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California Wildfire Now Costliest in U.S. History to Fight at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released this week. The fire has cost $206.7 million …

Washington Governor Declares Emergency in 20 Counties in Wake of Wildfires

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources. Inslee issued the declaration Tuesday after touring fires in the Spokane region. Inslee noted that …

See More Heat, Fire Danger in Store for Southern California

More high heat and elevated fire danger is in store for much of Southern California, especially interior areas. The National Weather Service says the scenario is due to an upper-level high-pressure system combined with weakening onshore flow near the surface. …

Wildfire Destroys More than 100 Homes in Northern California

A wildfire stuck a Northern California town still recovering from a massive fire nearly a year ago, destroying more than 100 homes and forcing thousands to flee, authorities said Monday. Gusts kicked up flames on Sunday and the fire tore …

Wildfires Threaten Homes in Central California

Crews contended with blistering temperatures Monday as they tried to beat back a wildfire that burned rural homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in California’s Central Valley, while cooler weather gave firefighters a break as they battled a 10-day-old blaze …

Tourism Decline in California’s Scenic Big Sur Sparked by Wildfire

Lodge managers and cafe owners along California’s dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just …

California Wildfire Shuts Down Picturesque Big Sur

State parks along the California’s famed Big Sur coastline were closed Tuesday as one of the state’s two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. The Big Sur fire threatened a long stretch …

Containment on Massive California Wildfire Increases

Containment has increased on a wildfire north of Los Angeles, which has grown to more than 58 square miles. Officials report the blaze is 25 percent surrounded as of today, and most of the evacuation orders affecting 10,000 homes were lifted …

California Wildfires Gut Homes, Force Evacuations

Thousands were forced to flee a wildfire burning in tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes in northern Los Angeles County. The blaze momentum two days after it broke out. About 300 …

Southern Colorado Wildfire Now 30 Percent Contained

Firefighters are letting areas of a wildfire burn near Coaldale in southern Colorado because it is too dangerous to get into some wilderness areas, but they have managed to protect homes and contain 30 percent of the blaze as of …