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After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system

Last year, some residents of California’s Sonoma County failed to get timely notice of an approaching wildfire that killed 17 people after authorities, concerned about traffic becoming snarled along evacuation routes, decided not to notify everyone at once

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August 9, 2018


At least 20 killed in Greek wildfires

Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, Tzanakopoulos said, while searches for further victims continued

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July 24, 2018


Insured losses from deadly California wildfires could hit $3 billion

NEWS DESK: Insured property losses from wildfires that raged through Northern California wine country this month, killing at least 42 people and destroying thousands of businesses and homes, could total $2 billion to $3 billion, a risk-modeling firm said on Thursday, reported Reuters. The analysis by Boston-based AOR Worldwide, encompassing anticipated claims for destroyed residences,…

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October 27, 2017


Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires

Portugal’s interior minister has been replaced amid criticism over the government’s handling of a series of deadly forest fires that have killed more than 100 people in four months. Constanca Urbano de Sousa handed her resignation to socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa Wednesday, bowing to increasing political pressure as the death toll mounted. “After this…

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October 19, 2017


Wildfires kill 39 in Portugal and Spain

At least 36 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia. The 36 deaths, which were confirmed by Portugal’s national civil protection agency and included a…

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October 17, 2017


California fire toll rises to 40

SANTA ROSA: The death toll from California’s wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home.

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October 16, 2017


Death toll rises to 31 in California wildfires, hundreds missing

SONOMA, Calif.: Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against wildfires that have killed at least 31 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations in the heart of the state’s wine country, reported Reuters. The death toll, revised upward by eight on Thursday, marked the greatest loss of life from…

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October 13, 2017


21 dead in ‘catastrophic’ California wildfires

SANTA ROSA: More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless. “This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” California fire chief Ken Pimlott told reporters. “We’re not going to be…

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October 12, 2017


Raging wildfires leave 15 dead in California

Santa Rosa: Firefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes. “The homes are gone, they are like dust,” said Jack Dixon, a personal trainer who lives in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 in Sonoma County. “It…

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October 11, 2017


Italy heatwave and drought spark killer wildfires

ROME: A heatwave that has left Italy sweltering in record temperatures sparked wildfires Thursday which claimed the life of one elderly woman and forced the closure of a major highway.

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August 4, 2017


Israeli settlers flee as West Bank wildfires spread

Wildfires near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have forced hundreds to flee their homes, after mass evacuations in Israel and more than a dozen arrests, police said Saturday. Israeli and Palestinian firefighters, helped by foreign aircraft, have been battling dozens of bush blazes fed by drought and high winds that have seen tens…

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November 26, 2016


Massive wildfires tear across Israel

Wildfires tore across central and northern Israel on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee the city of Haifa, as leaders blamed arsonists for some of the blazes and branded them terrorists. Television pictures showed a wall of flames raging through central neighborhoods of Israel’s third largest city. Firefighters dowsed a petrol station…

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November 26, 2016


Australian wildfires kill one, destroy 100 homes near Sydney

SYDNEY: Wildfires claimed one life and destroyed at least 100 homes near Sydney, Australia's biggest city, after forcing thousands to evacuate their homes, and authorities warned on Friday more homes could be lost as fires burned out of control.Fuelled by unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds, 100 fires were still burning in New South Wales…

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October 18, 2013


Sun bathers, reptiles emerge in Alaska heat as wildfires spread

ANCHORAGE: With a heat wave gripping Alaska, strange things have been happening under the midnight sun.Anchorage residents, who a month ago shivered through an unseasonably cold spring and a surprise May snowstorm, have donned swimsuits and depleted stores of fans to ward off record heat in the state's largest city.Temperatures have run as much as…

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June 22, 2013


Wildfires threaten homes in northern Washington

WASHINGTON: Wildfires burning across the northern Rockies threatened hundreds of homes on Monday in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, while firefighters in Washington state scrambled to battle scores of blazes sparked by weekend lightning storms across the eastern Cascades.No injuries were reported across the four western states on Monday. Hundreds of people have been displaced by…

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September 11, 2012


US wildfires still rage, destroy 60 homes in Washington

OLYMPIA: Firefighters battled wildfires across the West on Tuesday, including a massive out-of-control blaze that has destroyed at least 60 homes and burned more than 28,000 acres between two national forests in Washington state.Another 400 homes were evacuated in the rolling hills between the northwest Washington towns of Cle Elum and Ellensburg, at the eastern…

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August 15, 2012


Colorado wildfires worsen, 32,000 flee homes

COLORADO SPRINGS: A wildfire raging near some of Colorado's most popular tourist sites took a turn for the worse on Tuesday as it forced 32,000 people from their homes, prompted evacuations on the grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy and swallowed homes at the edge of Colorado Springs.The Waldo Canyon Fire, which has roared…

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June 27, 2012


Colorado wildfires force evacuations in US west

LOS ANGELES: Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in the western US state of Colorado, authorities said.The latest blaze broke out Saturday in Waldo Canyon national park, west of Colorado Springs, spreading out over 2,000 acres (800 hectares), according to officials.Authorities said 1,050 homes were evacuated in areas around Waldo Canyon,…

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June 25, 2012


Over 1000 homes destroyed in Texas wildfires

TEXAS: One of the most devastating wildfire outbreaks in Texas history left more than 1,000 homes in ruins on Tuesday and stretched the state's firefighting ranks to the limit. More than 180 fires have erupted in the past week across the rain-starved Lone Star State, and nearly 600 of the homes destroyed since then were…

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September 7, 2011


Israel struggles to contain deadly wildfires

TIRAT CARMEL: Firefighting aircraft from four countries flew into Israel on Friday to help battle a huge forest fire close to the northern city of Haifa that has killed at least 40 people and forced mass evacuations. Badly needed assistance also was due to arrive from several other states during the day as Israel struggled…

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December 3, 2010


Thousands flee western Canadian wildfires

VANCOUVER: Emergency crews made slow progress on Sunday to contain wildfires that have forced thousands of residents of a western Canadian community to flee their homes. Wind and dry conditions were fueling the large blazes that broke out Saturday in the rugged hills along Okanagan Lake west of the city of Kelowna, British Columbia, where…

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July 19, 2009

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