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.
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.
A study led by Indian-origin researcher Rajan Chakrabarty has found a previously unrecognised form of soot particle, identified by the authors as "superaggregates", from wildfire emissions, offering new insights into global climate study.
A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park in central California threatened more than 100 homes on Tuesday as it raged out of control in brush left bone dry by severe drought, state fire officials said.
A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes, but so far only one mobile home burned as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state.
Australian fire crews stepped up containment efforts around several major wildfires Sunday with the weather forecast to deteriorate and officials warning of "unparalleled" danger from the worst conditions in 40 years.