Tag: wildfires

L.A. Declares Emergency As 200K Evacuate SoCal Wildfires

Intense Santa Ana winds fueling powerful Southern California wildfires have forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people across the region, with some 50,000 acres affected by the blazes. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, where more than 1,000 firefighters and others are trying to contain the fires that have…

Devastating Fires Rage On In Northern California, Killing 31

Northern California is still battling a cluster of wind-fueled wildfires that have spread across wine country north of San Francisco. Authorities said Thursday that at least 31 people have died in the fires, and hundreds are still missing. At least 3,500 structures are believed to have been destroyed, and several wineries have burned to the…

At Least 11 Dead, Dozens Missing In Devastating Fires North Of SF

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an emergency proclamation for three counties north of San Francisco on Monday as firefighters struggled to contain some 25 wind-fueled blazes raging through wine country. Authorities said Tuesday that at least 11 people have died in the fires, more than 100 missing-person reports have been called in from Sonoma…

Death Toll Rises To 7 In Eastern Tennessee Wildfires [VIDEO]

Authorities in Tennessee confirmed Wednesday that at least seven people have been killed in the wildfires that have swept through Sevier County. More than 700 homes and businesses have been destroyed, and the fire has likely burned at least 15,000 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. Investigators believe the fire was caused by embers from…

At Least 3 Dead In Tennessee Wildfires [VIDEO]

At least three people have died in wildfires in eastern Tennessee, authorities said, and the death toll may rise as fires are expected to spread. The three victims were found in separate locations, all killed by the wildfires that erupted Monday, Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller told CNN. “We have not been able to get…

Gatlinburg Wildfires Force Evacuations In Tennessee – WATCH LIVE

Flames force out thousands in the Great Smokies, putting Gatlinburg and Dolly Parton’s popular mountain park in peril. Tens of thousands of residents are under mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday as wildfires narrowed in on the heart of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. The region known best as the home to country superstar Dolly Parton and her…

3 Resorts Reported Destroyed By Tennessee Wildfires [VIDEO]

At least three Gatlinburg-area resorts have been reported destroyed by wildfires raging in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. The Black Bear Falls log-cabin rental resort, Ober Gatlinburg amusement park and ski area, and the Westgate Mountain Resort & Spa were all destroyed, emergency management spokesman Dean Flener said. At least four people have been injured. The wildfires…

Man Charged With Arson for California’s Clayton Wildfire [VIDEO]

A 40-year-old man has been charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire in Northern California that destroyed 175 homes and forced mass evacuations. The suspect, identified as Damin Anthony Pashilk of Clearlake, California, faces 17 counts of arson for numerous fires he allegedly started throughout the past year. The most recent one, near Clayton…

California Wildfires Destroy Homes And Force Hundreds To Evacuate

Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Northern California that destroyed at least 175 buildings and forced about 1,400 residents to flee their lake community, authorities said Monday. The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, forcing the entire community of Lower Lake — located more than…

Death Toll May Rise in California Wildfire [VIDEO]

A deadly wildfire sweeping across California has burned 150 homes in the center of the state and killed two people, a death toll that may rise. Firefighters may have found more human remains during a search of scorched houses on Saturday. The remains were so badly burned that a forensics expert has to determine whether…

Hundreds Evacuate Wildfires in SoCal, NM

Hundreds of Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico residents have been forced to evacuate over wildfires, as temperatures threaten to reach as high as 120 degrees in the coming days. Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said the occupants of at least 400 homes and businesses were asked to evacuate in areas threatened by the California…

Fire Threatening 1,200 Homes In Central Oregon

Residents of Three Rivers subdivision have been notified to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice as a wildfire sparked by lightning continues to grow. The Akawana Fire broke out between Camp Sherman and Lake Billy Chinook about 13 miles north of Sisters Tuesday afternoon and had burned through almost 2,000 acres by Wednesday…

Canada’s Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size [VIDEO]

Authorities are concerned that the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray in western Canada could double in size by the end of Saturday. Over 88,000 people have already evacuated the area due to the blaze. Residents were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday once the fire reached city limits. Evacuees have been led in different directions by…

Canadian Wildfire Forces 80K to Evacuate [VIDEO]

Canadian authorities are evacuating tens of thousands of residents in Alberta as a massive wildfire rages around Fort McMurray, the capital of the country’s oil sands region. Some 80,000 people were forced to flee the city Tuesday as the 6,540-acre blaze destroyed homes and Alberta officials called on other provinces for help. In Edmonton, officials…

Kansas Wildfire Burns, Severe Storms Strike Indiana, Florida [VIDEO]

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history. The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of…

Thousands Evacuated From Cali Wildfires [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were forced to flee their Northern California homes Saturday as firefighters fought a new blaze. The Valley Fire grew to over 15 square miles and gave four firefighters second-degree burns. The cause of it is under investigation. Meanwhile another fire in Northern California had grown to about 101 square miles Friday night…

3 Firefighters Killed in WA Wildfire [VIDEO]

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters were killed Wednesday while battling a massive wildfire in eastern Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee said the men became trapped while battling a fire near the town of Twisp, while as many as four other firefighters were injured. The blaze quickly spread across 1,500 acres Wednesday and about 230 firefighters…

Fast-moving fire burns at 3,800 acres in California’s Napa County

A brushfire in California’s Napa County has spread more than 3,800 acres Wednesday after sparking Tuesday afternoon, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 30 percent contained. Fire officials said it isn’t currently threatening any major vineyards, but nearly 200 homes have been evacuated. Photo: A Cal Fire helicopter makes…

30 homes destroyed in Carlsbad, Calif., wildfire

A wind-driven brush fire tore through Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday, and spread over at least 100 acres and destroyed as many as 30 homes, Cal Fire said. Thousands of residences and businesses received “reverse 911” calls urging the occupants to leave, county officials said. At least six wildfires have broken out in San Diego County…

Multiple fires break out in San Diego area

At least three different fires have broken out in the San Diego area as hot temperatures and dry conditions hit the region. A fire at Camp Pendleton has led to evacuations, a Marine Corps official said. Another fire is burning in Carlsbad and a third in San Diego’s North County. [10news]

Forest fire burns through neighborhoods in Valparaiso, Chile

A forest fire burned more than 100 homes in Valparaiso, Chile, on Saturday. The fire, which prompted a red alert for the area, forced thousands of residents to evacuate. People reported minor injuries and residents were treated for smoke inhalation as the fire burned through the port city. Photo: Houses go up in flames during…

Drone Fights California Wildfire

A Predator drone is joining the 4,000 firefighters working to contain the giant 12-day-old fire in the Sierra Nevada. The California National Guard drone will fly 22-hour missions to surveil the fire, allowing officials to study its movement and view far-flung corners of the blaze. It’s not the first drone to be used in firefighting,…

Yosemite Wildfire Brings Dangerous Air Conditions With Thick Smoke

Smoke from one of California’s biggest wildfires ever is dangerously contaminating the air across both California and Nevada. The Rim Fire, which has threatened parts of Yosemite National Park, has produced a haze a mile and a quarter thick in some areas, leading authorities to urge the public to avoid any outdoor activity. ‘Unhealthful’ and…

California Wildfire Threatens 1,000 Homes

California’s Powerhouse wildfire grew overnight to 19,500 acres and now threatens around 1,000 homes. The fire has already destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings. The fire is currently at 20% containment and officials hope to have it fully contained by Wednesday. 2,000 firefighters are fighting to stop the fire’s spread. NBCLA

Wildfires Rage Across Australia Amid Blistering Heat; 100 Still Missing After Tasmania Fire

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.” Catastrophic threat level is the most severe rating. Wildfires have razed 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forests and farmland across southern…