Firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfires

 A firefighter died while battling one of the 18 large wildfires raging in California, its governor said Friday, declaring a state of emergency.

Dozens evacuated after wildfires blaze in Croatia

 At least 50 people were evacuated due to wildfires that have been raging for days in Croatia`s southern Adriatic coastal area.

Greece beats back wildfires as one body found

 Firefighters in Greece on Saturday succeeded in bringing two large wildfires in Athens and the Peloponnese under control, but an off-duty police officer is believed to have died in the flames.

Air pollution from wildfires may harm the heart

Air pollution from wildfires may increase risk of cardiac arrests, and other sudden acute heart problems, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Firefighters battle major blazes as US West faces more heat
Firefighters battle major blazes as US West faces more heat

 Firefighters in Alaska, Oregon and drought-hit California on Monday fought several massive wildfires that have blackened swathes of overheated U.S. West Coast states, as crews braced for warmer temperatures later this week, officials said.

Huge Siberia wildfires kill 17

Seventeen people died and more than 460 sought medical treatment after wildfires blamed on adults who had "played with matches" swept through Siberia, authorities said on Monday.

Chile wildfires damage unique flora, fauna

Massive wildfires raging in drought-stricken southern Chile have wiped out hundreds of plant species, and are now threatening animal life and a national park as well, officials warned Saturday.

Dale Steyn praises firefighters for saving Cape Town home
Dale Steyn praises firefighters for saving Cape Town home

South African spearhead Dale Steyn praised firefighters who saved his Cape Town mountain home from the devastating flames which have engulfed one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

Australia wildfires kill firefighter, raze two homes

A firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian spring wildfires, officials said on Saturday.

Emergency declared in two California counties hit by wildfires

A state of emergency has been declared by the Governor of California in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties where wildfires have burned tens of thousands of acres, as per reports in foreign dailies.

Climate change could 'fundamentally alter' US forests

Wildfires, insects and drought are crippling forests in the western United States' iconic Rocky Mountains, scientists warned today, urging more efforts to stop global warming.

Australia firefighters start to gain upper hand

Firefighters in Australia took advantage of lighter winds on Friday to get on top of a nine-day bushfire emergency as officials said the military could be liable for compensation after starting one of the worst blazes.

Australia minister cites Wikipedia to dismiss bushfire-climate link

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt has played down links between the country`s bushfire disaster and climate change after he "looked up what Wikipedia said".

Al Gore wades into Australia bushfire debate, slams Tony Abbott

Environmental activist Al Gore has likened Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott`s insistence that wildfires are not linked to climate change to the tobacco industry claiming smoking does not cause lung cancer.

Global warming linked to wildfires: UN climate chief

Wildfires are "absolutely" linked to global warming and increasingly intense heatwaves, the UN climate chief has said, as bushfires burned out of control in Australia.

Wildfires add more to global warming than earlier believed

A new study suggests that wildfires contribute more to global warming than it was earlier predicted.

Charcoal from wildfires pouring copiously into oceans via rivers

Wild fires not only destroy millions of trees each year but the residue is transported to the sea by rivers which penetrates the carbon cycle, a recent study has revealed.

Southeast Australia battles ‘catastrophic’ wildfires

Southeast Australia was bracing for "catastrophic" fire conditions in several areas amid frantic efforts by fire officials to douse wildfires spread across the region.

Wildfires darkening snowpack, increasing melting in Greenland

Satellite observations have revealed the first direct evidence of smoke from Arctic wildfires drifting over the Greenland ice sheet.

Wildfires kill 339,000 people per year: Study

Wildfires, peat fires and controlled burns on farming lands kill 339,000 people worldwide each year, said a study released that is the first to estimate a death toll for landscape fires.