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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.


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 …