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UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Oregon fire crushes wheat farmers during bountiful harvest

Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

Wildfire destroys more than 100 Colorado homes ahead of holiday

A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders Tuesday and …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Headaches and raspy voices as wildfire smoke chokes US West

The smoke from massive wildfires hangs like fog over large parts of the U.S. West, an irritating haze causing health concerns, forcing sports teams to change schedules and disrupting life …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

A month-old wildfire flared up in western Montana, forcing the evacuation of hundreds more homes and devouring another large chunk of forest as the drought-stricken state struggles with one of …


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

Crews stop spread of huge California wildfire near Yosemite

LOS ANGELES – Crews contending with triple-digit temperatures slowed the spread of an aggressive wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in a rural area of California near Yosemite National Park, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Evacuees return home as wildfires across West calm down

Nearly all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across California as dozens of wildfires throughout the West were coming under control.


Crews battling 35 large, uncontained wildfires in the West

Thirty-five large, uncontained wildfires are burning in the West, and firefighters are making initial attacks on another 112 new fires trying to prevent them from getting big.


Fires destroy Utah mobile homes, block route to Yellowstone

Blazes in the U.S. West have blocked a major route to Yellowstone National Park during tourist season and tore through a mobile home park in Utah, leaving residences destroyed and …


Two BLM firefighters killed in Nevada crash

Two federal firefighters returning from a wildfire patrol in remote northern Nevada have been killed in a crash, while crews are battling blazes across the Western U.S.


Wind and heat are driving wildfires in the West

Fast-moving wildfires fanned by strong, erratic winds and high temperatures are burning in California and Arizona. Here’s a look at fires across the West:


New cameras keep electronic eye on Western wildfires

As the summer wildfire season heats up in the West, a growing network of online cameras installed on forested mountaintops is changing the way crews fight fires by allowing early …


California inferno supports predictions for another bad year

Stoked by winds, a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara roared down mountain slopes toward the Pacific Ocean, shutting down California’s major coastal highway and forcing a group of firefighters …


Investigators rule out natural causes for Sleepy Hollow Fire

New flames ignited in drought-stricken Washington state, not far from where a destructive wildfire reduced homes to rubble. Crews also are battling blazes in California and Nevada.