wildfires

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

  OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park […]

08/19/2014

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)

Southern California wildfire burns out of control

  KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California’s Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill said […]

08/19/2014

A firefighter watches for spot fires during a burnout operation while battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Lightning starts dozens of new fires in Northwest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning has started dozens of new fires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment as a new round of storms approaches. Meanwhile, three firefighters who deployed emergency shelters […]

08/12/2014

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Hot summer weather means high risk of wildfires

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Southland once again will be gripped by high heat today, and forecasters warned it would last until the middle of next week, along with an elevated risk of wildfire. Today’s […]

07/25/2014

The Watermelon Hill fire consumes trees after crossing Pine Springs Road near Fish Trap, Wash., Saturday July 19, 2014. The wildfire is growing rapidly and is moving in a southeast direction toward timber. A level three evacuation order has been given to people living near the path of the fire. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square […]

07/20/2014

Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington. The blaze threatened more than 200 homes and […]

07/11/2014

A sculpture hangs on a fence in front of a burning structure during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three […]

05/18/2014

Marines move military vehicles near the entrance to Marine Corps Camp Pendleton in front of smoke plumes from the Las Pulgas wildfire burning on base Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. Still, crews were focusing efforts on two large fires — one in the city of San Marcos and two blazes at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Calmer winds help firefighters gain control

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for […]

05/17/2014

Smoke plumes rise behind the  Marine Corps Camp Pendleton entrance Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Arson suspect charged, most blazes dying down

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most […]

05/17/2014

This Aug.16, 2013 photo shows helicopters battling the 64,000 acre Beaver Creek Fire north of Hailey, Idaho.  (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith, File)

Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon […]

03/17/2014

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