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Earth-filled water from a heavy rainstorm begins to flow over a drainage creek during flooding which occurred three days after a deadly flash flood struck at the same location, causing millions of dollars in damage, in Manitou Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

First fire, then floods in besieged Western forest

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado’s Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man […]

08/26/2013

(AP Photo)

Fire near Yosemite Nat’l Park expands but park still open

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire burning in remote, steep terrain near Yosemite National Park has grown and is still threatening more than 2,000 houses, hotels and camp buildings. The California Department […]

08/21/2013

Small fire burns in rough terrain near Wrightwood

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say a wildfire near Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains is holding at 2.5 acres under an air response. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 1 […]

08/08/2013

(AP Photo)

Central Valley wildfire expands

HUNTINGTON LAKE, Calif. (AP) – A lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra National Forest about 75 miles northeast of Fresno grew to about 9,000 acres as firefighters battle smoke and steep terrain as well as the […]

07/28/2013

(AP Photo)

Calif. fire leads to campground closures

HUNTINGTON LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra National Forest about 75 miles northeast of Fresno has prompted the closure of multiple campgrounds. The U.S. Forest Service said Friday that the Aspen […]

07/26/2013

An air tanker makes a drop on the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet, Calif. on Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

Interactive guide to 50 years of wildfires

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07/19/2013

Location of Idyllwild, Calif., where 6,000 people were forced to flee wildfires. (AP)

Evacuations continue from S. Calif. wildfire

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs grew overnight and continued to threaten the town of Idyllwild Friday as crews kept an […]

07/19/2013

Irene Jenke, evacuates from her home on Morris Ranch Rd. with her pets from the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

Wildfire forces evacuation of Idyllwild

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in the Southern California mountains shut down the famed Pacific Crest Trail and was threatening a popular tourist destination Thursday, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 6,000 residents and […]

07/18/2013

Helicopter crews work the Mountain Fire as it burns in the wilderness near Lake Hemet, Calif. Tuesday, July 17th, 2013. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon)

SoCal wildfire forces more evacuations

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs. Large parts of the Southern California communities of Idyllwild and […]

07/17/2013

A female inmate hand crew from Puerta La Cruz and firefighters in an engine company with them set fire to reinforce the line to stave off part of the Mountain Fire burning up a hill toward them on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 off Apple Canyon Road near Lake Hemet, Calif. Tuesday, July 17th, 2013. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Crystal Chatham)

Idyllwild wildfire grows (PHOTOS)

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in mountains west of Palm Springs burned seven homes and led to the evacuation of dozens more, officials said. The blaze destroyed three houses, damaged another and destroyed three […]

07/17/2013

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