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At least 16 migrants dead in Moscow warehouse fire

Moscow - At least 16 migrant workers mostly from Kyrgyzstan died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse early Saturday, Russian authorities said.

Landmark Hearst Castle closed as California wildfires bear down

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California said they are making progress slowing the advance of several devastating wildfires, but authorities ordered the temporary closure of a historic villa in the path of one dangerous inferno.

Nicaragua refinery fire under control: officials

Managua - Firefighters have contained a massive refinery fire on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, officials said Sunday.

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Oil from refinery blast slickens Nicaragua habitat: environmentalists

Managua - A massive refinery fire in Nicaragua caused an oil spill that has contaminated sensitive nearby coastal habitat, a nonprofit group here said.

Nicaragua struggles to control fire at sole oil refinery

Managua - Nicaraguan firefighters on Friday were trying to bring under control a huge fire at their country's only oil refinery that has been burning for two days, creating health fears over noxious smoke.

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled to douse a series of wildfires fueled by high winds, scorching temperatures and dry vegetation, which have forced tens of thousands of Californians to flee their homes.

California wildfire puts 82,000 at risk

Los Angeles - A fire raging east of Los Angeles spread rapidly Wednesday, posing a threat to more than 82,000 people and prompting the governor of California to declare a state of emergency.

Tesla probing car blaze in France

Paris - Pioneering US electric car firm Tesla said Tuesday it was probing an incident in which one of its Model S sedans caught fire while undergoing a test drive in France.

Bush fire threatens Rio mountain bike venue

Rio De Janeiro - The Olympic Games mountain bike competition will go ahead as planned, officials said on Tuesday, despite a nearby bushfire threatening the venue.

Man arrested for starting raging wildfire in California

Los Angeles - A man was arrested and charged with arson Monday for starting a massive wildfire in northern California that has destroyed 175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety.

Arson likely in deadly Iraq maternity ward fire, govt says

Baghdad - A fire that killed 13 children in an Iraqi maternity ward was apparently started intentionally, the health ministry's spokesman said on Sunday.

Firefighters battle blazes in France and Portugal

Marseille - Fires that raged through countryside near Marseille left a trail of destruction but were no longer threatening the southern French city on Thursday, while another blaze erupted near the Spanish border, forcing dozens to evacuate.

Wildfires tamed in southern France as new blazes feared

Vitrolles - Firefighters tamed wildfires on the northern edge of the French port city of Marseille overnight as strong winds and dry conditions threatened new blazes in the south, local officials said Thursday.

Portugal battles deadly forest fires

Lisbon - Three people have died in raging forest fires on Portugal's holiday island of Madeira where flames damaged homes and a hotel and forced around 1,000 people to flee.

Three die as fires ravage Madeira

Lisbon - Three people were killed, two seriously hurt and around a thousand forced to flee overnight as fires ravaged the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira, reaching the capital Funchal, rescuers said Wednesday.

Baghdad hospital blaze leaves 12 newborns dead

Baghdad - A fire tore through the maternity ward of one of Baghdad's largest hospitals Wednesday, killing at least 12 premature babies, medical and security officials said.

German Canaries blaze suspect remanded

Madrid - A German man who allegedly sparked a deadly forest fire in the Canary Islands by burning toilet paper has been remanded in custody, a court spokesman said Saturday.

At least 13 killed, 6 injured in France birthday party fire

Rouen - A fire apparently sparked by birthday cake candles tore through a bar in northern France early Saturday, killing at least 13 people in the nation's deadliest blaze in a decade.

Ranger dies in Spain blaze after German lights toilet paper

Santa Cruz De La Palma - A park ranger died while fighting a blaze in the Canary Islands allegedly sparked by a German man who set fire to toilet paper after defecating in the woods, authorities said Thursday.

Fires are needed to restore the Great Plains of the U.S.

To restore the grasslands of the Great Plains, a high intensity fire is required. The best way to achieve this, an ecologist argues, is with the use of drones.

Massive fires rage in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters continued to battle huge wildfires in California on Monday, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry.At least one person has died in the blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Huge sawdust dump fire in Siberia will burn for years

Environmentalists fear that world's largest sawdust dump, which is burning since 2013 in Irkutsk region of Siberia will continue burning for the next few years with truckloads of sawdust waste being added each day into the mountain of sawdust.

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

Barcelona - Spanish troops intervened Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve after laying waste to some 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land, regional authorities said.

Raging wildfire engulfs California homes, film set

Santa Clarita - Thousands of firefighters battled to contain a blaze tearing through suburban Los Angeles, destroying homes and a popular filming location and threatening actress Tippi Hedren's animal sanctuary.

Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

Antananarivo - A house fire during a party in Madagascar has killed 38 people including 16 children as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said Monday.

Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated

Los Angeles - A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate.

Community center south of San Francisco destroyed by fire

Millbrae - Officials in suburban Millbrae, 15 miles south of San Francisco, scrambled to find alternatives Thursday after the city's community center was destroyed by fire.

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Moscow - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

Blaze rips through 75-storey Dubai skyscraper

Dubai - Fire ripped through a 75-storey Dubai apartment block on Wednesday, forcing police to evacuate the area in the latest of a series of skyscraper blazes in the Gulf state.
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Toronto Community Housing representative.
Toronto Community Housing representative.
A Colorado sunset tinged with smoke from the wildfires
A Colorado sunset tinged with smoke from the wildfires
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Kenya s Naivasha township: Most of the children s hard school work had been destroyed in the blaze. ...
Kenya's Naivasha township: Most of the children's hard school work had been destroyed in the blaze. They may have lost everything but they still all survived.
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Fire erupts after a natural gas explosion at JJ s Restaurant in Kansas City  MO
Fire erupts after a natural gas explosion at JJ's Restaurant in Kansas City, MO
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December Prison fire blamed on homemade hooch
December Prison fire blamed on homemade hooch
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A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A warm and inviting fireplace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel  London.
A warm and inviting fireplace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London.
Scene of balloon fire on Friday night.
Scene of balloon fire on Friday night.
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Cozy fireplace
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TRANQUIL: The grounds at Harbin Hot Springs are seen in January  months before the facility was dest...
TRANQUIL: The grounds at Harbin Hot Springs are seen in January, months before the facility was destroyed by the Valley fire that devastated the Northern California city of Middletown this week.
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The Emergency Base Camp off Knickerbocker Road near Big Bear Village
The Emergency Base Camp off Knickerbocker Road near Big Bear Village
View from a house in the La Atalaya area after the fire.
View from a house in the La Atalaya area after the fire.
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Amanda the dog with her puppies after a house fire in Chile
Amanda the dog with her puppies after a house fire in Chile
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Scene from Fahreheit 451  6 minutes form start of the movie.
Scene from Fahreheit 451, 6 minutes form start of the movie.
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Canadian Tire store in Toronto s Leaside sets ablaze.
Canadian Tire store in Toronto's Leaside sets ablaze.
Fire in an apartment building in Aurora  Colorado killed 2.
Fire in an apartment building in Aurora, Colorado killed 2.
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Bushfire near Moyston  Victoria  Australia.
Bushfire near Moyston, Victoria, Australia.
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Massive fire engulfs Nairobi International airport forcing closure on August 7  2013.
Massive fire engulfs Nairobi International airport forcing closure on August 7, 2013.
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A view of the Colorado wildfires as seen from a resident s house
A view of the Colorado wildfires as seen from a resident's house
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Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould
Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould