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PICS: Death Toll Rises as Wildfires Ravage Greek Coast

RAFINA, Greece (AP) — The death toll from twin wildfires that raged through Greek seaside areas looked set to increase to around 50 Tuesday after rescue crews reported finding the bodies of more than 20 people huddled closely together near a beach northeast of the capital, Athens.

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Man Burning American Flag Blanket Starts Wildfire

A man in the state of Washington who burned an American flag blanket over the Memorial Day weekend ended up starting a five-acre wildfire, according to local authorities.

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Obama Threatened to Cut Off California Wildfire Funding in 2016

With celebrities blaming Donald Trump for the recent wildfire outbreaks in California, it is worth remembering that the Obama administration threatened to cut off funding to fight California wildfires in 2016 over a billing dispute.

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Drought Again? National Weather Service Says La Niña Likely

The National Weather Service predicts a 55 to 65 percent chance of a La Niña this winter as cooling over the tropical Pacific and colder deep ocean waters is expected to cause a drier and warmer West Coast and a wetter and colder Mid-West and East Coast.

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670 Missing in Wine Country Firestorms

California fire authorities listed 39 active fires burning across the state with the worst devastation in the Wine Country where 9 major fires have burnt over 103,000 to causing at least 19 deaths and 670 residents missing.

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‘Canyon Fire 2’ Rages Through Orange County Hills

Gale-force winds gusting upwards of 70 mph fueled a fast-moving brush fire in the Anaheim Hills area of Orange County Monday, destroying at least 24 structures and consuming 7,500 acres as it raged through the night, forcing thousands to remain evacuated.

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Wildfires Trap 2,000 Villagers in Portugal

LISBON (AFP) – Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

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PICS: Wildfires Devastate French Riviera

BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, France (AP) — Backed by planes dropping water and fire retardant, more than 1,000 firefighters battled wildfires Wednesday that billowed smoke into the sky over France’s southern Cote d’Azur coast and forced the evacuation of at least 12,000 people.

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Portugal Tries to Contain Fatal Fires, Debunks Plane Crash

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Emergency services in Portugal said Tuesday they were making good progress in controlling a major wildfire that killed 64 people in the central area of the country, while officials said reports that a water-dropping plane had

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Portugal’s Deadly Forest Fires: the Victims

LISBON (AFP) – A child who died in the flames during his parents’ honeymoon, a family saved by a water tank and a group of friends rescued by a generous neighbour. These are the stories of dozens of Portuguese whose

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Jerry Brown Lets Emergency Responders Take out Drones

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that will allow the state’s emergency responders to take out civilian drones without fear of civil liability for the damage that results.

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Illegal Campfire Causes Most Expensive Fire in U.S. History

The Soberanes Fire, a wildfire ablaze for the past two months near California’s Big Sur, is now the costliest fire in U.S. history in terms of the sheer expense of fighting it, which already exceeds $200 million — with the fire only 67 percent contained.

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Expanding California Wildfire Burns 20,000 Acres in Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals that was being evacuated, authorities said.

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Elderly Couple Dead, 80 Homes Burn in California Wildfire

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said. The two were outside their house when they were

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Greenies Dance While Fort McMurray Burns

Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada is in flames. Thousands of residents have lost their homes. But it’s not all bad news, as this guy helpfully tried explaining on Twitter. @JamesDelingpole Check out @BlakeSiefken being glad homes are burning in #ymmfire because

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Haze From California Wildfires Covers S.F. Bay Area

Heavy, wind-blown smoke from the raging Northern California wildfire was so thick this weekend that San Francisco’s 911 dispatch was inundated with phone calls from complaining residents living several miles away, prompting authorities to ask the public, via social media, not to call the police unless they see a fire.