Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

May 8, 2016

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and ...

Officials fear massive Alberta wildfire could double in size

May 7, 2016

Officials fear massive Alberta wildfire could double in size

Canadian officials fear a massive wildfire could double in size by the end of Saturday as they continue to evacuate residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray from work camps north of Alberta’s oil sands city. Thousands more displaced residents were to get a sobering drive-by ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

Jan 31, 2016

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures ...

Fire rages on top floor of Ritz Carlton in Paris

Jan 19, 2016

Fire rages on top floor of Ritz Carlton in Paris

Fire engulfed the top floor of Paris’ Ritz Carlton hotel Tuesday, burning out of control for hours in one of the city’s most storied plazas. The fire began early in the day at the posh hotel where Princess Diana spent her final hours before ...

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

Jan 3, 2016

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve — the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years — has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region. Hundreds of gleaming ...

Dec 26, 2015

Clinton's childhood home sustains light damage in fire

Fire that caused minor damage to former President Bill Clinton’s childhood home in Hope, Arkansas, was apparently caused by arson. Hope Police Department Chief J.R. Wilson says a motorist spotted flames early Friday at the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site. Wilson says that when ...