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Timber Company Sues Over Idaho Wildfire

Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they’re responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reported the …

Report on Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire Lays Out Roadmap

A report detailing vulnerabilities leading to the destruction of nearly 350 homes in Colorado Springs from the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire provides communities located in wildfire-prone areas guidance on how to reduce risk of wildfire damage. Among the key findings …

Early California Wildfires Risk To Homes And Vineyards

California’s worst drought in decades is feeding what may become a devastating wildfire season, one that is starting about five months early. Extremely dry conditions have sparked 487 wildfires so far in 2014, compared with only 2 for the same …

Judge: Calfire Owes $30M in 2007 Fire Lawsuit

A Northern California judge has found the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection guilty of ‘egregious and reprehensible’ conduct in its response to the 2007 Moonlight Fire and ordered the agency to pay more than $30 million in penalties …

Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End

A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …

Southern California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

A wildfire burned out of control near homes in the dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains early Thursday, fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into neighborhoods in the city below. Evacuations were ordered for houses at …

Wildfire in California’s Big Sur 79% Contained

Rain and higher humidity on Thursday helped firefighters battling a wildfire in California’s Big Sur region that has destroyed an estimated 22 homes. The fire in the Los Padres National Forest was 79 percent contained, up 5 percent from the …

Damage From Large Wisconsin Wildfire Estimated At $1M

A fire that damaged a 10-mile swath of forest land in northwestern Wisconsin this spring caused at least $1 million in damage, according to the timber company that owns most of the affected land. The massive blaze in Douglas County …

California Wildfire More Destructive Than Thought

Fire officials say crews assessing the damage from a Northern California wildfire have determined 68 homes were destroyed. That’s up from the earlier tally of 37. State fire information officer Roy Del Carlo said Thursday the count of outbuildings destroyed …

Scientists Assess Damage From Yosemite-Area Fire

Scientists are assessing the damage from a massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park, laying plans to protect habitat and waterways as the fall rainy season approaches. Members of the federal Burned Area Emergency Response team were hiking the rugged …