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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 …

Crew completes stabilization efforts on Montana dormitory

The efforts to stabilize the remains of a historic Montana dormitory that was severely damaged by an Aug. 31 wildfire are done.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country’s second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Lighter winds help crews gain on California wildfires

With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

California firefighters say they’re gaining the upper hand

With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they were finally getting the upper hand against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the …

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

Fire District 3 sends crew, engine to help in California

In response to a call for assistance, Clark County Fire District 3 on Friday afternoon sent an engine to respond to the fires ravaging Northern California.

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Teams report first progress against wine country wildfires

Communities in Northern California prepared for another day under siege Friday, despite being driven to exhaustion by evacuations, destruction and danger in the deadliest week of wildfires the state has …

Goodman: Trump lies as global warming’s victims die

Legendary independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone often cautioned, “All governments lie.” But even Izzy would have been dizzy with the deluge of lies pouring out of the Trump administration, including …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

Searchers look for bodies in California’s charred ruins

Search-and-rescue teams, some with cadaver dogs, started looking for bodies Thursday in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires, authorities said, sounding a warning that more dead were almost …