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N.J. Forest Fire Mostly Contained; Firefighter Still Critical

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A forest fire near the Jersey Shore that shut down the Garden State Parkway, sent neighbors fleeing and led to a firefighter’s hospitalization in critical condition was “a very, very near catastrophe,” authorities said Monday. The …

Forest Fire Near I-80, Appalachian Trail Mostly Contained

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP — A forest fire burning through a popular hiking area that is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway was about 80% contained by Monday afternoon, New Jersey fire officials said. The fire began Sunday …

Jumbo Tanker Debate Continues as Wildfires Rage in West

A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead jets in low and slow over a flaming forest, trailing a long plume that settles on the ground and creates a wildfire-stopping barrier. The operators of the …

Climate Change Leading to Longer Wildfire Season

When it comes to forest fires, the weather matters. Over a 35-year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by 18.7 percent due to more rain-free days and hotter temperatures, according to South Dakota State University professor Mark …

Coastal South Carolina Forest Fire Destroys 100 Homes

Authorities say a forest fire that destroyed more than 100 homes in a South Carolina condominium complex was likely set by someone. Investigators say the area where the fire started Saturday was trampled by dozens of emergency personnel, so they …

Chile Arrests Welder for Massive Wildfire

Chilean police have arrested a man they say is responsible for the worst forest fire in decades in the hills above the port of Valparaiso. Police say the 27-year-old mason confessed early Saturday to accidentally igniting the blaze with a …