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Drone Nearly Blocks Firefighting Planes in California

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home …

Cost Of Fighting Washington Wildfires So Far: $50 Million

The cost of fighting this season’s wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state’s history, has crossed the $50 million mark. Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year’s wildfire season has been widespread, with …

California Wildfire Destroys 13 Homes, Hundreds of Homes at Risk

Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one home grew significantly overnight. East …

Better Weather May Help Firefighters Fight Massive Washington Blaze

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters Monday against a destructive wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles in Washington State. The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington had burned about 379 square miles, and the fire was …

Penn. Professor Studying Cardiovascular Stress on Volunteer Firefighters

Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building. Wearing heavy “bunker gear” and carrying other equipment …

Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand on California Wildfire

Nearly 2,000 firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in rural Northern California. Fire officials say the Monticello Fire near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County was 55 percent as of Tuesday morning, up 10 …

Wildfire Threatens Homes in New Mexico

Firefighters are bracing for another day of hot, dry and windy conditions as they battle a fast-moving wildfire in New Mexico. The Assayii Lake Fire blackened more than 19 square miles in less than two days while making its way …

Central California Blaze Exceeds 1,300 Acres

Firefighters worked to fight a Central California foothills fire late Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to 1,300 acres in two days. Officials urged some residents east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County to leave their homes, as fire …

California Governor: Unprecedented Fire Season

Gov. Jerry Brown says the state is gearing up for California’s worst fire season ever. Brown told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the nearly dozen fires in San Diego County that destroyed 11 homes and caused $20 million in …

Several San Diego Fires Ongoing, Some Evacuations Lifted

Several ongoing fires around San Diego, Calif. that started early in the week have destroyed at least eight homes, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses. The fires have burned more than 10,000 acres, and are being battled by more …