US wildfires - updates

Rappler's latest stories on US wildfires


Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Firefighter killed in massive California blaze

Dec 15, 2017 - 10:04 AM

San Diego-based Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, according to Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott

THOMAS FIRE. Smoke from the Thomas Fire is seen from Santa Paula, California as it rises over Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, December 12, 2017. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

15 dead as wildfires torch California wine country

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown says emergency responders expect the death toll to rise further

KENWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: A fuel truck sits in a stagin area as the Nuns Fire burns in the hills behind it on October 10, 2017 in Kenwood, California. Fifteen people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses in several Northen California counties. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

US wildfires could be costliest on record

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:10 PM

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says if current conditions persist an average 200 million a week will be needed to battle the flames which have killed seven firefighters and overstretched resources

Firefighters extinguish hotpots after a wildfire, part of the Okanogan Complex, swept through the area on August 22, 2015 near Okanogan, Washington. The Okanogan Complex fires have burned more than 127,000 acres. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP