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WNYC News

Harlem Blaze Deemed Suspicious

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Authorities say one person has died in a blaze that ravaged an apartment building in northern Manhattan. Twelve people suffered minor injuries, including 10 firefighters.

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The Takeaway

Fires Continue To Rage At Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The seventh largest fire in California history, covering over 280 square miles, rages on. Groveland, CA resident Christina Wilkinson manages a Facebook page for locals that has served as an essential resource of up to the minute information. She joins The Takeaway to tell us what she's seeing on the ground.

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WNYC News

Staten Island, Long Island Blazes Under Control

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the area of the Staten Island fire by helicopter Tuesday afternoon after firefighters worked through the night and into this morning to contain a blaze at the former Fresh Kills landfill, and managed to contain a brush fire on eastern Long Island.

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WNYC News

Red Flag Warning Issued for Metro Area

Monday, April 09, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for the metropolitan area, effective until 8 p.m. on Monday. It’s the third such warning that there’s an increased risk of fires this month, according to the NWS.

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The Takeaway

Wildfires Continue to Blaze in Texas

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tropical Storm Lee caused floods along the Gulf Coast earlier this week, but in Texas the storm's high winds ignited over 180 fires last week, leaving more than 1,000 homes in ruins. It is now the single worst wildfire in the state's history, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has returned from the campaign trail to manage the response.

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The Takeaway

Winds Challenge Crews Battling U.S. Wildfires

Monday, June 20, 2011

Firefighters across the southwestern United States are facing some of the season's worst weather, as crews battle record blazes. The National Weather Service is warning that the hot temperatures, humidity and wind gusts as high as 60 mph pose an extreme fire risk. The largest fire began more than three weeks ago in Arizona and has burned into western New Mexico, destroying more than thirty homes and half a million acres. Michel Marizco,a reporter with our partner station in Arizona, KJZZ, speaks with us.

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Arizona Wildfire Threatens Regional Power Grid

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Wallow Fire in Arizona has forced thousands of residents to flee their homes. Firefighters have thus far been unable to control the blaze, which has been raging across the state for nearly two weeks, and now has spread over 600 square miles and is nearing the New Mexico border. The fire is now threatening the region's electrical grid, which could affect the power supply as far as Texas.

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WNYC News

Firefighters Battled 10-Hour Blaze in Queens

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Seven firefighters were injured during a 10-hour battle against a blaze that broke out in a building full of hazardous material in Jamaica, Queens.

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The Takeaway

Russian Fires Threaten Global Commodities Trade

Monday, August 09, 2010

A recent heat wave in Russia coupled with extraordinarily dry conditions has been feeding the most widespread wildfires in the nation’s recent history. The fires stretch from central Russia to near Moscow and are generating a devastating plume of smoke that has killed 52 people and destroyed over 2,000 homes. Those massive fires are having a secondary (and potentially more lasting) effect as they have threatened the Russian wheat crops, which make up about eight percent of the world’s wheat production.  

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WQXR News

Staten Island Neighborhood Reeling from Tragic Deaths of Entire Family

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Staten Island neighborhood of Port Richmond is in shock over the apparent murder-suicide of an entire family early Thursday morning. Police say it appears the oldest child, who was 14, is responsible. But neighbors who knew CJ Jones say they can't believe it.

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WNYC News

FDNY Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Firefighters protest fire house closures outside City Hall

Firefighters protest fire house closures outside City Hall

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says he'll be forced to close 16 firehouses unless the firefighters union agrees to reduce staff at 60 engine companies. Scoppetta says ...

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