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 […]


An aircraft drops fire retardant on the Colby Fire on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, near Azusa, Calif. Firefighters were chasing flare-ups Friday morning in the damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Crews make progress on destructive California fire

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A destructive wildfire above foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles was reduced to smoke and scattered flames Friday, but the charred landscape remained too dangerous for 2,000 people to return to […]


A helicopter carrying water flies over the residential area as a man sprays water on his home on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Azusa, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Colby Fire 30 percent contained

GLENDORA (CNS) – Firefighters overnight battled a flareup of the so- called Colby Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora but kept the fire from spreading outside the 1,700-acre containment area. The fire, […]


Calif. wildfires: State of emergency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties where wildfires have forced evacuations, closed roads and destroyed dozens of homes and other structures. The governor […]


Weekend thunderstorms fuel Calif. wildfires

(AP) – An uncontained wildfire in Northern California‘s Plumas National Forest has consumed more than 16 square miles, fueled by winds from weekend thunderstorms. Officials say the Chips Fire grew in multiple directions on Sunday, […]


More tough conditions for firefighters

(AP) – Fire crews in Colorado are slowly gaining control over the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs. The fire ranks as the most destructive in state history, having destroyed nearly 350 houses, but it’s […]


Colorado firefighters get break from hot weather

(AP) – Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire burning on more than 100 square miles in northern Colorado that has destroyed more homes than any other in state history, but some residents were on […]