Northern California power turned off again due to fire danger

World Nov 21, 2019

Northern California power turned off again due to fire danger

Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation's largest utility to drastically reduce the number of customers ...

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Asia Pacific Nov 21, 2019

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Firefighters battled nearly 200 bush fires across Australia on Thursday as authorities issued a Code Red alert for parts of Victoria state and Sydney was blanketed in hazardous smoke for the third consecutive day. Officials imposed a total fire ban across Victoria where temperatures were ...

Chile foresees 'difficult' wildfire season ahead, fears more arson

World Nov 20, 2019

Chile foresees 'difficult' wildfire season ahead, fears more arson

Chile faces a "very difficult" season of wildfires because of high temperatures, a persistent drought and an increase in arson, Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said on Tuesday, adding to the woes of a country damaged by violent socioeconomic protests in the past month. Firefighters have ...

Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Asia Pacific Nov 17, 2019

Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 130 bush fires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them. Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for ...

Australia wildfires renew anger over climate change

Asia Pacific Nov 14, 2019

Australia wildfires renew anger over climate change

Unprecedented wildfires in eastern Australia have turbocharged demands that the conservative government do more to tackle climate change and have rekindled an ideological fight over the science behind the blazes. The huge fires have affected communities up and down the east coast, killing four people ...