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Portugal Records Its Fewest Summer Wildfires in 10 years

Portugal wildfire

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal has so far this year recorded its lowest number of wildfires since 2011, and the blazes have claimed no lives since more than 100 people died in 2017, authorities said Friday. More than 80% of ...

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CA Fires Threatening Sequoias Continue to Grow

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled fast-growing forest fires threatening giant sequoias and small communities in the Sierra Nevada on Monday and worked to fully surround a suspected arson wildfire that destroyed homes last week. More than 2,000 ...

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Crews Make Progress on CA Fire That Has Displaced Thousands

Firefighter at Fawn Fire in California

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a forest fire that displaced thousands of people and destroyed more than 100 buildings near Shasta Lake in Northern California. Lighter winds and cooler temperatures slowed the Fawn ...

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PG&E Charged in CA Wildfire Last Year That Killed Four

house burns in Zogg fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is ...

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Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest Unscathed by Wildfire

Firefighter trains a hoseline on sequoia

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. ...

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CA Firefighters Scramble to Protect Sequoia Groves

Helicopter drop near sequoia trees

By NOAH BERGER Associated Press THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Flames on Sunday reached a grove of sequoia trees in California as firefighters battled to keep fire from driving further into another grove, where the base of the world’s largest ...

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Aluminum Wrap Used to Protect Homes from CA Wildfires

Foil wrap for California wildfires

By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Martin Diky said he panicked as a huge wildfire started racing down a slope toward his wooden house near Lake Tahoe. The contractor had enough time to do some quick research ...

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Firefighters Struggling to Save CA Giant Sequoias

A member of the Roosevelt Hotshot Crew clears a firebreak

By NOAH BERGER and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires ...

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Firefighters Advance on Fire That Shut CA Highway

Castaic fire

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were making progress on a wildfire that jumped across a Southern California freeway and spread across dry hillsides while a new blaze forced residents of a Northern California community to evacuate. The fire broke out ...

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Fire Crews in Spain Face ‘Complex’ Wildfire for Fifth Day

Forest firefighters work on a wildfire near the town of Jubrique

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Firefighting crews in southern Spain are looking at the sky for much-needed rainfall expected on Monday and that they hope can help extinguish a major wildfire that has ravaged 7,700 hectares (19,000 ...

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