Tag Archives: wildfires

Couple Fined $1.8M In Fatal CA Gender Reveal Wildfire

Los Angeles’s ABC affiliate reports: A couple whose botched gender reveal sparked the deadly El Dorado Fire in 2020 has agreed to a plea deal that includes jail time, community service and nearly $1.8 million in restitution, officials announced Friday. The El Dorado Fire burned through nearly 23,000 acres in the Inland Empire in the fall of 2020, destroying some …

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Qanon Quebec Man Pleads Guilty To Setting Wildfires

The CBC reports: A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes. Brian Paré, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to 13 counts of arson and one count of arson with disregard for human life …

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Maui County Officials Sue Electric Utility Over Wildfires

The New York Times reports: For the first time, Maui County officials publicly blamed Hawaii’s largest electric utility for the wildfires that killed at least 115 people this month, claiming in a lawsuit filed that “intentional and malicious” mismanagement of power lines had allowed flames to spark. The lawsuit accused the utility, Hawaiian Electric, of failing to respond to ominous …

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TODAY: President Biden To Tour Site Of Maui Wildfires

Hawaii News Now reports: President Biden and the first lady will travel to fire-ravaged areas of Maui on Monday to meet with wildfire victims, first responders and government officials. Maui is preparing for the presidential visit as the grim and difficult work of searching for remains in historic Lahaina continues. Teams armed with cadaver dogs have searched about 78% of …

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Maui Death Toll Rises To 111, Around 1000 Still Missing

Hawaii News Now reports: The Lahaina wildfire death toll increased by five on Wednesday — to 111 — more than a week after flames ripped through the historic town. Meanwhile, Maui continued to slowly release the names of those who have perished. Three more victims, all elderly, were identified on Wednesday and authorities said positive IDs were made on others. …

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Hawaii Governor: Maui Was Hit By “Fire Hurricane”

The Independent reports: Hawaii Governor Josh Green gave a stark warning to the world in the aftermath of the “fire hurricane” that destroyed the historic town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. The state’s drought conditions from climate change and difficulties with water management had combined with 60mph winds from Hurricane Dora which had just passed the island, Mr …

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Bezos And Fiancee Pledge $100 Million To Maui Relief

Hawaii News Now reports: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his fiancee Lauren Sanchez announced they’ll donate $100 million to Maui wildfire relief efforts. “Jeff and I are heartbroken by what’s happening in Maui. We are thinking of the families that have lost so much and a community that has been left devastated,” Sanchez wrote. The couple says the money will …

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Maui Fire Now Deadliest US Wildfire In Over A Century

The Associated Press reports: As the death toll from a wildfire that razed a historic Maui town reached 93, authorities warned Saturday that the effort to find and identify the dead was still in its early stages. It’s already the deadliest U.S. wildfire for over a century. Crews with cadaver dogs have covered just 3% of the search area, Maui …

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Maui Death Toll Rises To 55, Thousands Homeless

Reuters reports: Maui’s wildfires have killed at least 55 people, a toll expected to rise, and unleashed destruction on the resort town of Lahaina that will take many years and billions of dollars to rebuild, Hawaiian officials said on Thursday. Governor Josh Green said the inferno that reduced much of Lahaina to smoldering ruins was the worst natural disaster in …

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Biden Declares Major Disaster In Maui Wildfires

Via press release from the White House: Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on August 8, 2023, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Maui …

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At Least 36 Dead In Maui Wildfires, Dozens Injured

Hawaii News Now reports: Maui County says 36 people are now confirmed dead in the devastating wildfires that have decimated entire towns, including historic Lahaina. The heartbreaking news, which some feared could rise even higher, makes the wildfires among the deadliest disasters in Hawaii history. Meanwhile, at least three large fires on Maui — including the blaze in Lahaina — …

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Evacuations As Wildfire Tears Through Maui [VIDEO]

Hawaii News Now reports: Eyewitnesses described an apocalyptic scene Tuesday in Lahaina town, where residents were forced to jump into the harbor waters to avoid fast-moving flames from a massive brush fire that’s destroyed much of the historic area — and continues to burn. Residents say an overwhelmed fire force — fighting flames all day amid powerful winds — could …

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FAA Orders Ground Stop For Inbound LGA Flights

CNN reports: For a second day in a row, the US Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for flights bound for New York’s LaGuardia airport as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to spread across the northeastern United States. The FAA’s operations plan for Thursday shows smoke potentially impacting travel from New York to Charlotte. It lists New York’s …

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NYC Officials Urge Residents To Stay Inside [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Canadian wildfires have created dangerous air quality conditions in New York City, prompting city officials to call late Wednesday for the cancelation of all organized outdoor activities and advising New Yorkers to stay indoors as much as possible. With conditions deteriorating quickly Wednesday afternoon as an orange-grey haze shrouded the city, New York jumped …

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Reuters: No Relief Soon From Canadian Wildfires

Reuters reports: Forest fires continued to burn across Canada on Thursday as the country endured its worst-ever start to wildfire season, forcing thousands of people from their homes and sending a smoky haze billowing across U.S. cities. About 3.8 million hectares (9.4 million acres) have already burned, roughly 15 times the 10-year average, according to federal Minister of Emergency Preparedness …

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Hannity Mocks Precautions Taken Due To Wildfire Smoke

Media Matters has the transcript: SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Here’s what nobody talks about. There is a science. You can get an advanced college degree in forestry. There’s something called the controlled burns that climate alarmist cult members are all dead-set against. You see, if you have a controlled burn, that prevent the bigger fires like the one they’re experiencing in …

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New York City Chokes On Canadian Smoke [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Canadian wildfires have created dangerous air quality conditions in New York City as an orange sun and smoggy cloud layer descended on the Big Apple Tuesday. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air quality health advisory for all boroughs as well as surrounding suburbs. The state’s Department of Health recommends that …

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Florida Sees Rash Of Wildfires Amid “Severe Drought”

The Orlando Sentinel reports: With less than 2 inches of rain this year, Orlando is enduring its second driest stretch from Jan. 1 to April 5 since the late 1800s and also its hottest on record for that period. The city, Central Florida and much of the state’s peninsula are experiencing a widening severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought …

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CA Gov Declares Emergency Over Wildfire [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: In California’s Klamath National Forest, the fast-moving McKinney fire, which started Friday, went from charring just over 1 square mile (1 square kilometer) to scorching as much as 62 square miles (160 square kilometers) by Saturday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday as the fire intensified. The proclamation allows Newsom more flexibility …

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Britain Could Break Its All-Time Heat Record Today

The BBC reports: The UK could have its hottest day on record this week, with temperatures forecast to hit up to 41C (106F). The Met Office has issued a red extreme heat warning on Monday and Tuesday in much of England, from London and the south-east up to York and Manchester. The current highest temperature in the UK is 38.7C, …

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