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Fighting Western U.S. Wildfires Costing More than $1B, Agriculture Chief Says

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the federal government has spent more than $1 billion fighting this year’s deadly wildfires, which have scorched drought-stricken Western states. Vilsack told a news conference in Portland, Ore., he supported a bill that would …

Storm Watch Ends For Hawaii Islands, But Hurricane Churns

Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii’s Big Island, said he is most worried about the damage that more rain and sustained winds could do to the area as Hurricane Ignacio passes by this week. “I’m more worried about the rain. …

$198M in Property at High Risk from Chelan Wildfire in Washington

The massive Chelan wildfire in Washington poses a significant risk to roughly 634 homes with a total reconstruction cost of more than $198 million, an analysis of the ongoing fire issued Wednesday shows. The analysis by property information and data …

$2M in Fire Damage at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Cause Unknown

Fire officials said Monday they could not determine the cause of a fire that ripped through a 14th floor pool deck at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip and caused $2 million in damage. The Clark County Fire …

Small Quake Strikes Near Mammoth Lakes in California

A minor earthquake has hit a rural area near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but authorities say there have been no reports of damage. The United States Geological Survey reported Saturday that the preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday, …

Smoke Lifts over Washington fires, but Potential for Fire Growth Remains

The massive cloud of smoke began to lift over Washington wildfires over the weekend, but as air quality improves the fire’s behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said. “It’s like a flue opening in a fireplace,” said …

11,000 Firefighters on Front Lines in California Blazes

A large blaze burning for nearly three weeks in a recreation area outside Kings Canyon National Park has scorched more than 50 square miles and the flames were moving toward a popular lake, officials said Thursday. More than 1,000 firefighters were …

Oregon Crews Continue Fight With Home-Destroying Fire

Crews fighting a wildfire near John Day, Ore., spent Tuesday trying to strengthen control lines to protect further damage to homes. The lightning-sparked blaze on the Malheur National Forest has grown to 63 square miles and ruined at least 26 …

Washington Wildfires Remain Threat in Hot, Dry Weather

Crews continued their battle late Monday with several large fires threatening home in the Chelan area in central Washington. The blazes have destroyed more than 50 structures, forced about 1,500 residents to flee and scorched more than 155 square miles. …

Small Earthquake Jolts Northern California

A short sharp earthquake rattled California’s San Francisco Bay Area, but there are no reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Monday and was centered just north of Piedmont, near Berkeley. It was felt in …