wildfire News

Scientists in New Mexico Predict Post-Wildfire Erosion Risks

It’s nearly impossible to predict when and where the next major wildfire will be and whether an ill-timed thunderstorm could result in tons of ash and charred debris being washed down the bare mountainsides once the flames are out. But …

California Wildfire Price Tag Exceeds $53M

A huge wildfire in northeast California has run up a firefighting tab in excess of $50 million and become the second priciest blaze in the state this year, officials said. The King Fire east of Sacramento has cost some $53 …

California Wildfire Concerns Include Hotter Temperatures, Erratic Winds

Crews battling a huge Northern California wildfire are bracing for hotter temperatures and erratic winds. Fire spokesman Ryan Lubben says cooler, wet weather that helped firefighters over the weekend were expected to give way today to a weather pattern that could increase …

Explosive Growth From California Wildfire Threatens Homes

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from …

California Fire’s Rapid Growth Draws Droves of Firefighters

Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the …

100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Washington Governor Asks Feds to Reconsider Aid for State’s Largest Wildfire

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state’s largest wildfire. Inslee said that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought. The governor wrote to President Obama, …

Southern California Fire Danger Rises Amid Heat Wave

Forecasters say a heat wave building across Southern California will elevate fire danger through early next week. The National Weather Service says temperatures will edge upward to around 100 degrees in warmest areas Friday and the peak of the heat …

Yosemite National Park Fire Spread Slowed by Cooler Weather

Cooler weather on Monday slowed the spread of a wildfire that forced the helicopter evacuation of dozens of people from the famous Half Dome rock in Yosemite National Park. The fire, which had burned about 4 square miles of timberland, …

Wildfire Spending In Oregon Triggers Lloyd’s Insurance Policy

Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row. The Bulletin reported that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible …