More than 1,400 homes destroyed in California fires

More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires currently burning in California, officials said Sunday, making them among the worst ever in the state.

The death toll rose to six after a person was killed in a new fire south of Monterrey.

Wildfires threaten California`s treasured Sequoias

Wildfires sweeping across California are threatening the US state`s famed Sequoia trees, with firefighters scrambling to protect the national treasures.

At least 400 California homes consumed by fire, toll seen climbing

A Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has claimed one life and burned at least 400 homes to the ground, fire officials reported on Monday, saying they expected the property toll to climb.

Thousands flee California wildfire as homes go up in flames

A swiftly spreading wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee as it roared unchecked through the northern California village of Middletown and nearby communities, fire officials said on Sunday.

Spain wildfire forces more evacuations
Spain wildfire forces more evacuations

A wildfire that officials suspect was started deliberately forced the evacuation of a third town in western Spain on Saturday, officials said.

Spain wildfire forces evacuation of 1,400 people

A wildfire raging in western Spain on Friday forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from towns and campsites, officials said.

California brings in reinforcements to fight wildfires

Crews battling 23 tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements on Tuesday and girded for weather that could ignite more blazes.

Fires spread as thousands battle blazes across California
Fires spread as thousands battle blazes across California

More than 9,000 firefighters are battling to contain nearly two dozen wildfires in California that have forced thousands to flee their homes and burned large swathes of land.

California wildfires spread to 54,000 acres
California wildfires spread to 54,000 acres

 Massive wildfires in California state have spread across 54,000 acres west of capital Sacramento, the media reported on Monday.

Wildfire sweeps across California highway

A fast-moving wildfire torched at least 20 cars and five houses as it swept across the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, the media reported on Saturday.

Canada wildfires displace nearly 7,000

Nearly 7,000 people in Canada`s Alberta province have been evacuated from the path of wildfires which threaten to ravage homes and businesses, including oil refineries in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Chernobyl wildfire controlled: Ukraine

 Firefighters have brought under control a forest fire near Ukraine`s Chernobyl plant, scene of the world`s worst nuclear accident in 1986, the emergency services said on Wednesday.

Russian TV channel admits reporter dropped butt at wildfire scene

 A Russian state television reporter dropped a lit cigarette butt at the scene of raging wildfires in Siberia, sparking a fire in grass a few metres from a village, his channel said on Thursday.

Siberia wildfire kills five with scores hurt

Five people died and scores were injured when a wildfire caused by the burning of dry grass swept through southern Siberia, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents, Russian officials said.

Chile wildfire reported contained; many evacuees return home

A wildfire burning near the Pacific ports of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar was contained but still a threat, authorities said, as many of 7,000 people who had been evacuated began returning home.

Survivors of Australian bushfire get $235 mn in biggest class action

Survivors of one of Australia`s deadliest wildfires won compensation of AUD 300 million (USD 235 million) in a pre-trial settlement on Friday, bringing to a close the country`s costliest series of class action lawsuits.

Australian firefighters battle to contain worst wildfires in 30 years

Hundreds of firefighters are battling to contain Australia`s worst wildfires in 30 years as the danger is expected to rise with soaring temperatures and changing winds on Wednesday. 

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of a day-old wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes.

Fighter jet clicks massive `fire cloud`

A fighter jet has taken some stunning pictures of a huge "fire cloud" above California where wild-fires have been burning for days.

Northern California wildfire destroys 10 homes

Firefighters in Northern California today battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.