Oct 5, 2014

Flag from 9/11 is lost in fire at Flight 93 Memorial

A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said Saturday. Friday’s fire in Shanksville destroyed the park’s headquarters complex. State police and the ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...

Sep 19, 2014

Arson arrest over raging California wildfire

U.S. police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of starting a wildfire that doubled in size overnight and is threatening over 2,000 homes in northern California, officials said Thursday. Some 2,800 people have evacuated their homes in the face of the raging king fire, ...

Aug 25, 2014

California governor declares emergency from quake

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by a large earthquake. The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to help respond to the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck early Sunday about 6 miles (10 ...

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

Jul 29, 2014

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli was raging out of control on Monday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area. “The situation is very dangerous after a second fire broke out at ...

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

May 28, 2014

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police said appeared to be an act of arson by an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer. Seven were injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly after ...

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

May 25, 2014

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

Researchers are working on fighting out-of-control bush fires with explosives, likening the process of using the sound wave produced by a blast to blowing out a candle. Graham Doig of Sydney’s University of New South Wales has been examining how blasts can extinguish fires, ...

May 17, 2014

Arson may be behind surge of California fires

A 57-year-old man was charged with arson in one of at least 10 wildfires that erupted in California last week, and investigators are working to determine whether other blazes in the unusually early and intense outbreak were ignited by something as ordinary as sparks ...

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

May 12, 2014

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

Searchers in Virginia on Sunday found the body of the third victim from the crash of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area, police said. The victims’ names have not been ...

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

May 12, 2014

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of causing a forest fire by dumping smoldering charcoal left over from a barbecue into the woods. Daigo Kawahara allegedly threw away the charcoal on Sunday afternoon in a forest in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, after holding ...