2019 - 8:10 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After an exceptionally dry winter and weeks of unseasonably high temperatures, Portugal is assembling a record number of firefighters and water-dropping aircraft as it braces for a potentially difficult wildfire season. The Interior Ministry says Wednesday that almost 11,500...
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April 01, 2019 - 5:19 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese military says 24 firefighters have been killed while battling a forest fire high in the mountains of western Sichuan province. The People's Liberation Army's Western Theater Command said the deaths occurred after a change of wind Sunday as the firefighters were battling...
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In this photo taken Thursday, March 28, 2019, Anne Vierra,with the town of Paradise, takes payment for the first building permit since the Camp Fire as Jason and Meagann Buzzard plan to rebuild their home in Paradise, Calif. Small signs of rebuilding a Northern California town destroyed by wildfire are sprouting this spring, including the issuing of the first permit to rebuild one of the 11,000 homes destroyed in Paradise five months ago. A city hall clerk on Thursday issued the couple a building permit to replace their home destroyed by the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people. The couple told reporters they never thought about leaving. Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said the Buzzards' permit is a sign that the town will rebuild.(Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
March 29, 2019 - 3:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Small signs of rebuilding the California town of Paradise after it was destroyed by wildfire are sprouting this spring, including the issuing of the first permits to rebuild two the 11,000 homes destroyed five months ago. The city issued the first permit Thursday to Jason and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says PG&E plans to remake its board of directors with hedge fund financiers and people who have little experience in utility operations and safety. Newsom, on Thursday March 28, 2019, said putting hedge fund managers in charge of the company will send a message the utility prioritizes profits over providing safe and reliable energy service. The utility did not immediately comment. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
March 28, 2019 - 7:29 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to remake its board of directors with hedge fund financiers and people who have little experience in utility operations and safety, and he urged the utility's leader to change course. "...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Department of Homeland Security personnel deliver supplies to Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
March 22, 2019 - 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The...
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This undated photo provided by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area shows a bobcat known as B-361 at area headquarters in Calabasas, Calif. The bobcat that survived the Southern California Woolsey wildfire has been hit and killed by a car. The animal was struck by a car in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles Friday, March 15, 2019. Scientists had been tracking the cat as it roamed between the burned and unburned areas of Malibu Canyon. B-361 is among several bobcats and mountain lions monitored by researchers in the wilderness areas of greater Los Angeles. (Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 6:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a bobcat that survived a Southern California wildfire has been hit and killed by a car. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that the adult male bobcat known as B-361 died last week. The animal was struck by a car in Calabasas, about...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. An investigation has determined that one of the largest and most destructive fires in California history was sparked by power lines coming into contact during high winds. The Ventura County Fire Department says Wednesday, March 13, 2019, that Southern California Edison power lines contact ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017 and eventually blackened more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers). (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
March 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday. The resulting arc ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, starting the blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 file photo, people stand amid the charred remains of burned-out cars in Mati east of Athens. Greek prosecutors are criticizing the authorities who handled the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades last summer. Extracts of a report into the fire shown to reporters by prosecutors Thursday, March 7, 2019 catalogued a lack of planning and coordination that combined with fire service and police blunders, led to 100 deaths. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
March 07, 2019 - 4:32 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek prosecutors have concluded that public safety and government officials made grave errors in responding to a wildfire outside Athens last summer that left 100 people dead and dozens injured, according to parts of an investigation report shown to journalists Thursday. The...
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