Wildfires

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August 22, 2019 - 1:41 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As fires raged in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government on Thursday denounced international critics who say President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb massive deforestation. The growing threat to what some call "the lungs of the planet" has ignited a bitter...
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This satellite image provided by NASA on Aug. 13, 2019 shows several fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon forest. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year. (NASA via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 3:27 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for...
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In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol is the scene where a jet burst into flames after aborting a takeoff Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Oroville, Calif. Officials say a small jet burst into flames while trying to take off from a small Northern California airport, but all 10 people on board escaped injury. The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon Wednesday. The aircraft slid off the end of the runway into the grass and caught fire. The plane was flying from Oroville to Portland International Airport in Oregon. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 2:17 pm
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, firefighters battle the Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood in Contra Costa County, Calif. California fire officials say acreage burned so far in 2019 is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 19, 2019 - 6:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is not burning. At least not as much as it has in recent years. Acreage burned through Sunday is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years and down 95% from last year, according to statistics from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The...
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A helicopter operates over a wildfire in Canary Islands, Spain, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. A wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands threw flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air and has forced emergency services to evacuate more than 8,000 people, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Arturo Jimenez)
August 19, 2019 - 9:37 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the local fire department as "a monster" — was...
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August 18, 2019 - 2:39 am
MADRID (AP) — Authorities on Spain's Canary Islands say around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago. At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working Sunday to tackle...
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August 16, 2019 - 6:03 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined...
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An airplane drops water over a wildfire near Halkida town on the Greek island of Evia, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
August 14, 2019 - 3:09 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Water-dropping planes and helicopters resumed flights at first light Wednesday over a major wildfire burning through a protected nature reserve on the Greek island of Evia, where hundreds of people had been evacuated from four villages and a monastery. The aircraft were...
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August 13, 2019 - 2:04 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft are battling a wildfire on an island north of Athens that has left the Greek capital blanketed in smoke. Tuesday's blaze on the island of Evia was burning through a nature reserve in a thick pine forest where access by...
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Firefighters approach a wildfire at Elafonisos island, south of Peloponnese peninsula, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. A wildfire which broke out on Elafonisos island in southern Greece on Saturday has prompted the evacuation of a hotel and camping as a precautionary measure, with no injuries reported, according to Greek national news agency AMNA. (AP Photo/Nikolia Apostolou)
August 11, 2019 - 4:33 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A tourist camp and nearby houses on the island of Elafonisos, in southern Greece, have been evacuated for the second day in a row as a wildfire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds. Authorities had pronounced the fire "under control" Saturday night, but...
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