Tag: Fires and Firefighters

At Least 43 Dead in New Delhi Building Fire

NEW DELHI — At least 43 people were killed Sunday morning when a major fire broke out in a cramped, commercial neighborhood in New Delhi, officials said. The blaze occurred around 5:30 a.m. in a multistory building used for manufacturing paper products and women’s purses. Atul Garg, New Delhi’s chief fire officer, said firefighters initially […]

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Australia Burns Again, and Now Its Biggest City Is Choking

SYDNEY, Australia — Flying into Sydney usually brings stunning views of rocky cliffs and crystal waters, but when Anna Funder looked out the window before landing this week, she saw only tragedy. Thick gray smoke blanketed the skyline and the coast, stretching for miles from the fire front at the southwestern edge of the city, […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazil’s President About Amazon Fires

The actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio said on Saturday that he was not going to let President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil get in the way of his support of the Amazon rainforest. Mr. DiCaprio released a statement after Mr. Bolsonaro falsely accused him of bankrolling fires recently set in the Amazon. “At this time of […]

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Explosions Shake a Texas Town, and Its View on Thanksgiving

PORT NECHES, Texas — It was a Thanksgiving of pies abandoned at homes that had been left in a hurry, turkey eaten in hotel rooms, and naps on cots handed out by Red Cross volunteers. Doug Hinson had planned to be at his son’s house, gathered with his family. But that was before he and […]

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Iraqi Protesters Burn Down Iranian Consulate

BAGHDAD — Iraqi protesters in the southern city of Najaf burned down the Iranian Consulate there on Wednesday night in an outburst of anger at Iran, witnesses said. The government imposed a curfew until further notice. Video showed sizable crowds outside the consulate shouting and waving Iraqi flags. This was the second attempt in a […]

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Cave Fire in Santa Barbara County Threatens Homes and Forces Evacuations

A brush fire that started in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County, Calif., had burned at least 4,100 acres as of Tuesday morning, prompting the county to declare an emergency and order some residents to evacuate, according to the authorities. So far, no homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been connected […]

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Koalas Aren’t Extinct, but Their Future Is in Danger, Experts Say

There is no doubt that the fires tearing across eastern Australia have been hurting koalas. With large areas of their crucial habitat ravaged, it is unclear what the future holds for a species that was already under threat before this round of bush fires. Some koalas have been rescued — singed and dehydrated — from […]

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3 Men Dead in Fire at Abandoned Queens House

For years, residents in Queens had been concerned about an abandoned house in their neighborhood, telling officials the property was unsafe and had become a home for squatters. Late Thursday, their fears were realized, after a fire ripped through the building in the St. Albans neighborhood, killing three men believed to be squatting there, police […]

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The World Burns All Year. Are There Enough Planes to Douse the Flames?

SYDNEY, Australia — Sharing the giant air tankers that fight fires 5,000 gallons of water at a time used to be simpler. California’s wildfires faded before Australia’s bush fires surged, leaving time to prepare, move and deploy planes from one continent to another. But climate change is subverting the system. Fire seasons are running longer, […]

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Fear Has Yet to Be Extinguished After Chemical Fire in France

ROUEN, France — After the chemical factory fire, the few who ventured out clutched their noses or covered their faces in handkerchiefs. Soot fell in towns dozens of miles away, farmers dumped thousands of gallons of milk, harvesting was banned, schools closed and residents moved out. More than a month after the giant Sept. 26 […]

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Saving the Fire Victims Who Cannot Flee: Australia’s Koalas

MELBOURNE, Australia — The victims were carried in one by one, their paws burned and fur singed, suffering from dehydration and fear. Their caretakers bandaged their wounds, swaddled them and laid them in baskets with the only thing that was familiar — the leaves of a eucalyptus tree. As catastrophic fires have burned more than […]

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As Australia Burns, Its Leaders Trade Insults

SYDNEY, Australia — When a mass shooting shattered Australia in 1996, the country banned automatic weapons. In its first years of independence, it enacted a living-wage law. Stable retirement savings, national health care, affordable college education — Australia solved all these issues decades ago. But climate change is Australia’s labyrinth without an exit, where its […]

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Flames Return to Where California’s Largest Wildfire Started

ImageFlames from the Burris fire, which was extinguished Nov. 3, scorched the sloping fields around the wood-shingled home on the ranch of Glenn Kile, coming very close to engulfing the wrap-around porch.Credit…Thomas Fuller/The New York Times Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox, here’s the sign-up.) Today, we’re starting […]

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Australia Confronts ‘Catastrophic’ Fire Conditions

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia is bracing for cataclysmic wildfires on Tuesday, as officials warned that strong winds, high temperatures and parched forests had created some of the worst fire conditions the country has ever seen. After powerful blazes caused three deaths over the weekend, the authorities said people and homes were now at risk from […]

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At Least 3 Dead as Fires Rage Across Eastern Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildfires surging across Australia’s drought-ravaged East Coast have left three people dead and destroyed more than 150 homes, officials said on Saturday, sounding the alarm for what is expected to be one of the country’s worst recorded fire seasons. With summer heat waves still several weeks away, 1,500 firefighters were battling 70 […]

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My Neighborhood Was on Fire. My Neighbors Came Together to Save It.

In boot camp, I was surprised by the pride the other recruits took in their no-name Midwest hometowns. By contrast, I had no love for Malibu, Calif., which seemed like only one thing to me: an isolated beach town too far from the city for me to escape. I did not surf. I had no […]

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5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires

The fires that raged in California over the past two weeks consumed thousands of acres and drove residents up and down the state to flee their homes. The Kincade and Getty fires, both of which were mostly contained by Monday, captured the headlines. But violent winds ignited multiple fires — at one point 16 were […]

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As Smoke Clears in California, Pressure Builds on Power Companies

As firefighters worked to contain wildfires across California on Saturday, residents began returning to their homes, business owners surveyed the damage and officials shifted their attention to what had gone wrong and what could be done to prevent — or at least temper — what has become a near-constant threat. The state was not in […]

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Pakistani Train Inferno Was Decades in the Making

When a passenger train rammed a rickshaw in Pakistan in 2017, killing seven schoolchildren, Imran Khan rolled the tragedy into his campaign to become prime minister, holding up the accident as a hallmark of government incompetence and corruption that only he could fix. “The railway minister must resign,” he said at the time, insisting that […]

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Trump Stymies California Climate Efforts Even as State Burns

By Thomas Fuller and Coral Davenport SANTA ROSA, Calif. — For the past three years, countries and companies around the world have looked to California as a counterweight to the Trump administration’s aggressive dismantling of efforts to combat climate change. But this past week, as wildfires burned across the state — fires that scientists say […]

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Maria Fire Is Latest California Blaze to Send Thousands Fleeing

Another fire erupted in Southern California overnight and was growing Friday morning, destroying two buildings and leading the authorities to order 7,500 people to evacuate. As firefighters continued to battle several blazes up and down the state, the most recent, named the Maria fire, flared up in Ventura County on Thursday evening and grew to […]

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