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Are birds keeping wildfires in northern Australia going?

Humans aren't the only creatures on Earth that have learned to use fire as a tool. Two species of birds may be purposely starting wildfires in Australia to force their prey out of hiding.

Op-Ed: Are you ready to choose the last generation?

All parents love their children. And every grandparent falls in love with their grandkids. Which generation are you willing to kill?

Wildfires intensify in Siberia

Moscow - Wildfires raging through Siberia intensified on Wednesday as thousands of emergency workers battled to tackle the blazes, officials said.

Wildfires in Canada prompt evacuations and air quality advisories

Canada's fire season broke out early this year, with wildfires popping up in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Alberta in late May. As the season continues, large swaths of western Canada and the U.S. have been blanketed with hazy smoke.

Alaska wildfires 'human-caused' — Resources stretched thin

An Alaska wildfire along a main highway between Achorage and Fairbanks grew by a thousand acres on Wednesday. The Sockeye fire, named for a street in Willow where it started on Sunday, has now blackened 12 square miles.

New wildfire study says we must learn to coexist or perish

Smokey the bear, the U.S. Forestry Service's well known icon has always told the public, "Only you can prevent forest fires." But after researchers conducted a three continent study on wildfires, the consensus of opinion may be that Smokey is wrong.

Woman sparks 51,000 acre wildfire to help bored firefighters

An Oregon women admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer because her firefighter friends were bored and needed some work.

High temperatures in B.C. and Alberta stoke additional wildfires

Another week of no rain and above average temperatures is being forecast for British Columbia and Alberta this week as wildfires continue to ravage the woodlands. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center reports about 60 wildfires being fought today.

A new 'super-sized' soot particle found in wildfire emissions

Scientists have been trying to quantify the impact of wildfire soot particles on climate change and human health for years. Every year, wildfires consume millions of acres of land, emitting 34 percent of the total global soot mass into the atmosphere.

Nuclear waste removal from Los Alamos delayed by safety concerns

Los Alamos - On Friday the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would be unable to meet a June 30 deadline for removing drums of nuclear waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico because of safety concerns over the radiological materials.

Federal budget to fight wildfires is over $400 million short

A new report released on Friday by the Department of Agriculture projects spending by the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to fight wildfires this year will exceed the $1.4 billion authorized by Congress by over $400 million.

Are U.S. wildfires fuelled by climate change?

Some new research suggests that climate change has triggered some of the larger and more destructive wildfires that are scorching vast areas of the American West.

Smoke over northern Spain from North American wildfires

Stunning images from NASA's Terra satellite captured on Wednesday and Thursday show smoke plumes over Spain and the western Mediterranean, which they think has come from wildfires in Canada.

Californian wildfires burn toxic pesticides

Los Angeles - Residents in Southern California have been warned not to breathe in the smoke caused by massive wildfires which have broken out across a huge swathe of countryside.

Fires rage across Scottish highlands

Fort William - Firefighters have spent the Easter weekend battling a number of fires in the Scottish highlands. It is believed some of the fires may have been started deliberately.

Wildfires destroy 75 houses in Chile, about 600 people evacuated

Santiago - Dozens of homes were destroyed in Valparaiso, Chile, by wildfires that propagated out of control along several sections of the densely populated hills of the city; about 600 people were affected and evacuated to emergency shelters.

Fire on Canary Island 'Arson'

The Canary Island of La Gomera has lost 11% of its surface area to wildfires in recent weeks as a result of what one official has described as 'environmental terrorism'.

Wildfires hit Canary islands

It's the height of the tourist season and the Canary Islands have suffered another blow. This time its wildfires that have broken out on Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera.

Video: Wildfires in Utah spark off debates over gun rights

Salt Lake City - Authorities in Utah say that firearm use is causing too many wildfires. Two years ago firearm use reportedly caused 20 wildfires. Last year the number was 24. This year, officials say there have been 19 wildfires linked to firearm use.

Massive Arizona wildfires consume thousands of acres

Four massive wildfires burning in central Arizona have scorched thousands of acres, leaving a nasty cloud of smoke hanging over much of the state and surrounding area.

Six firefighters killed in forest fire in Chile, arson suspected

Temuco - Six firefighters were killed and two were seriously burned while fighting a forest fire in the Araucania region in Chile; another worker is still missing. Authorities believe arson is involved.

TopFinds: Honoring 9/11 victims, wildfires ravage Texas

Arkansas honours its 9/11 victim with American flags. Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes in Texas. What happened to a police officer caught having sex on the hood of a car? These are the top stories making headlines.

Canadian troops help more than 2,500 evacuate Ontario wildfires

Thunder Bay - Northern Ontario is under siege from wildfires, threatening communities like Sandy Lake and Kingfisher Lake. On Wednesday, Canadian Forces helped people from 14 communities in the area escape.

Fireworks ban in effect in Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona

Austin - Most of Texas will be celebrating the Fourth of July without the rockets red glare or pyrotechnics bursting in the air, after fireworks bans went into effect in the majority of the state where wildfires have claimed over three million acres

Wildfires in Arizona burn out of control

Causing evacuation and threatening transmission lines, wildfires in Arizona continue to burn out of control almost two weeks after igniting. As of Wednesday more than 600 square miles have been consumed, according to reports from the area.

Thousands flee fire to temporary evacuation centers in Alberta Special

Athabasca - Thousands of Slave Lake residents have fled their fire ravaged town, to temporary evacuation centers in Athabasca, Westlock, Boyle and Edmonton.

Slave Lake Alberta burning, many other wildfires across Alberta Special

Slave Lake - As of May 15, the community of Slave Lake in northern Alberta was put under mandatory evacuation order, due to out-of-control wildfires burning near the town.

Oasis wildfire in Texas hill country under control Special

Junction - The Oasis wildfire in the Texas hill country, scorching more than 10,000 acres, has finally reached 90 percent containment, leaving in its wake exhausted firefighters, parched earth, a few remaining hot spots, and a revived can-do community spirit.

Obama rejects Texas’ request for wildfire disaster declaration

Austin - After a fire burned more than 2.2 million acres of land in the parched state of Texas, President Obama has denied the state’s request of a federal disaster declaration, forcing leading politicians to issue strong statements over the US leader’s decisi

Texas wildfires lead gov to role reversal, now seeks federal aid

Austin - After repeatedly declaring he wants the US government to keep out of the affairs of Texans, governor Rick Perry recently sent a letter to President Obama requesting more federal resources, including money, to fight the worst wildfires in state history.
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Saskatchewan wildfires have prompted  evacuations and an air quality alert.
Saskatchewan wildfires have prompted evacuations and an air quality alert.
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Cascade Complex  Idaho  2007.
Photo taken: Sep 11  2007
Cascade Complex, Idaho, 2007. Photo taken: Sep 11, 2007
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A Florida Department of Forestry firefighter bulldozing a path in the are that is on fire. These fir...
A Florida Department of Forestry firefighter bulldozing a path in the are that is on fire. These firefighters, as seen in this image, will push the fire out of their way as they create paths to get fire equipment in to fight the fire deeper than can be done from the road.
North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the wo...
North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the woods, lays down some water & chemicals at the edge of a road to keep the fire that's heading his way from jumping over the road.
Raging wildfires in Saskatchewan  B.C. and Alberta  Canada  along with wildfires in Alaska and other...
Raging wildfires in Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta, Canada, along with wildfires in Alaska and other northwestern U.S. states have led to air quality advisories.
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A State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said that twenty-three large fires  man...
A State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said that twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California, some 8,000 firefighters attempting to subdue them. August 1, 2015.
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A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15  2014 in San Marcos...
A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California
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Canada s wildfires have colored the sky and the water in surreal shades of grays  oranges and reds.
Canada's wildfires have colored the sky and the water in surreal shades of grays, oranges and reds.
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The smoke from one of the fires and the heat of the flames distort the sun and almost blots it out.
The smoke from one of the fires and the heat of the flames distort the sun and almost blots it out.
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Screen shot of charred remains of a wildfire in the County of Lamont April 20  2016. It consumed two...
Screen shot of charred remains of a wildfire in the County of Lamont April 20, 2016. It consumed two homes on Monday evening; two firefighters were injured battling the blaze
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Alberta wildfires burn out of control.
Alberta wildfires burn out of control.
A brushfire quickly spread towards this house where children were playing in the driveway. The paren...
A brushfire quickly spread towards this house where children were playing in the driveway. The parents grabbed their children and evacuated the house, as evident by the toys still on the front yard. The fire department was able to stop the fire from spreading to the home, saving it from burning.
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in s...
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
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The town of Middleton  California was nearly destroyed by  the valley Fire.
The town of Middleton, California was nearly destroyed by the valley Fire.
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Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
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Families near a wildfire prepare to evacuate their homes while firemen with their truck is down the ...
Families near a wildfire prepare to evacuate their homes while firemen with their truck is down the road battling the blaze.
Wildfire potential for September 2015.
Wildfire potential for September 2015.
National Interagency Fire Center
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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