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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 …

Southern California Wildfire More than Halfway Contained

The Etiwanda Fire in Southern California fueled by strong winds and high gusts that forced more than 1,000 evacuations is now 53 percent contained, according to fire officials. The fire in San Bernardino County around Rancho Cucamonga, which started on …

Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims

Two Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers. The widows of Andrew Ashcraft and William Warneke filed claims last month with the city of Prescott, stating their …

Evacuations Were Made Following Southern California Quake

A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday. Fire crews red-tagged 20 …