CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2007 |
A forest fire burning in a remote area of the northeast Sierra Nevada spread Saturday but was moving away from homes in Plumas County, officials said. Smoke from the blaze continued to cause haze and health warnings hundreds of miles away -- as far as the San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. But Saturday's wind blew much of the smoke northeast toward Susanville. The Moonlight fire near Greenville expanded to 42,000 acres as wind blew the flames to the north and northeast, U.S.
August 25, 2007 |
Fires raced across dry woodlands in southern Greece on Friday, sweeping into mountainous towns and villages and killing at least 27 people, the country's deadliest forest fire toll in decades, authorities said. Fire crews searching through charred villages in the western Peloponnese region after daybreak today said they had found 21 bodies in villages near the town of Zaharo, including those of three firefighters.
August 12, 2006 |
Spanish police arrested 19 people suspected of deliberately setting forest fires in the northwestern region of Galicia, the Interior Ministry said. Detainees include two firefighters and a 73-year-old woman who has been linked to 31 fires in the last three years. Several fires started from more than one place at the same time, suggesting groups of people were acting together. An Interior Ministry spokeswoman declined to speculate on what the motive might be.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2006 |
A wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains chewed through 250 acres of juniper and pinyon pines Friday, spitting thick black smoke but remaining about eight miles east of Big Bear Lake. The Arrastre fire, named after a nearby creek, began about 1 p.m. Fueled by 10 to 15 mph winds, it was creeping east through forest as 250 firefighters, four helicopters and four tankers battled its flames. As of Friday evening, the wildfire had not threatened homes and was about 20% contained.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2006 |
As a stubborn wildfire continued to burn across the canyon lands in northeast Orange County on Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service said it would cover all firefighting costs because it accidentally started the blaze. The fire, which has changed direction several times since it broke out before dawn Monday, grew Wednesday to about 8,635 acres. More than 2,000 firefighters were working to bring it under control.
August 24, 2005 |
Aircraft from around Europe dropped water on raging forest fires in drought-stricken Portugal as firefighters and soldiers evacuated hamlets near the town of Miranda do Corvo. A civilian was killed Monday when he was struck by a firetruck while helping battle a blaze. Firefighters also found the burnt body of an elderly woman, but it was unclear how she had died, an official said.
August 16, 2005 |
Indonesia will prosecute 10 companies, eight of them Malaysian, for illegally lighting fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island that have enveloped much of Malaysia in smoke, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said. The haze, which began Aug. 2, has forced the closure of schools and workplaces and dramatically increased respiratory ailments. Farmers, plantation owners and miners on Sumatra, near Malaysia, light fires to clear land during dry weather.
August 11, 2005 |
A noxious haze blamed on forest fires in Indonesia reached dangerous levels in Kuala Lumpur and nearby areas Wednesday, closing schools, grounding some flights and keeping residents indoors. Environment Minister Adenan Satem said the haze, which appeared last week, is concentrated over the Klang Valley, home to Kuala Lumpur, the capital. "The situation is not getting better.
July 18, 2005 |
Eleven firefighters trying to extinguish a forest fire sparked by a smoldering barbecue were killed in central Spain. The charred remains of the firefighters were found together in a gully, said Rosario Arevalo, environmental chief for the central Castilla-La Mancha region where the fire occurred. Arevalo offered no further details on the deaths.