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Utah wildfires force evacuations of hundreds of homes

A swift Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled its size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of homes, the U.S. Forest …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.

Evacuations ordered at Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Residents along a 4-mile stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in west-central Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Wallet? Check. Medicine? Check. Portable Toilet? Emergency officials create checklist for fleeing wildfire

If a wildfire is nearby and you need to evacuate, have your medicine, a flashlight, family heirlooms, lots of other essentials and maybe a portable toilet ready to take with …


Parts of Virginia city evacuate over possible dam failure

Officials in Virginia say a dam that overflowed Thursday is currently stable but are asking people who were evacuated to stay out of their homes until there’s dry weather.


New Oregon wildfire prompting mandatory evacuations

A new fast-moving fire has forced mandatory evacuations south of The Dalles.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

New fire erupts in Northern California; homes threatened

Firefighters struggling to contain destructive Northern California wildfires found themselves facing a new blaze that erupted Tuesday and drove through a rural area near a national forest.


Central Idaho recreation areas evacuated as wildfire burns

Authorities have evacuated some recreation areas in central Idaho because of extreme wildfire behavior in the region.


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Hope grows as deadly Northern California blaze slows down

The deadly Northern California wildfire that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes slowed down Sunday after days of explosive growth, giving officials hope even as …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Evacuations remain after rain slows down Chelan wildfire

A wildfire near Chelan has slowed down thanks to overnight rain, though officials warn that evacuation orders remain.


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Most of 200 tourists evacuated from flooding near Grand Canyon waterfalls

Rescue workers were evacuating about 200 tourists Thursday who were caught in flash flooding at a popular campground on tribal land near the Grand Canyon where visitors go to see …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

Evacuations ordered as winds fuel Northern California fires

Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Northern California wildfires prompt thousands to flee homes

Hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses were threatened Monday after wind-driven wildfires broke out over the weekend, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes throughout rural regions north …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

New cracks spew lava as Hawaii volcano erupts for 2nd week

A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Storm hits California, evacuations ordered in mudslide area

A major winter storm swept south through California on Thursday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds to mountains and steady rain elsewhere, while prompting mandatory evacuations for coastal areas to …


Major winter storm could threaten burn areas of California

A powerful winter storm was bearing down Wednesday on California and forecasters warned of heavy snowfall in the northern mountains while predictions of widespread rainfall elsewhere raised concern about flash …


Syria: Hundreds left behind in evacuations near Damascus

More than 400 patients on a U.N. list waiting for evacuations from a siege in Syria were left behind on Friday as the Red Cross said it had finished transferring …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, noon

Officials lift most California wildfire evacuations

VENTURA, Calif. – The worst appears to be over for a massive wildfire that plagued a wide swath of the Southern California coast for 2 1/2 weeks. The last mandatory …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

Rising winds fanned the Northern California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state’s fabled wine country and destroying more buildings.


Traffic nightmare as 500K people told to leave South Florida

The race to flee Hurricane Irma became a marathon nightmare as more than a half-million people were ordered to leave South Florida on Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 7:55 p.m.

Florida on edge, evacuations coming as Hurricane Irma nears

Hurricane Irma’s size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice on Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that …


New evacuation notices issued for Washington state wildfire

New evacuations notices were issued overnight Saturday because of the Jolly Mountain fire, which has burned more than 23 square miles near Cle Ellum, Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Wildfires burn around Oregon; 4,500 people evacuated

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island, affecting air quality throughout the state and forcing the evacuations of more than 4,500 …


New evacuations ordered on western Montana wildfires

Law enforcement officers have ordered new evacuations near two western Montana wildfires.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Harvey is causing ‘epic catastrophic flooding’ in Houston – why wasn’t the city evacuated?

Should Houston have been evacuated? If so, why wasn’t it?


Fire burns outside Montana capital city; evacuations ordered

A lightning-caused wildfire in western Montana prompted evacuations just outside the capital city of Helena on Thursday, and some residents on the south side of the community were told to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 4:48 p.m.

Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

A month-old wildfire flared up in western Montana, forcing the evacuation of hundreds more homes and devouring another large chunk of forest as the drought-stricken state struggles with one of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Thousands in Arizona flee flames as wildfires sweep West

A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 10 p.m.

Southern California pounded by intense storm and flooding

The third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California on Sunday, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns …


Southern California wildfire evacuees allowed to return home

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove thousands from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return. …


Northern California wildfire grows; more evacuations ordered

More evacuation orders have been issued as a wildfire grows in Northern California, threatening a lake community of about 1,300 that was evacuated a year ago because of a destructive …