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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.

Wildfire forces holidaymakers to flee Spanish beach hotel

Madrid - Firefighters on Wednesday tamed a wind-fuelled wildfire that forced roughly 400 mainly German holidaymakers to be evacuated from their beach hotel on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, officials said.

Ft McMurray wildfires costliest disaster in Canada history: insurers

Montr - Wildfires in Canada's oil city of Fort McMurray this year caused CAN $3.58 billion ($2.75 billion USD) in damages, making it the country's costliest disaster ever, according to estimates from insurers on Thursday.

Six killed, 28 hurt in Taiwan nursing home fire

Taipei - A fire that tore through a nursing home killed six people and injured another 28 in Taiwan on Wednesday.Television footage showed elderly people being evacuated from the facility, some in clothes blackened by smoke.

Russia finds remains of crashed firefighter plane, no survivors

Moscow - Russian firefighters on Sunday found the remains of a crashed plane that went missing Friday with ten people on board while putting out wildfires in Siberia.

California fire destroys 80 buildings, closes highways

Los Angeles - A fast-spreading fire in central California has destroyed at least 80 buildings and is threatening 1,500 more, prompting the evacuation of 10 neighborhoods, the authorities said Thursday night.

Cyprus brings deadly wildfire under control

Nicosia - Cyprus finally brought a massive wildfire under control on Thursday after a five-day battle that saw two firefighters killed and five foreign governments send aircraft to help, a minister said.

Aircraft from Britain and Greece join Cyprus firefight

Nicosia - Aircraft from Britain and Greece have joined Cypriot firefighters in a battle to control some of the worst forest fires to have hit the island in years, officials said Monday.

Dead trees, dry earth: Western U.S. a tinderbox

Los Angeles - Tens of millions of dead trees, record temperatures in June and persistent drought can only mean one thing for the American West this fire season: it's going to be a tinderbox.

'Ramadan row' behind fire at German refugee shelter

Berlin - A quarrel over meal times during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely sparked an arson attack that destroyed a German refugee shelter, said a report Thursday quoting prosecutors.

Hundreds left homeless after Sri Lanka depot blast

Colombo - Hundreds of Sri Lankans have been left homeless after explosions at an ammunition depot on the edge of Colombo flattened houses and killed a soldier, an official said Tuesday.

Thousands flee Sri Lanka ammunition depot explosions

Colombo - A series of explosions rocked a military ammunition depot on the edge of Sri Lanka's capital into Monday, sparking huge fires and forcing thousands to flee as debris fell into populated neighbourhoods.

First residents return to fire-ravaged Canadian city

Fort Mcmurray - The first convoys of weary, anxious residents returned to wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray on Wednesday, a month after they were forced to flee the Canadian oil city due to the inferno.

17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire

Mumbai - A fire at a massive military ammunition depot on Tuesday killed at least 17 people and injured 19 more in central India, officials said.

Ukraine blaze kills 17 in elderly care home

- Seventeen people died when an unlicenced home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, a fresh tragedy to shake the conflict-riven country.

17 girls killed in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

Bangkok - Seventeen girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, with a survivor describing fleeing as flames engulfed the building.

Evacuation lifted for oil sites threatened by Canada fires

Montr - Officials have lifted the evacuation order for several oil production sites north of Fort McMurray, the city threatened by massive Canadian wildfires, but stopped short of allowing production to resume.

Fort McMurray fire contained, but smoke delays oil production restart

Ottawa - Firefighters have contained a massive wildfire in Canada's oil sands region, but thick smoke Friday continued to prevent a resumption of most oil production.

Fort McMurray homecoming set for June

Ottawa - Tens of thousands of evacuees from the wildfire-ravaged Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray received word Wednesday that they can return home next month if conditions are favorable.

Canada wildfires destroy oil workers' lodge

Ottawa - Growing wildfires threatened Canada's oil sands region on Tuesday, destroying a remote lodge used to house hundreds of industry workers and forcing thousands at other facilities to be evacuated.

Spanish tyre fire 'could take 10 more days to extinguish'

Madrid - It could take another 10 days to put out a huge fire at a tyre dump near Madrid, regional authorities said Monday, though residents have already been allowed to return to the area.

Residents near Madrid return home as toxic tyre blaze controlled

Madrid - Spanish authorities allowed residents near a giant tyre dump blaze to return home Saturday, saying that the risk from toxic fumes billowing from the rubber heap had reduced although the fire had yet to be extinguished.

Huge tyre dump fire near Madrid releases toxic cloud

Madrid - A huge waste ground near Madrid where millions of tyres have been dumped was on fire Friday, releasing a thick black cloud of toxic fumes that officials worry could harm nearby residents.

Canadian oil hub works to restore power, eyes resuming full oil output

Fort Mcmurray - Crews worked Tuesday to start restoring water and electricity in this Canadian petroleum hub crippled by huge forest fires, as officials said stalled oil production could resume in days.
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