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More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast

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The main highway in southern California’s coastal mountains remained closed on Wednesday and evacuation orders were in place as a growing wildfire chewed through dry vegetation in the region. More than 760 firefighter...

California firefighters ‘stretched to limit’ as devastating blazes become the norm

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Before the ravenous Caldor fire laid siege to South Lake Tahoe, California’s top firefighting priority lay just to the north, where the Dixie fire scorched more land than any other single fire in state history. Togeth...

Caldor fire: changing winds offer hope as firefighters battle blaze near Lake Tahoe

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With winds finally turning in their favor, firefighters are throwing all their resources into boxing a California blaze burning mere miles from Lake Tahoe and neighboring Nevada. Three days of fiercely gusting winds h...

‘We’re on a mission’: the Texas firefighters who will bring a Covid vaccine to your door

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Raul Valenzuela sat inside his living room in Corpus Christi, Texas, as two firefighters prepared him for a Covid-19 vaccine. Largely homebound, Valenzuela couldn’t imagine going out for a shot. But he knew the pandem...

Burning out: the silent crisis spreading among wildland firefighters

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Llew had never been so certain of his imminent death. It was going to hurt. The wildfire in central Washington had already bested the firefighting crews that morning, forcing everyone to retreat to safety zones. Then...

Firefighters battling wildfires to save homes on Greek island of Evia

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In scenes more resonant of war, trained firefighters backed by a ragtag army of local people waged a “superhuman” battle overnight to extinguish wind-whipped blazes raging for an eighth day on the Greek island of Evia...

‘A perfect storm’: Hawaii firefighters confront Big Island’s largest wildfire in history

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Firefighters on Hawaii’s Big Island in recent days battled the biggest brush fire that has ever burned on the island, wrangling a blaze that has torched more than 62 sq miles (160 sq km) and destroyed two homes. The d...

Firefighters battle wildfires raging across south-west Sardinia

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Firefighters are working to put out wildfires that have spread quickly across parts of south-western Sardinia, destroying 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forest and forcing 1,500 people to be evacuated from their ho...

Firefighters escape Tamarack wildfire by driving through flames – video

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A group of firefighters had a close escape when fast-moving flames engulfed them as they battled the Tamarack wildfire in Nebraska. After driving straight through the inferno, the crew emerged unscathed. Poor humidity...

Firefighters struggle to contain exploding northern California wildfire

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Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heatwave blanketed the west, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas. Death Val...

Miami firefighter’s daughter found dead in condo rubble as toll rises to 20

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The seven-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter was found dead in the rubble of a collapsed condominium, officials said on Friday as they announced the official death toll in Miami had risen to 20 people. The Miami...

Firefighters attend huge blaze in Elephant and Castle, south London

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London fire brigade is tackling a blaze in Elephant and Castle, south London. The fire appears to have started beneath railway arches near the train station and a huge plume of smoke could be seen billowing above the ...

California governor pardons formerly incarcerated firefighters

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California’s governor has issued pardons to two formerly incarcerated firefighters who had been threatened with deportation to Laos after spending most of their lives in the US. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the pa...

Greek firefighters tackle major forest fire in conservation area near Athens

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Hundreds of firefighters battled Greece’s first major forest fire of the summer on Saturday, as experts warned of a “huge ecological disaster” in a nature conservation area near Athens. The fire, which broke out late ...

Firefighters should not face charge of raping girl, French court rules

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France’s highest court has ruled that firefighters accused of raping a girl aged between 13 and 15 years old should be charged with the lesser offence of sexual assault. A woman known as Julie claims she was groomed b...