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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 …

Feds Say Brake Problems Preceded Derailment in Pennsylvania

Crews encountered air brake problems before a 178-car freight train derailed in Pennsylvania earlier this month, causing hazardous material to ignite and forcing nearby residents to evacuate, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report issued Monday said …

Final Evacuees From Pennsylvania Derailment, Fire Return Home

The last of the evacuated residents of a small Pennsylvania town were finally able to return to their homes one week after a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire. CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said residents of 40 …

California Chemical Plant Fire Results in $2M in Damage

The Gar Tootelian agricultural chemical plant in Reedley, Calif. caught fire, causing more than an estimated $2 million in damage and sending up a plume of smoke that was visible across a wide area. The Fresno Bee reported more than …

Fire Investigators Pinpoint Unit Where Deadly Honolulu High-Rise Blaze Began

Fire investigators said the apartment where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high-rise was near the two units on the 26th floor where the bodies of three victims were found, but they’re still working to determine the cause. The …

Fire Destroys 3 Mobile Homes in Oregon, 2 Were Uninsured

A fire southeast of Eugene, Ore., destroyed three mobile homes and sent a man to a Portland hospital. Residents of the mobile home park tell The Register-Guard that two dogs and four cats died. The fire happened Monday at the …

Homes Near Northern Arizona Wildfire Have Evacuations Lifted

Homeowners in northern Arizona were given the green light to return days after being displaced by a fast-moving wildfire, while residents more than 200 miles away fled their homes after a blaze forced an evacuation of a small mountain community …

Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Rural California Town

Crews have stopped the forward progress of a small wildfire in Central California that has triggered evacuations in a rural area north of Fresno. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 225-acre blaze was more than 15 …

$300K Settlement in 2012 Utah Fire to be Paid by Insurer

Utah officials have reached a $300,000 settlement with a man accused of starting a 2012 fire that led to the evacuation than 1,000 northwestern Utah homes. The Daily Herald reported the Utah County Commission approved the settlement with Kenneth Nielsen …

Southern California to See Spike in Temperatures, Fire Risk

Temperatures are climbing along with the risk of wildfires as a spring heat wave moves into Southern California. Forecasters predict temperatures in the 80s across greater Los Angeles this week, and some spots could see triple digits as the week …