Fires

Doug Schutz, the Tomerong Rural Fire Service Captain, oversees a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, set in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Schutz began volunteering with the Rural Fire Service in New South Wales some 53 years ago, at the age of 13. That was back in the days when the fire truck was a Land Rover that towed a trailer with a water pump on top. Schutz is part of an army of 72,000 people from across the state who make up the world's largest volunteer fire service. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 09, 2020 - 7:28 pm
TOMERONG, Australia (AP) — The wildfire was behaving erratically last week, and Doug Schutz and his team needed to make a quick decision. So they moved a bulldozer from another job and used it to widen a firebreak. That likely helped prevent hundreds of homes from going up in flames. If anybody was...
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FILE - This Jan. 5, 2020 file photo shows actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio's environmental organization will donate $3 million to help the efforts toward the wildfire relief in Australia. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
January 09, 2020 - 6:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic bushfires”...
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January 09, 2020 - 12:22 pm
Leaders of advocacy groups warned lawmakers on Thursday that the fight over a failed citizenship question, the digital divide and the wording of questions on Hispanic origin and race may lead to the undercounting of some communities during the 2020 Census. The leaders from ethnic advocacy groups...
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This November 2018 image provided by NASA shows flames and smoke from the Camp Fire that erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, Calif. Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns. (NASA via AP)
January 09, 2020 - 9:24 am
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton’s house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from 14,000 houses and their contents that burned,...
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A sign is displayed beside a burned out house near Mogo, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, thanking "firies" a colloquial term for firefighters. House after house in affected areas have hung makeshift banners offering thanks to the people they call "firies." It's a far cry from how many Australians view their leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been widely ridiculed for his response to the disaster. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 09, 2020 - 1:42 am
TOMERONG, Australia (AP) — Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are forecast to escalate the danger over the next two days. The Rural Fire Service in New South Wales...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights. Some lost their phones, too. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 08, 2020 - 11:24 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were...
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Justin Kam, right, and Helena Wong survey their destroyed home at Balmoral, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, with a message to themselves written in chalk on the wall promising "We'll be back". Kam and Wong built their home with quarter-inch thick reinforced glass, steel framing and rock surrounds to protect them from Australia's notorious wildfires. But as they stayed home with their son and battled flames that soared as high as a 15-story building, they realised they were in mortal danger. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 08, 2020 - 4:12 am
BALMORAL, Australia (AP) — With flames climbing as high as a 15-story building and menacing his supposedly fireproof home on three sides, Justin Kam ran to the laundry room and opened the door. Inside was fire. That’s not supposed to happen, he thought. It was clear his family's fortress had been...
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A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 08, 2020 - 1:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark more fires before dangerous hot and windy conditions return. Around 2,...
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FILE - In a Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, Chris Hemsworth participates during a Q&A panel on day three at the Ace Comic-Con in Rosemont, Ill. Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks to help aid the efforts for the engulfing wildfires in Australia. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2020 - 7:07 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks for relief efforts as wildfires engulf Australia. Hemsworth, the Australian actor who plays Thor in the Marvel movie franchise, took to social media Monday to share that he will donate $1 million and...
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January 07, 2020 - 3:43 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday they're planning to send at least another 100 firefighters to Australia to join 159 already in the country battling wildfires that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, said that 90...
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