The fire in Maui, sometimes called the Valley Isle, had been 60 percent contained by sunset but officials warned that even though the shelters were shut, they might need to reopen if more evacuations were ordered.
Temperatures in France are expected to reach a record-breaking high on Friday, as Europe continues to endure a sweltering heatwave which sparked an out-of-control wildfire in Spain.
Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are starting to contain wildfires in South Korea on Friday which have killed one person and forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes, the South Korean government said.
Joe Biden branded President Donald Trump a “climate arsonist” on Monday for refusing to acknowledge global warming’s role in deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, while Trump blamed lax forestry and declared, “I don’t think science knows.”
Orange and red skies filled with smoke have cascaded down our social media feeds as America’s West Coast grapples with historic wildfires. The images have been called “apocalyptic”
After struggling for more than four months to control California’s deadly wildfires, the firefighters made substantial progress because of changing weather (“Firefighters make headway in subduing US western wildfires,” Sept. 19, Gulf Today website).
Dense smog from US wildfires that have burnt nearly five million acres and killed 27 people smothered the West Coast Saturday, as presidential challenger Joe Biden warned climate change is becoming an existential issue.
More than 3.1 million acres have burned in California this year — some 3% of the state — with many wildfires still at zero containment and months of fire season left to go.
Wildfires have destroyed up to 50 homes in New Zealand, authorities announced on Monday, saying it was a miracle no one was hurt as “a wall of orange” razed most of a remote South Island village.