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Firefighters Hold California Wildfire That Jumped Line

Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground late Wednesday, keeping a blaze east of California’s Napa Valley from jumping any more containment lines, fire officials said. The fire, which has burned for a …

More Wildfires in California, But Less Damage

The number of California wildfires so far this year is up, but the acreage burned is smaller, the result of favorable weather and more firefighters who can quickly be dispatched to corral flames, fire officials say. Since Jan. 1, about …

Northern California Wildfire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations

A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber over the weekend, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. The blaze forced evacuations of some communities in and near Nevada …

Officials Say Washington Wildfire Was Human-Caused

Officials say a wildfire that has burned one home and torched nearly 6 square miles in southeastern Washington was likely human-caused. Fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster says the cause is under investigation, though officials determined lightning was not the cause. Nearly …

Evacuation Orders Lifted in Washington Wildfire

Evacuations orders have been lifted for a Central Washington wildfire, officials said Tuesday. Firefighters worked to continue strengthening fire lines, and do mop up work on the 22,212 acre blaze, which is now 80 percent contained, according to fire officials. …

Southern California Wildfire Caused by Human Activity, Officials Say

Authorities say human activity caused a Southern California wildfire that burned four buildings and 49 square miles of forest land. However, it’s unclear whether the fire was set on purpose or by accident. The blaze erupted on June 17 in …

California Fire That Threatened Homes is Fully Contained

A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said. The fire started Saturday night and embers were quickly …

Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona

The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

Alaska Wildfires Grow, Prompt Evacuations

Intensifying wildfires in Alaska have led to evacuations in several parts of the state, including a tiny village where residents fled on boats. A firefighter on one blaze also was treated for a bear bite after encountering the animal while …

Firefighters Battle Blazes in 4 Western States

Wildfires are sweeping through several dry Western states, including a massive blaze burning out of control in Northern California. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them: Northern California A wildfire has grown to …