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Teen fined over $36 mn for sparking Oregon wildfire

A teenager has been ordered to pay $ 36,618,330 in restitution for the damage he caused by starting a wildfire in Oregon last year. County Circuit Judge John A. Olson ordered the unnamed 15-year-old to pay the fine on Monday for throwing fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon, sparking an almighty inferno that spread across the forest. The monumental payment means ...

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Wildfire causes ammunition explosions at former Russian military range (PHOTO, VIDEO)

An evacuation of a garrison town was ordered and traffic put on hold after a wildfire caused shells to detonate at a former military range in Russia’s Republic of Udmurtia. Social media users posted photos and videos online of a huge cloud of thick white smoke coming from the abandoned military range. The incident happened near the village of Pugachevo ...

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France wildfire: Two teenagers in custody over expected arson

The unnamed 16-year-olds spent the night in police cells in Martigues, between Marseille and Montpellier, and will be questioned again tomorrow. They are thought to have set fire to parched scrubland on Tuesday causing one of the blazes that have engulfed more than 15sq miles of the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence ...

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BREAKING: Wildfire forces hundreds to flee their homes as flames destroy south of France

A staggering 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands have been destroyed in the south of France and the island of Corsica on Monday, authorities said. The biggest fire was in the village of Bastidonne, in the Vaucluse region, where fires, intensified by strong winds, consumed some 600 hectares of forest. About 100 residences were evacuated in the village of Mirabeau ...

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California wildfire: 5,000 flee from homes as Detwiler Fire continues to rage on

The Detwiler Fire, which is menacing the former gold rush town of Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is only 10 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on its website.  “We’re doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area,” Amy Head, a spokesman for ...

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At least 43 killed in central Portugal wildfire

AVELAR, Portugal — Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 43 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Sunday called “the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years.” Nearly 60 other people were injured, including four firefighters and a seriously ...

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Portugal blaze: At least 25 killed by huge wildfire – with death toll expected to rise

Most of the people killed by the inferno were trapped in their vehicles as the wind left firefighters unable to tackle the blaze. The Portuguese government confirmed all the deceased victims were members of the public, as firefighters still battle the  ongoing fire in the the wooded mountain area of Pedrogão Grande, south of Coimbra. Two firefighters are missing while ...

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Huge WILDFIRE rips through Ibiza destroying beauty spot on holiday island

The blaze, which started just before 1pm local time today, led to the closure of part of the Ibiza Town ring-ring nearest the port and Pacha nightclub. Local authorities called in a helicopter from Majorca to help tackle the fire in the Ses Feixes wetland area, an important resting place for migratory birds. It was feared today the entire wetland ...

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NASA, Dept. of Interior use drone for wildfire detection

Richard TomkinsWASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) — NASA drone to help Fish and Wildlife Service spot fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia-North Carolina border. Top News – UPI.com

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