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Oregon State studies embers to fight spread of wildfires

An Oregon State University professor is using federal funds to conduct research on how embers form and spread during devastating wildfires.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

EU nations help Sweden as wildfires rage above Arctic Circle

Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades – including blazes above the Arctic Circle – prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and …


Several counties in Western Washington announce burn bans

Several counties in Western Washington have announced burn bans effective later this week.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Wildfires sweep through California amid heat rage

Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

California fire kills 1 as heat stokes blazes in Western U.S.

A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California’s border with Oregon killed one person and destroyed at least a dozen buildings as it burned largely out of control, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Growing wildfires in U.S. West keep thousands from homes

Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

Wildfire destroys more than 100 Colorado homes ahead of holiday

A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders Tuesday and …


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 …


Hilary Franz: We must come together to address our wildfire crisis and our forest health crisis

Most of us remember growing up when summer meant long, warm days full of running, swimming and playing in our great outdoors. Summer was always a welcome respite from gray …


California wildfire grows, 1,500 under evacuation orders

A wildfire in Northern California that forced about 1,500 people to flee their homes grew overnight and was heading toward a sparsely populated area in a region hit hard by …


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: Tue., June 19, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

Officials: Idaho as ready as possible for wildfire season

Idaho is as prepared as possible for the approaching wildfire season, with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned …


New wildfire erupts near Colorado ski resorts, houses

A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Report: Downed power lines sparked deadly California fires

Downed power lines caused a dozen Northern California wildfires last fall, including two that killed a total of 15 people, California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday. The …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 1:52 p.m.

Winds ease but deadly wildfires endure in Southwest U.S.

Frazzled residents in a part of rural northwestern Oklahoma paralyzed by days of wind-whipped wildfires expressed fear a blaze could overrun their home Wednesday, as firefighters battling the deadly fires …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy …


More than 2 dozen wildfires burning in Oklahoma, Texas

Strong winds are fueling more than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas.


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Silverwood Theme Park cancels Fourth of July fireworks display

Silverwood Theme Park is canceling its annual Fourth of July fireworks show amid concerns about fire danger.


Kent Woodruff: Major win for Washington wildfire fighting in congressional spending bill

Last week a major piece of congressional legislation was signed into law that will dramatically change the way we fight wildfires here in Washington. Thanks to the tireless efforts of …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Firefighters battling wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska

Firefighters are battling dozens of wildfires in Kansas and Nebraska that have erupted since the weekend, even as calmer winds on Wednesday helped contain or extinguish most of them.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Inyo County fire grows to 2,800 acres; evacuation orders still in place

Evacuation orders were still in effect Monday morning as firefighters tried to gain ground on a wind-fueled, 2,800-acre blaze burning in rural Inyo County.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Insurance claims from California wildfires near $12 billion

Insurance claims from last fall’s deadly California wildfires have reached $11.8 billion, making it the most expensive series of wildfires in state history, an official said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Lands Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to come up with targeted plan to fight carbon pollution

Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

California fire crews, homeowners brace for return of winds

After a welcome lull in powerful winds that drove Southern California’s massive wildfire, crews and homeowners were bracing Wednesday for the return of potentially dangerous gusts that could revive the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

Flames threaten coastal communities as firefighters mourn

Firefighters trying to prevent one of the biggest fires in California’s history from consuming homes in Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito were hoping less powerful wind …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

A major flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire has sent residents fleeing as flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.