Nothing looks good preparing for summer wildfire season

SALEM, Ore. (AP) Wearing soot-smudged, fire-resistant clothing and helmets, several wildland firefighters armed with hoes moved through a stand of ponderosa pines as flames tore through the underbrush. The firefighters weren t there to extinguish the fire. They had started it. The prescribed burn, ignited this month near the scenic mountain town of Bend, is […]

Nepal battles worst forest fires in years as air quality drops


A man takes pictures from his phone during a forest fire in Makwanpur, outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal on April 8, 2021 Reuters 5 people have died so far trying to put out the fires that have been raging since January Nepal is battling its worst forest fires in years, officials said on Friday, with smoke […]

Nepal hit by worst wildfires in almost a decade


File Photo: Residents battle a fire in a forest in Baglung, about 275 km west of Kathmandu on March 5, 2021 AFP More than 2,700 wildfires have been reported in Nepal since November Nepal is experiencing its worst fire season in almost a decade, officials said on Tuesday, as huge blazes rage across the country’s […]

Drought, fire and flood devastate Australians in the bush


A State Emergency Service rescue team uses an inflatable raft to bring a local resident to safety from a flooded home as the state of New South Wales experiences widespread flooding and severe weather, in Sydney, Australia, March 21, 2021.Reuters After years of drought devastated crops and livestock, the country have faced a devastating wildfire […]