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November 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Forestry officials used helicopters and a bomber to drop water and fire retardant on about 6,300 burning acres, mostly the work of arsonists, primarily in southeastern Tennessee. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to provide financial assistance to Tennessee to battle the fires, which grew with dry, windy conditions continuing and no rain predicted. State officials requested assistance in battling multiple wildfires in Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, Polk and Sequatchie counties.
September 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
A San Diego firefighter received a commendation Saturday for quick action that may have spared an inmate working on the Williams fire in Angeles National Forest from severe burns. James Jones, 27, a U.S. Forest Service firefighter based in the Cleveland National Forest, got his award in the early morning hours, then left for the fire lines on what has become a soggy, fading blaze.
December 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Colorado State University say forest fires probably contributed to periods of haze in Yosemite National Park this year. In a three-month survey of air quality, researchers measuring fine particles found high concentrations of organic carbons, and concluded that they probably came from forest fires in Oregon and Southern California this summer.
November 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Some of the forest fires that have burned across more than 100,000 acres of eastern Kentucky this year may have been set by marijuana growers clearing their plots, authorities said. That's just one explanation authorities have offered for the alarming number of arson fires in Kentucky's Appalachian region this year. About 200 forest fires have been set in the last two weeks, 23 on Monday alone.
September 23, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 1,200 Malaysian firefighters are expected in Sumatra today to help fight forest fires blamed for a smoky haze that has shrouded much of Southeast Asia for weeks, an Indonesian minister said. Speaking after a meeting with President Suharto, Coordinating Minister for Public Welfare Azwar Anas also told reporters that Malaysia will provide three C-130 aircraft to seed clouds to induce rain to douse the fires.
August 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
May 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 23 people died battling forest fires in central Mexico, including 19 volunteers who burned to death trying to save their village from the flames, officials said. Authorities evacuated more than 500 people from the village of Texocuixpan, about 90 miles east of Mexico City, officials said. Twelve people were reported missing. As many as 600 volunteer firefighters were battling the blaze, which witnesses said began Friday.
August 16, 1994 | Associated Press
Residents fled two small vacation communities Monday as wind-driven forest fires in central Idaho menaced their homes and their routes to safety. The Corral Fire was fewer than six miles west of the resort of Burgdorf Hot Springs and the Blackwell Complex of fires was only seven miles southwest of the summer homes in Secesh Meadows. The two communities are about 130 miles north of Boise.
September 25, 1987 | From Reuters
Thick columns of smoke from major forest fires have shrouded much of the island of Borneo and hampered aviation since the beginning of the month, Indonesia's official Antara news agency reported Thursday. Smoke obscured most of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, the National Meteorological and Geophysics Bureau reported. Reporters flying over the world's third largest island in a helicopter last week counted 37 fires as the region baked under a drought.
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