Wildfires

FILE: Fire Danger is very high in Summit County, where Rocky Mountain Power is considering temporar...
Eliza Pace

Firefighters prepare for wildfire season

As spring temperatures increase, wildland firefighters and public land managers are anticipating and preparing for what could be another challenging fire season. 
5 months ago
CIBECUE, AZ - JUNE 28:  Flames of the Rodeo/Chediski fire consumes the forest June 28, 2002 on the ...
FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

Flagstaff residents evacuated near wind-whipped Arizona wildfire

A fast-moving wildfire in rural northern Arizona ballooned to over 9 square miles Tuesday as winds whipped the flames, shut down a major highway and grounded aircraft that could drop water and fire retardant. About a couple hundred homes along U.S. 89, north of Flagstaff, were evacuated.
5 months ago
(Valencia County Fire Department)...
SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press

Wind whips destructive wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado

Firefighters are battling a wind-driven blaze that has burned at least 150 homes, barns and other structures in a mountain community in drought-stricken New Mexico.
6 months ago
The fire began Monday in the community of Belen. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma via...
Amanda Musa and Steve Almasy, CNN

1 firefighter injured, 19 structures damaged as wildfire burns in New Mexico

A New Mexico wildfire, dubbed the Big Hole fire, has scorched approximately 850 acres as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Valencia County officials.
6 months ago
An American flag rests on rubble of the Greenville Fire Department  destroyed by the Dixie Fire on ...
OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and MIKE LIEDTKE Associated Press

California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility, has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires sparked by its aging Northern California power lines and submit to five years of oversight in an attempt to prevent more deadly blazes.
6 months ago
(Pleasant Grove Fire Department)...
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Crews stop Utah County brush fire started by minor

Firefighters were able to contain a brush fire that was started by a minor playing with flint and steel.
6 months ago
BOULDER, CO - MARCH 26: An air tanker drops slurry on the NCAR Fire on March 26, 2022 in Boulder, C...
Associated Press

Officials lift most evacuation orders on Colorado wildfire

A wildfire south of Boulder that forced nearly 20,000 people to flee was listed at 21% contained and most evacuations had been lifted by Sunday morning, officials with Boulder Fire-Rescue said.
6 months ago
Firefighters battle the NCAR Fire, which has forced almost 20,000 people to evacuate their homes, b...
The Associated Pressg

Colorado wildfire forces evacuation orders for 19,000 people

Emergency officials say 19,000 Colorado residents are being ordered to evacuate Saturday due to a fast-moving wildfire in the area of a destructive 2021 blaze.
6 months ago
FILE: Box Elder County wildfire (Image courtesy Utah Fire info)...
Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

Utah saw a lighter fire season despite severe drought conditions, state firefighters say

Catastrophic fires raged across the West and despite severe drought conditions, Utah managed to come out of last wildfire season in good shape.
8 months ago
Crews at the Pack Creek Fire in southeastern Utah on June 15, 2021. (Utah Fire Info/Twitter)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah had fewer wildfires in 2021 despite record drought

Utah saw a remarkable turnaround during last year’s fire season despite a record-setting drought. The 2021 Utah Wildfire Annual Report released Monday showed Utah had 922 fewer fires in 2021 compared to 2020, a 62% decrease. 
8 months ago
In this aerial view from a drone, burned homes sit in a neighborhood decimated by the Marshall Fire...
COLLEEN SLEVIN & BRITTANY PETERSON, Associated Press

Some still don’t know fate of pets after Colorado wildfire

Most people safely evacuated from a fast-moving Colorado wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes last week. But dozens of homeowners either had pets who died, had to scramble to find them or still don’t know the fate of their dogs or cats.
9 months ago
A stop sign and street signage peeled and cracking after intense heat from a wildfire in the afterm...
BRITTANY PETERSON & EUGENE GARCIA, Associated Press

Official: Nearly 1K homes destroyed in Colorado wildfire

A Colorado official says nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed, hundreds more were damaged, and that three people are missing after a wildfire charred numerous neighborhoods in a suburban area northwest of Denver.
9 months ago
A high impact weather event in Colorado's Boulder County is pushing multiple grass fires.(National ...
Associated Press

2 Colorado cities evacuated because of wind-driven wildfires

Residents of two northern Colorado cities were ordered to evacuate Thursday because of wildfire.
9 months ago
A firefighting jet drops fire retardant as the Alisal Fire burns on October 13, 2021 near Goleta, C...
Associated Press

Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday.
11 months ago
Smoke was visible in Davis County Wednesday morning from a reported flare-up of the Legacy Fire. (C...
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Firefighters knock down reported flare-up of Legacy Fire in Davis County

Fire crews responded to a blaze early Wednesday morning that they believe was a flare-up of the Legacy Fire.
1 year ago
This photo provided by the Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2021,...
Associated Press

4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire

Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said.
1 year ago
This photo provided by the Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2021,...
Josh Ellis

Giant California sequoias wrapped in aluminum as fire nears

Firefighting crews are using a novel technique to defend California's iconic giant sequoias from a lightning-caused wildfire in the Sierra Nevada.
1 year ago
Fire advances along the Western Divide Highway during the SQF Complex Fire on September 14, 2020 ne...
The Associated Press

Fires shut Sequoia National Park, could threaten huge trees

Sequoia National Park has been shut down and its namesake gigantic trees are potentially threatened as forest fires burn in steep and dangerous terrain in California’s Sierra Nevada.
1 year ago
Heavy fire and smoke hits Rancheria Road and State Route 155 as the French Fire continues to spread...
AAMER MADHANI & ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press

Biden to survey wildfire damage, make case for spending plan

President Joe Biden will promote his administration’s use of the Defense Production Act to aid in wildfire preparedness during a Western swing in which he’ll survey wildfire damage in Idaho and California.
1 year ago
(Steve Greenwood)...
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Crews monitoring fire burning through Davis County wetlands

Crews are working to contain a wildfire that sparked Friday afternoon near the Farmington Bay area in Davis County.
1 year ago
FILE: Highway 50 is deserted as South Lake Tahoe is under mandatory evacuation due to the Caldor Fi...
The Associated Press

Official: Wildfire near Lake Tahoe largely kept from towns

A huge California wildfire near the Lake Tahoe resort region is about half contained.
1 year ago
Cal Fire firefighters pull a hose while battling the Caldor Fire on August 31, 2021 in Meyers, Cali...
SAM METZ, AP/Report for America

Lake Tahoe evacuation orders lifted, but fire threat remains

It's a milestone in the fight against a huge wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe area: Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for 22,000 residents of South Lake Tahoe.
1 year ago
A chimney remains a home that was destroyed by the Caldor Fire on September 1, 2021 in Twin Bridges...
Associated Press

South Lake Tahoe residents can return as fire threat eases

Tens of thousands of people forced to flee South Lake Tahoe could begin returning to their homes after evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings Sunday afternoon as crews made progress against a massive wildfire.
1 year ago
Highway 50 is deserted as South Lake Tahoe is under mandatory evacuation due to the Caldor Fire on ...
DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press

Lake Tahoe evacuees hope to return home as wildfire slows

Firefighters are making progress on a California wildfire threatening South Lake Tahoe, officials said Saturday, lifting hopes for tens of thousands of residents who are waiting this weekend to return to the resort town.
1 year ago
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