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Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Santa Ana winds die down in California, lessening fire threat

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation blasted as "unacceptable" by the state's governor.

A million Californians without power as fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - More than a million Californians were without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday, but localized fires broke out as hot, windy conditions spread south toward Los Angeles.

California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Los Angeles - Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires.

Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions

Anchorage - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Alaska's wildfires threaten severe damage to life and property

Juneau - Take the impacts from the climate crisis, throw in an incredibly warm and dry summer - and you one of the most destructive fire seasons Alaskan's have experienced in a number of years.

Expert breaks down numbers from Amazon wildfires

As Brazil’s wildfires continue to rage, it has been widely reported that the Amazon rainforest is responsible for producing 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply. This is incorrect, according to carbon cycle expert Neal Blair.

Bolsonaro caves — Sends troops to fight Amazon rainforest fires

Bowing to increasing pressure to act from leaders around the world and protesters in the streets, President Jair Bolsonaro sent Brazil's military to fight forest fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Record number of wildfires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

A record number of wildfires are burning away large areas of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to satellite imagery provided by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Russia declares a state of emergency over Siberian wildfires

Russia has declared a state of emergency in five Siberian regions after wildfires engulfed an area of forest almost the size of Belgium amid record high temperatures as a result of the climate crisis.

So much of the Arctic is on fire, you can see it from space

Over 100 intense wildfires have ravaged the Arctic since June, with scientists describing the blazes as "unprecedented." The fires have been so intense and produced so much smoke they can be seen from space.

British Columbia's forestry sector fighting for survival

Quesnel - British Columbia's forest industry started out 2019 with several temporary closures of sawmills for between one and six weeks. Six months later, about 20 temporary (and a few permanent) closures are having a direct effect on employees and communities.

Wildfires and power cuts in Europe as heatwave breaks records

Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

Wildfires are causing chronic smoke exposure, premature death

Climate change means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across North America to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

PG&E cuts power to thousands of Californians amid wildfire threat

Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather turned very windy, dry and hot.

Scientists: Canada's wildfires are linked to the climate crisis

As another extreme fire season starts in Canada with more people on the run, scientists say they are already seeing signs that climate change is playing a role.

Fires burning out of control in Alberta linked to climate crisis

The Chuckegg Creek Fire in Northern Alberta has grown to 280,000 hectares (691,895 acres) and is just one of about 10 wildfires burning out of control in a region of the old-growth boreal forest.

The unseen impacts of climate change on mental health

Vancouver - Most of us recognize the connections between climate change and the severity of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. But there has been little focus on climate change's impact on mental health.

Wildfires break out in Britain as temperatures hit record levels

Firefighters battled a series of wildfires in Britain on Wednesday, including a large moorland blaze outside the northern English city of Manchester, as the country experienced its warmest winter weather on record.

Erin Brockovich steps in to support California wildfire victims

Environmental and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich has taken up the cause of California wildfire victims and is seeking compensation, once again, from Pacific Gas & Electric.

Op-Ed: Trump threatens to cut FEMA wildfire funds to California

President Donald Trump, unable to get his way on a wall on the Southern border, revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

California's largest utility considering filing for bankruptcy

PG&E shares fell 20 percent in after-hours trading Friday after it was reported the utility had been considering bankruptcy or selling off its natural gas division in a plan to cover liability costs and avoid bankruptcy.

New report shows damaging climate change impact on U.S.

A U.S. government report assesses how climate change is wreaking havoc across the US. In terms of the future, this signals further damaging wildfires, more storms of intense rain, and more coastal flooding at high tides.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.

James Woods turns Twitter feed into 'bulletin board' for fire aid

The unprecedented ferocity of California's wildfires has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres, thousands of structures and the loss of many lives. Despite all this, the flame of human kindness is alive with the help of social media.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.
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NASA s TERRA satellite images on July 1  2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
NASA's TERRA satellite images on July 1, 2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
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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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Families near a wildfire prepare to evacuate their homes while firemen with their truck is down the road battling the blaze.
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
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Indian Lake Estates fire on April 21  2017. The blazes came dangerously close to many homes.
Indian Lake Estates fire on April 21, 2017. The blazes came dangerously close to many homes.
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There hasn t been nearly as much focus on the impact that climate change is having on some people s ...
There hasn't been nearly as much focus on the impact that climate change is having on some people's mental health.
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As wildfires along the west coast of the United States continue to burn  fire-fighting resources are...
As wildfires along the west coast of the United States continue to burn, fire-fighting resources are quickly being depleted and new evacuations were spurred Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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NASA s snapshot of the world on fire. 
Nothing summarizes the current state of the world s fires mu...
NASA's snapshot of the world on fire. Nothing summarizes the current state of the world's fires much like NASA's snapshot of Earth's aerosols.
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A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total nu...
A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total number of people evacuated is still not known.
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Image of Thomas Fire near Hwy 150 and Hwy 126  north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) on December 7  ...
Image of Thomas Fire near Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) on December 7, 2017.
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The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is still uncontained.
The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is still uncontained.
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A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on hous...
A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on houses near Del Dios Highway on May 15, 2014 near San Marcos, California
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Location of study area and weather stations used for CFWIS indices. (b) Ecozones in study area and grid points used for predictor fields. AB, BC, and SK are the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan and NWT. CC License: Attrition, no deriv.
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