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Crews battle fire in park close to Appalachian Trail, I-80

February 24, 2020

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters from federal and New Jersey agencies battled a forest fire for a second day Monday in a popular hiking area that is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway.The fire burned in New Jersey's...

Ferocious storm in Europe kills 8, causes travel disruptions

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | February 11, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Ferocious winds, with gusts over 200 kph (125 mph), lashed Corsica and whipped up a forest fire that flared overnight on the French Mediterranean island on Tuesday, after a storm with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains battered northern...

Deluge in Australia drenches fires and eases 3-year drought

By NICK PERRY | February 9, 2020

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling...

Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | February 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted...

California firefighters return from battling Australia fires

By STEFANIE DAZIO | February 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As the wildland firefighters, fresh off a long flight from Australia, strode into a Los Angeles fire station Wednesday morning, Marvin Schober got his GoPro camera ready.Schober wanted to capture his 41-year-old brother's face as...

Australian Parliament remembers victims and heroes of fires

By ROD McGUIRK | February 4, 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawmakers commemorated wildfire victims and praised the heroism of firefighters when Australia's Parliament sat on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside demanding more policy action on climate change.The usual...

Wildfires threaten Australian capital and southeast towns

By ROD McGUIRK | February 1, 2020

CANBERRA, Austrralia (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control near Australia’s national capital, Canberra, and across surrounding New South Wales state on Saturday, with endangered residents warned to prepare to evacuate.The capital region declared...

Wildfire creates state of emergency in Australian capital

By ROD McGUIRK | January 31, 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian capital region declared a state of emergency on Friday because of an out-of-control forest fire burning erratically to its south.It's the first fire emergency for the Australian Capital Territory area since...