Firefighters Keep Wildfire out of Evacuated Washington Town

LIND, Wash. (AP) — A small town in Washington state that was evacuated due to a fast-moving fire was largely spared Friday, while in California crews made progress against the state’s deadliest and largest wildfire of the year. Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said the fire that had been threating the eastern Washington town of … Read more

Firefighters battle inferno at Cuban oil facility

Cuban firefighters were joined by Mexican and Venezuelan reinforcements on Sunday in battling a blaze at the Matanzas supertanker port and storage facility which threatens to cut off electricity supply across the island. On Friday a lightning strike ignited one of eight tanks, with a capacity of 300,000 barrels of petroleum products, at the Matanzas … Read more

Firefighters Partially Surround Deadly California Fire

KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have gotten their first hold on California’s deadliest and most destructive fire of the year and expected that the blaze would remain stalled through the weekend. The McKinney Fire near the Oregon border was 10% contained as of Wednesday night and bulldozers and hand crews were making progress carving … Read more

Hundreds of Firefighters Battle Blazes in Germany, Czechia

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters were battling wildfires in eastern Germany and neighboring Czechia on Tuesday as tourist regions and residential areas were being evacuated. A large wildfire was spreading quickly in the eastern German state of Brandenburg in a region with lots of bone-dry pine forests where firefighters have to be especially careful … Read more

Firefighters Slow Growth of California Blaze Near Yosemite

JERSEYDALE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters significantly slowed the spread of a smoky wildfire churning through forest near Yosemite National Park that has thousands of residents of remote mountain communities still under evacuation orders on Monday. Crews “made good headway” against the Oak Fire, according to a Sunday night incident report by the California Department of … Read more

Firefighters Slow Growth of Massive California Blaze Near Yosemite

Firefighters have significantly slowed the spread of a huge wildfire burning in a forest near Yosemite National Park that burned 55 homes and other buildings and forced thousands from their homes, officials said Monday. “It was a successful day for aircraft and firefighters, resulting in minimal growth on the fire. Helicopters dropped 300,000 gallons of … Read more

California Firefighters Gain Against Yosemite Wildfire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters gained ground Monday in the battle against a wildfire that poses a threat to a grove of giant sequoias and a small community in Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada had scorched about 4.2 square miles (10.9 square kilometers) … Read more

California Firefighters Making Gains in Yosemite Wildfire

California firefighters were gaining ground in the battle against a wildfire that poses a threat to a grove of giant sequoias and a small community in Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada had scorched about 3.6 square miles but was 25% contained as of early afternoon on … Read more

Pennsylvania Auditor Finds Issues With 15 of 43 Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations

New You can now listen to Insurance Journal articles! Pennsylvania Auditor General Timothy DeFoor released audit reports for 43 volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in 30 Pennsylvania counties. The reports show 28 with no adverse findings and 15 with a compliance or expenditure issue of some kind. The audits are conducted to make sure relief … Read more