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  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 2- The threat of wildfires to oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta eased on Tuesday as two companies forced to evacuate staff from the region began checking equipment abandoned for more than a week, though production has not yet resumed. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd said on Tuesday its staff are making safety checks at its...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 1- Firefighters made progress battling wildfires in northern Alberta on Monday that have shut in 10 percent of total oil sands production, and workers began returning to some sites to assess damage. The Western Canadian province of Alberta is the major source of U.S. oil imports. The wildfire hazard in the Lac la Biche region, where Cenovus...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 1- Firefighters made progress tackling wildfires in the key oil-producing region of northern Alberta on Monday, although a number of oil sands projects stayed shut down, keeping around 10 percent of total oil sands production offline. The Western Canadian province of Alberta is the major source of U.S. oil imports. The wildfire hazard in...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 28- Firefighters battled wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada's biggest crude-producing region, for a sixth day on Thursday, with two blazes near oil sands facilities still out of control. That blaze has forced Cenovus Energy Inc and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd to shut down production and evacuate staff from their Foster Creek and...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 27- A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly doubled in size to 17,000 hectares on Wednesday, although firefighters made some progress tackling blazes elsewhere in the oil-rich Western Canadian province. The fires have forced energy companies operating in Alberta, the largest source of U.S. oil...

  • Alberta wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    CALGARY, Alberta, May 27- A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly doubled in size to 17,000 hectares on Wednesday, although firefighters made some progress tackling blazes elsewhere in the oil-rich Western Canadian province. Geoffrey Driscoll, a wildfire information officer at the Alberta government, said the fire...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- Statoil ASA, MEG Energy Corp and Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated hundreds of workers from three oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. The Alberta government said there are 70 forest fires now burning in the province, with 20 considered out of control.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated all 90 workers from its Narrows Lake oil sands project in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as a precaution against wildfires, the company said. Cenovus, which shut down operations at its Foster Creek project over the weekend, joined MEG Energy and Statoil in pulling workers from their sites on Tuesday as the...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- Statoil ASA and MEG Energy Inc evacuated non-essential staff from oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. The Alberta government said there are 66 forest fires now burning in the province, with 19 considered out of control. Statoil evacuated around 110...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- MEG Energy Inc said on Tuesday it was suspending operations at its 80,000 barrel per day Christina Lake oil sands project and evacuated non-essential staff as wildfires rage through northeastern Alberta. At least 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands production, nine percent of Alberta's total oil sands output, has been suspended in...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 8- Wildfires sweeping through southeast Australia are carrying with them the spectre of a silent killer for grapes growing in the nearby Adelaide Hills wine region. As fears grow that climate change is lengthening the time and severity of Australia's bushfire season, government funding to find a solution to the phenomenon is drying up.

  • Meet Lockheed Martin's fleet of firefighting drones Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Meet Lockheed Martin's fleet of firefighting drones

    Lockheed Martin wants to use its unmanned helicopter--the K-Max--as a firefighting tool. Check out the drone in action in video courtesy of Lockheed.

  • Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 AM ET
    Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

    Firefighters in California continue to battle a blaze that has destroyed or damaged homes, businesses and two churches.

  • Wildfires in Northern California burn 100 homes Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    Wildfires in Northern California burn 100 homes

    A wildfire threatening an entire town in Northern California is just one of a dozen major blazes burning across the state. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports from Weed, Calif.

  • Forest fire threatens illegal marijuana grows Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:29 PM ET
    Forest fire threatens illegal marijuana grows

    A massive fire in Northern California has so far burned close to 12,000 acres and injured 12 people. CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the costs to the state, as well as to marijuana growers.

  • LA wildfire dangers Friday, 17 Jan 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    LA wildfire dangers

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports a drought emergency has been declared in California which allows the state to hire more fire fighters. Wells also comments on earthquake insurance policies, 90 percent of California homes do not have quake insurance protection.

  • SoCal wild fires continue to rage Friday, 17 Jan 2014 | 1:02 PM ET
    SoCal wild fires continue to rage

    The Weather Channel's Julie Martin reports on the wild fires spreading across Southern California. Approximately 1800 acres have burned east of Los Angeles.

  • Fire rages near LA Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 4:22 PM ET
    Fire rages near LA

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on unexpected wildfires near Los Angeles. Park rangers have updated the fire danger level to extreme.

  • California drought spikes lettuce and tomato prices Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 2:42 PM ET
    California drought spikes lettuce and tomato prices

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports how a record-breaking dry spell in California is affecting farmers and crops.

  • Boardwalk blaze & Colorado floods Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 4:24 PM ET
    Boardwalk blaze & Colorado floods

    Nearly a year after Super Storm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, a fire has blazed through dozens of businesses on the Seaside Park boardwalk. CNBC's Scott Cohn has the latest. And NBC's Leanne Gregg reports from Boulder, Colorado, after 3 days of extremely heavy rain and floods killed at least 3 people.