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More evacuations in wildfire near Utah ski resort town

Firefighters were bracing for strong winds Monday as they fought a southern Utah wildfire that’s forced more than 1,500 people from homes and cabins as crews in California got a handle on a brush fire that closed a freeway.

Death toll from wildfire in Portugal rises to 63

The death toll for the massive fire in central Portugal climbed to 63 on Monday after an injured firefighter died in hospital, the league of Portuguese firefighters said in their website.

Three men deny negligent arson in damaging forest fire

Three 18-year-old Hamilton men have pleaded not guilty to negligent arson. Prosecutors alleged they failed to fully extinguish a campfire in the Bitterroot National Forest in late July that days later sparked a wildfire that burned more than 13 square miles, destroyed 16 homes and led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest

After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this year thanks to a heavy winter snowpack and some rain in the spring and summer.

Crews fight brush fire near Indian Canyon Golf Course

A brush fire Thursday afternoon near Indian Canyon Golf Course sent clouds of smoke into the sky during rush-hour traffic as flames towered just on the edge of Greenwood Memorial Terrace cemetery. Water drops from two helicopters helped firefighters build a hasty containment line amid late afternoon winds that worried neighbors.

Prescribed burns to start in Upper CdA River area

PUBLIC LANDS -- Hikers and anglers need to be aware that the Forest Service will begin prescribed burning in the Upper Coeur d'Alene River area starting Sunday, May 3. Here's the notice from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests: Beginning on Sunday, May 3, 2015 firefighters...

Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington

Steve Parker had two reactions to last summer’s wildfires in Central Washington: a deep empathy for the people who lost homes and businesses, followed by the thought, “What if that happened here?” It wasn’t hard for the Stevens County commissioner to imagine a catastrophic wildfire sweeping through northeast Washington.

Fire lookouts hang on to lofty legacy

Fire lookouts had their heydays in the first half of the 20th century, especially during a building boom on national forests and other public lands during the Great Depression. The Civilian Conservation Corps was dispatched to help erect cabins and towers for fire detection on peaks with the best views of the landscape below.

Lookout getting a new outlook

Volunteers recently began refurbishing a national forest lookout ravaged by age, weather and vandalism on Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River. The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with Lutherhaven Ministries and the Forest Fire Lookout Association to renovate three historic structures: the Spyglass lookout tower, an outhouse and a ground cabin where workers who staffed the lookout lived when the lookout was operational.

Air Force plane crashes battling forest fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A military cargo plane from North Carolina has crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota, but there’s no official word on death or injuries.