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Rare Tornado Rips Through Southern Czech Republic, Killing Five

HRUSKY, Czech Republic — Emergency workers and residents combed through wreckage in southern Czech Republic on Friday after a tornado ripped roofs off buildings and sent cars flying through the air, killing at least five people and injuring hundreds. The …

Growing Arizona Wildfires Prompts New Evacuation Orders

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Crews made progress toward containing one of two major wildfires in south-central Arizona’s desert hill country, allowing evacuation notices to be lifted for several rural areas though towns elsewhere continued to be threatened. Areas where evacuations …

Crews Focus on Lingering Hotspots in Phoenix Recycling Fire

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix fire crews made significant progress overnight putting out a huge blaze that swept through multiple recycling yards, destroying businesses and injuring one firefighter. Fire Capt. Todd Keller said more than 30 firefighters were still at the …

Fire Officials Aim to Squelch Blazes Fast, Avoid Megafires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of …

Fire Destroys Montana’s Historic M&M Cigar Store Building

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A fire gutted the historic M&M Cigar Store in Butte early Friday, taking with it 131 years of the Mining City’s history. “It’s a total loss. No question,” said Jim Merrifield, a battalion chief with the …

A Dozen Homes Damaged in Wind-Whipped Baltimore Fire

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fire officials said a dozen homes on several streets caught fire in Southwest Baltimore, fueled by wind-whipped flames from the burning roof of a vacant house. One firefighter was injured during the blaze Friday and was taken …

Fire at Ethanol Plant West of Portland Prompts Evacuations

CORNELIUS, Ore. (AP) — Fire crews are battling a fire at an ethanol fuel facility west of Portland in Cornelius that has prompted evacuations, authorities said. The Cornelius Fire Department on Twitter at about 1:42 p.m. Tuesday called the fire …

59 Homes Lost, More Threatened in Australian Wildfire

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many residents across the region told it is too late to …

Lands Chief Again Proposes Dedicated Funds to Fight Wildfire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After yet another year of catastrophic wildfires in Washington state, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is once again proposing that the state create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight the fires. A similar attempt …

Nevada Wildfire Victims Share Varied Stories

RENO, Nev. — With a wind-whipped wildfire roaring through a Reno neighborhood, David Howton sprang into action with a garden hose and was lucky to save his home. About a mile away, Scott and Mimi O’Brien weren’t so lucky. The …