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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 …


Interstate 5 reopens after California blaze forces closure

A major interstate that connects California and Oregon reopened Monday after a wildfire roared along the roadway and forced a six-day closure while burned trees and charred vehicles were removed.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Missing hiker disoriented by smoke located

Authorities say an avid hiker who was missing in western Washington state after becoming disoriented by hazy wildfire smoke has been located.


Air quality wrecking practice schedules

It’s tough enough getting ready for high school football season, but harder still when coaches are prohibited from putting their teams on the field outdoors for practice. The poor air …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

Spokane air quality reaches ‘hazardous’ range

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the “hazardous” range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 1:56 p.m.

Science says: ‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has …


California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.


Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, tight lodging

Yosemite National Park reopened its scenic valley Tuesday after a nearly three-week closure due to nearby wildfires but advised visitors to expect smoky air, limited lodging and food services at …


Car tab fees would be used to pay for paving of dirt road to small, historic neighborhood near Kendall Yards

City officials and neighbors say paving a 900-foot stretch of dirt road is necessary due to the threat of uncontrollable fires and stormwater runoff. But a citizens board tasked with …


Trump’s tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims

The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire

Firefighters made significant progress trying to tamp down a wildfire that threatened homes and has been raging for days south of Los Angeles, officials said Saturday.


Ask Dr. Universe: How do some trees survive after being burned in a wildfire?

While it might seem like wildfires only cause destruction, they are actually a natural and important part of keeping forests healthy.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

14,000 firefighters, inmates to foreigners, aid California

Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state’s largest-ever wildfire but didn’t expect to have it fully under control until September.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


Northern California blazes now largest in state history

Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Gov. Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as California battles 17 blazes

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.


‘Hazardous’ smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

Yosemite National Park’s iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and is rivaling Beijing.


Temporary shooting ban to be placed amid fire threats

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is placing a temporary statewide restriction on firearm use to fire-prevention rules already in place on state-managed lands.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

‘Fire whirl’ brings critical conditions in Northern California

Firefighters battling deadly and destructive blazes in Northern California faced worsening weather conditions on Friday after a record-breaking fire tornado last week.


Outdoor burning on DNR land banned statewide

The state Department of Natural Resources will prohibit outdoor burning statewide effective Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Wildfires prompted emergency call for Guard help

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of wildfires in Eastern Washington and called out National Guard troops to help fight the fires.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Washington governor declares wildfire state of emergency

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in the entire state due to wildfire threats.


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: Fri., July 27, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

Science says record heat, fires worsened by climate change

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

‘Terrifying’ tornadoes of flame burn 500-plus California structures

A wildfire that roared with little warning into a Northern California city claimed two lives as thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

California fire burns homes, injures firefighters, civilians

Fire stoked by hot and windy weather raged through a forest in far northern California on Thursday. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer conditions aided firefighters on the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Police arrest man suspected of starting California wildfire

Homes burned as a fast-moving wildfire forced an entire Southern California mountain town to evacuate Wednesday, while tourists emptied from the heart of Yosemite National Park so firefighters could battle …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Heart of Yosemite park to close as crews battle blaze

The heart of Yosemite National Park, where throngs of tourists are awe-struck by cascading waterfalls and towering granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome, will be closed as firefighters …