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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.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Fast-moving flames force people to flee on a moment’s notice

On Friday, the first fire-related death in the California wildfires was confirmed by the Ventura County medical examiner’s office.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Wildfire destroys mobile homes in California retirement park

A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of trailer homes in a retirement community …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

New blaze erupts in tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles

A wildfire erupted in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed …

Grazing returns to federal lands affected by 2015 wildfires

Ranchers in Idaho and Oregon have begun grazing their cattle again on some of the nearly 280,000 acres burned in wildfires in 2015.

Officials seek aid for businesses affected by wildfires

Economic leaders are looking to ask Oregon lawmakers to aid small businesses impacted by the summer’s harsh fire season.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

California wineries assess wildfires’ long-term effects

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but …

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more U.S. wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires but grounded by U.S. officials during much of this year’s fire season could be aloft much more next year.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

California asks for $7.4 billion to help wildfire recovery

California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. government Friday for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine country, killing …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

House approves bill to speed logging to combat wildfires

Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of …

State taking positive steps to stem wildfires

The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.

California wildfire insurance claims top $3.3 billion

Property damage claims from a series of deadly October wildfires now exceed $3.3 billion, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday.

Gianforte calls for lawsuit reform, more money for wildfires

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte says blocking frivolous lawsuits and boosting emergency spending on wildfires would help restore Montana’s forests to better health.

Flames wane but wildfire hazards remain for hikers, hunters

While the flames have been doused in most areas, Northwest wildfires continue to impact mountain access for hikers and hunters.

Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.

California fires razed 8,400 buildings, evacuees check homes

Some Northern California residents who fled their houses nearly two weeks ago as wildfires threatened them started returning home Friday to see what is still standing. Authorities raised the number …

In brief: Conrad Anker presents climbing film to benefit wildfire relief

Although the climbing movie MERU has already played in Spokane, there are several good reasons to see it again when it screens tonight (Oct. 19) , 7 p.m., at the …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.

Massive Oregon wildfire may help fight against tree disease

BROOKINGS, Ore. – Usually the parking lot at Brookings’ harbor is filled with boat trailers, rusty pickup trucks and tourists. But this day in late August is not a usual …