forest fires - updates

Rappler's latest stories on forest fires

ARTICLE FINDER

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

The 'Camp Fire' is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across California, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map

FIRE DEATHS. Yuba County Sheriff officers carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hundreds flee as fire rages in southern France

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained after ravaging 500 hectares 1 250 acres of pine forest and bush 40 kilometers 25 miles southwest of Montpellier the fire service says

France

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

Jun 22, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Civil protection official Carlos Tavares says the fire in Gois affected 20 000 hectares The firefighting effort involves nearly 2 400 firemen and water bombing planes

Questions over fire response as Portugal battles blaze

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:19 PM

As water bombing planes make regular passes over the flames there were growing questions as to whether the response to the disaster could have been better

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.  A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

Jun 19, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Jun 18, 2017 - 11:42 PM

4th UPDATE Many of the fatalities were burnt to death in their cars the government says

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.  A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar had been put on alert as the fire tore through 230 hectares 570 acres in just a few hours amid strong winds and soaring temperatures

IN FLAMES. Picture released on March 12, 2017 by Aton Chile shows firefighters working to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso. Raul Zamora / Aton Chile / Handout / AFP

Chile farmers fight forest fire 'catastrophe'

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Flames have destroyed 155 000 hectares 600 square miles of land in the center of the country and at least 4 000 people have been evacuated

Picture taken during a forest fire in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Indonesia hits back at Singapore in latest haze row

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:48 PM

If Singapore could easily try Indonesian citizens it could be a violation of Indonesia s sovereignty

EPICENTER. In Palangkaraya, the smoke from forest fires are a thick, acrid yellow. Photo from EPA

Indonesia pushes for ban on palm oil operations after forest fires

May 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Downside? The ban could affect the economy

TOP PRODUCER. An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Mt Apo still on fire in Davao responder's video

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Responders need bolos machetes shovels pikes gloves chainsaws and food

Firefighters battle Mt Apo fire

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED Accounts say the fire started at 1 pm on Black Saturday along the blueberry area near the Mt Apo summit the highest peak in the country and a major tourist spot

FIRE. Fire on the Mt Apo summit is reported on Black Saturday. Its cause is still undetermined. Photo by Philip Dizon

Orangutans burnt to death in Indonesia

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The charred bodies of the endangered Bornean orangutans believed to be a mother and her two daughters were discovered among fire blackened remains of trees their limbs outstretched and grimaces of pain on their faces

ENDANGERED. Orangutans in Indonesia lose their habitats and their lives to forest fires. File photo by EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:17 AM

One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP

Forest fire in Lanao del Sur feared volcano-related

Jan 22, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The site of the fire has an active volcano Mount Makaturing

FOREST FIRE. Smoke rises from a orest fire between Mount Latukan and Mount Piagayungan in barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur on January 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Indonesia punishes firms over deadly forest fires

Dec 22, 2015 - 5:17 PM

It is the first time the government has revoked company licences over forest fires an annual occurrence caused by slash and burn land clearance

CHOKING HAZE. Commuters travel along a road as thick haze blankets Pekanbaru. AFP PHOTO / FORZA ALFACHROZIE

Haze price tag, $16B: Fires cost Indonesia twice the tsunami bill

Dec 15, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Indonesia s economy took a 16 billion hit this year from forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in haze more than double the sum spent on rebuilding Aceh after the 2004 tsunami the World Bank said

FOREST FIRES. The Indonesian economy took a big hit from the fires that razed Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Illegally smuggled orangutans returned to Indonesia

Nov 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Orangutans are native to the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra but they are often illegally smuggled throughout Southeast Asia either for private zoos or as pets

Indonesia orangutans attacked by villagers after fleeing forest fires

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human animal conflict

ANALYSIS: Jokowi should use haze crisis to finally trigger reform in Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:48 AM

Indonesia’s public health crisis and ecological calamity presents Jokowi with an opportunity to finally enact reforms in the forest and plantation sectors that his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono failed to implement

JOKOWI'S CHANCE. President Joko Widodo must use the forest fires as a trigger for reform. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Haze death toll doubles, Indonesia rises in ease of doing business rankings

Oct 29, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include desperate residents fighting forest fires themselves and the Washington Post mistaking the Indonesian defense minister for President Joko Widodo

HAZE VICTIM. Kristian in Palangkaraya is one of many people suffering from the haze. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Death toll from haze nearly doubles

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:07 PM

The number of dead climbs from 10 to 19

HAZE VICTIM. Kristian in Palangkaraya is one of many people suffering from the haze. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Can't wait for gov't: Desperate residents fight forest fires on their own

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Communities worst exposed to the toxic smog are becoming increasingly frustrated at authorities in Jakarta insisting not enough is being done to aid their plight

FIGHTING FIRE. College students fight fires themselves. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Haze in parts of the Philippines: 9 ways to stay healthy

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Children the elderly and people with chronic respiratory problems are those particularly at risk of health problems due to exposure to haze

Endangered orangutans sick, stressed after Indonesian fires destroy their habitat

Oct 27, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Many orangutans rescued from the fires are malnourished and dehydrated and terrified of humans after hostile encounters with villagers when forced to search further afield for food

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi meets Obama, deadly South Asia quake

Oct 27, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Other stories include warships arriving to help haze victims and updates on Asia stocks

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Jokowi cuts US trip short to attend to haze crisis

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The Palace confirmed that President Joko Widodo is canceling the San Francisco leg of his trip due to the complaints from the public on the impact of the haze on their health

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Warships arrive to help thousands affected by haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Our warships are ready to evacuate residents whether to these temporary shelters or even on board We are prepared for that

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

'No escape': The desperate state of Indonesians living in haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:04 PM

Usually we just endured it even though we had headaches and felt nauseous But it has got so bad lately that I can t take it anymore I can t even breathe fresh air

EPICENTER. In Palangkarya, the smoke from forest fires are a thick, acrid yellow. Photo from EPA

Menorca’s ‘detention,’ Escudero-Binay meet, haze crisis | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Singapore to ASEAN: Do something about haze

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:54 PM

ASEAN must take firm and decisive action through enhanced regional cooperation to help prevent the recurrence of this transboundary problem

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Philippines cancels flights, alerts hospitals over haze

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Filipino authorities warn ash levels are becoming increasingly dangerous in the southern and central islands

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

Oct 24, 2015 - 3:06 PM

Indonesian disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says fires caused by slash and burn farming had killed 10 people

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Thai officials Thursday said air quality had dipped to unhealthy levels in 7 southern provinces with particularly high readings in southwestern Songkhla province where some flights have been delayed or turned back

SUFFOCATING HAZE. Haze suffocates parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Castration for pedophiles, greenhouse gases from forest fires

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Other news include the new hajj stampede death toll and the human trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia

Indonesia forest fires produce more greenhouse gas than all US economic activity

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The shock assessment came as Jakarta said the number of blazes was increasing across the archipelago despite a multinational fire fighting effort

GREENHOUSE GASES. The forest fires from Indonesia are emitting more greenhouse gases than all US economic activity according to a report. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia haze reaches cities in Mindanao

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Monsoon winds blowing northeast from Indonesia has brought haze to Davao and other parts of Mindanao

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Churches demolished, wildfire kills hikers

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the state of the rupiah and updates on the raging forest fires

CHURCHES DESTROYED. A photo of the church destroyed in Aceh during riots on October 14. Photo by EPA

'Indonesia fires can't be put out by human intervention'

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:55 PM

Even the multi nation effort now under way is not enough to put out the fires says a Malaysian minister

UNSTOPPABLE. A Malaysian minister says he does not believe the Indonesian forest fires can be put out. Photo by EPA

Malaysia schools close again due to haze from Indonesia

Oct 19, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Despite the biggest operation to combat forest fires the haze still forces school closures in neighboring Malaysia

HAZE IN KL. An aerial view of the skyline shrouded in a thick haze, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Rail deal signed, biggest operation vs forest fires

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include an analysis on the effect of the China Indonesia rail deal on foreign investors and Typhoon Koppu lashing the Philippines

ITS A GO. This photo shows scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains. Bay Ismoyo/AFP