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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 …

Second Largest Wildfire Year in History for Alaska

This summer’s fire season has officially become the second biggest on record in Alaska. More than 5,081,000 acres, or 7,940 square miles,  have burned this year. That surpasses the nearly 5.05 million acres burned in 1957 for second place on …

Northern California Wildfire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations

A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber over the weekend, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. The blaze forced evacuations of some communities in and near Nevada …

Officials Say Washington Wildfire Was Human-Caused

Officials say a wildfire that has burned one home and torched nearly 6 square miles in southeastern Washington was likely human-caused. Fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster says the cause is under investigation, though officials determined lightning was not the cause. Nearly …

Evacuation Orders Lifted in Washington Wildfire

Evacuations orders have been lifted for a Central Washington wildfire, officials said Tuesday. Firefighters worked to continue strengthening fire lines, and do mop up work on the 22,212 acre blaze, which is now 80 percent contained, according to fire officials. …

Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona

The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

Firefighters Battle Blazes in 4 Western States

Wildfires are sweeping through several dry Western states, including a massive blaze burning out of control in Northern California. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them: Northern California A wildfire has grown to …

Southern California Forest Fire 17 Sq. Miles And Growing

The huge fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles has grown by another thousand acres and has now scorched more than 17 square miles of mountains. The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze sending up …

Another Alaska Wildfire Prompts More Evacuations

Firefighters are battling a second wildfire in Alaska and officials say hundreds of homes have been evacuated and six structures have burned. The fast-moving blaze erupted Monday on the Kenai Peninsula, roughly 100 miles south of a major wildfire that …

Ground Gained Large Wildfire in Northern California

Firefighters made progress late Sunday in battling a lightning-sparked Northern California wildfire that has been burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for five days, officials said. Light winds helped firefighters directly attack the 1,480-acre blaze as they worked in hot, …