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Milder wind helps firefighters in Texas, Okla.

Date: 4/10/2009SEAN MURPHYAssociated Press WriterMIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters mopped up hot spots Friday from wind-driven wildfires that injured at least 34 people in western and central Oklahoma and destroyed more than 100 homes.Three…

Australian wildfire survivors seek help to rebuild

Date: 2/19/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterWHITTLESEA, Australia (AP) — The electrician's tools were incinerated, the trucker's rig reduced to a useless, burned shell. The deadly wildfires that swept southern Australia destroyed…

Australian churchgoers mourn wildfire victims

Date: 2/15/2009By TANALEE SMITHAssociated Press WriterWHITTLESEA, Australia (AP) — Australians mourning the lives lost in horrific wildfires last week sought comfort at churches Sunday even as firefighters continued to battle a dozen blazes…

Campfire group won't face charges for Calif. blaze

Date: 2/14/2009SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Ten people who built a campfire won't be charged with igniting a wildfire last fall that destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito, prosecutors said Friday.Santa Barbara…

Proving murder in case of wildfire arson difficult

Date: 2/14/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterSYDNEY (AP) — Outrage over the Australian wildfires that killed more than 180 people last week was white hot after police said some of the blazes may have been deliberately set.The prime…

Families settle with utility over Texas wildfire

Date: 11/8/2008By ANGELA K. BROWNAssociated Press WriterFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ An attorney says more than 100 families have settled a lawsuit with a utility whose damaged equipment sparked a devastating wildfire.Attorney Bill Altman says the…