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Fire That Threatened 100 Homes in Nevada Began at Construction Site

Fire investigators say a blaze on the west edge of Reno, Nev. that threatened as many as 100 homes and destroyed two construction trailers started at a home construction site. Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charlie Moore says the specific cause …

Rain and Snow Help Montana Wildfires But Won’t End Season

Rain snow and cold have replaced heat and smoke after about two dry months on Montana’s fire lines, leaving crews scrambling for extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its …

M4.2 Earthquake Shakes Central Alaska

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has hit central Alaska, the Alaska Earthquake Center has confirmed. According to the center, the earthquake struck at 11:32 p.m. on Tuesday and its epicenter was 39 miles north of the town of Talkeetna, which has …

Fire Management Assistance Granted for California’s Pier Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to assist California in fighting the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County. The state submitted a request for a fire management assistance for the Pier Fire on Sept. …

Western U.S. Wildfires Force Evacuations of Thousands

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat. The fires caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to …

Oregon Wildfires Have Cost Taxpayers More Than $100M in 2017

Oregon wildfires already have burned nearly 500 square miles this year, as one of the state’s many multimillion-dollar forest fires this season smolders and flares away. The Register-Guard reported the blaze, started by lightning in remote, steep terrain on the …

Official Blames Humans for Utah’s Wildfire Cost Doubling

Utah State Forester Brian Cottam said “stupid human tricks” have led to the states’ wildfire bill being double what it usually is. Cottam says the cost to Utah for this year’s wildfires is projected to be $18 million, while the …

Small Quake Confirmed Near Alaska’s Largest City

A small earthquake hit the Cook Inlet region of Alaska near Anchorage, the state’s biggest city. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 2.8 earthquake struck at 9 a.m. Sunday a spot about 13 miles southwest of Anchorage. The earthquake …

Evacuations Ordered for Hundreds of Residents in California, Oregon

Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town of Sisters, Oregon, …

USGS Confirms Small Quake Hit Hawaii’s East Coast

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory confirmed. The USGS reported that the earthquake struck at 8:35 p.m. Friday about 66 miles northeast of the town …