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Arizona Wildfire Season Delayed by Cool, Wet Weather

An unusually cool and wet May is delaying the start of the wildfire season around northern Arizona. Weather conditions at this time last year were hot and windy, frustrating firefighters battling what became a 33-square-mile blaze in Oak Creek Canyon, …

Dry Conditions Have Alaska Wildfire Responders Keeping Eye Out

Interior Alaska and other parts of the state are experiencing conditions ripe for forest fires and natural resources officials are urging caution in outdoor activities heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Information officer Tim Mowry of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center …

2 Lawsuits Over 2013 Arizona Wildfire Dismissed by Judge

Two lawsuits filed against Arizona by homeowners whose properties were destroyed by the Yarnell Hill Fire have been dismissed. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge agreed Wednesday with the state’s argument that it didn’t have a duty to protect the …

Judge Rejects Effort to Undo California Wildfire Settlement

A judge has rejected a California timber company’s attempt to undo a $47 million legal settlement for a massive 2007 wildfire. Sierra Pacific Industries had accused federal prosecutors of engaging in misconduct. But according to the Sacramento Bee, a federal judge ruled …

Officials Say Cooking Fire Started California Blaze That Threatened 300 Homes

Firefighters are making progress on a fire that had threatened hundreds of homes near a Southern California dam. Officials said an unattended cooking fire sparked the blaze on Saturday, triggering the nighttime evacuation of about 300 homes in an area …

NOAA: No Spring Drought Relief for California, Nevada, Oregon

Californians facing a fourth year of drought conditions – and some other parts of the West – shouldn’t count on any relief in the coming months. In California this doesn’t bode well for chances of a mild wildfire season, and …

Wildfire Spreads in Western Oklahoma, Homes Evacuated

Emergency personnel say about a dozen people have been evacuated from their homes because of wildfire that has burned 37 square miles in rural western Oklahoma. Woodward County emergency manager Matt Lehenbauer said on March 17 that the fire is …

Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

Grass Fires Burn 2,100 Acres in Oklahoma, Close I-35

Wildfires scorched thousands of acres of land in central Oklahoma on Jan. 18, prompting evacuations, damaging buildings and forcing the closure of busy Interstate 35 in Logan County for more than an hour. Two fires began near Guthrie in the …

Washington Wildfire Claims Prepared for Lawsuit

More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources. Brewster attorney Alex Thomason told the Capital Press he is preparing a …