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Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

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May 14 (UPI) -- Mexico City's environmental officials issued an emergency alert Tuesday as nearly two dozen fires worsened poor air quality in the region. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis urged residents to avoid outdoor activities, and infants, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors entirely. The city's IMECA air quality index increased from 144 to 158. The index includes five levels on a scale from zero to more than 200. Zero to 50 is "good," 51 to 100 is "regular," 101 to 150 is "bad," 151 to 200 is "very bad" and more than 200 is "extremely bad." Firefighters are attempting to contain the wildfires, but to help reduce pollution in the city, officials asked residents to reduce emissions from vehicle use and notify authorities of any activities t...
California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state's deadliest wildfire to 42, officials say.The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state.At least 228 people are missing as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly 7,200 structures have been destroyed, and another 15,500 are at risk.The fire has now surpassed the 1933 Griffith Park disaster that killed 31.Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing.Many more people are said to be unaccounted for. In the south of the state, other wildfires are menac...
The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Firefighters are making progress against the largest California wildfire ever recorded although thousands of homes and buildings remain under threat. State fire officials Wednesday night say the Mendocino Complex — twin fires that are being fought together — has destroyed 119 homes and 472 square miles (1,222 square kilometers) of brush and timber north of San Francisco. The complex is 47 percent contained. However, the smaller of the two blazes actually is 81 percent surrounded. Fire crews have kept the southern edge from spreading. Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders for most communities near the resort of Clear Lake. Meanwhile, a fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding in Northe...
'Serious indications' Greece wildfire was arson

'Serious indications' Greece wildfire was arson

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There are "serious indications" a wildfire near Athens that has killed more than 80 people was arson, authorities say. Public order minister Nikos Toskas said satellite image analysis and ground inspections suggest the fire that broke out on Monday was set deliberately.The blaze struck coastal villages popular with holidaymakers.Most people fled to the safety of the sea with just the clothes on their backs. Image: More than 80 people have died Survivors spoke of harrowing scenes including entire families burned alive in their homes.:: Greece wildfires: Terror police investigate after 'armageddon' blazes near Athens"We were alone, there was nobody to help us. Everybody did what they thought they had to do to survive on ...
Bear cub with burnt paws rescued from Colorado wildfire

Bear cub with burnt paws rescued from Colorado wildfire

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An orphaned bear cub suffered painful burns to her paws in one of the half-dozen significant wildfires scorching Colorado, but she is being nursed back to health, state officials said Friday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers believe the bear will recover well enough to be released this winter. "When the bear was brought in, I wasn't sure if it was going to make it," Michael Sirochman said, a Parks and Wildlife veterinary technician. "But she's responding very well to treatment, and by winter we believe we'll be able to return her to the wild." It was an encouraging bit of news amid an extreme drought and an outbreak of disruptive wildfires in Colorado and much of the Southwestern U.S. The wildfire that injured the cub has burned 65 square miles (168 square kilometers) near Durango in...