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Cause Of Rim Fire In California Could Take Months To Determine

There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday. Investigators have ruled out the illicit activity as a potential cause, ending speculation …

Containment of Yosemite Fire At 75 Percent

A massive wildfire around Yosemite National Park in California is now 75 percent contained. Fire officials say crews made good progress against the Rim Fire overnight, increasing containment from 70 to 75 percent. The 235,841 acre fire is one of …

California Fire Prompts Unhealthy Air Warnings in Nevada

The giant wildfire burning at the edge of Yosemite National Park has not only destroyed buildings and threatened water supplies, electricity and sequoias, it has also unleashed a smoky haze that has worsened air quality more than 100 miles away …

Yosemite May Be Harbinger of California’s Wildfire Potential

The week-and-a-half-old wildfire in Yosemite is seen by some as a harbinger of what could be a “worst case scenario” when California enters its typical wildfire season in October – continued drought, lots of unburned fuel and a weather outlook …

Crews Carry Out 18 Rescues Due To Flash Flooding in Vegas

Authorities say crews carried out 18 swift water rescues after flash flooding hit the Las Vegas area. Fire and Rescue spokesman Timothy R. Szymanski says many of rescues came on Sunday after vehicles stalled in flooded roadways He says that …

Yosemite Fire Costs San Francisco Power as Water Unharmed

A wildfire spreading within miles of water and hydropower sources for San Francisco in Yosemite National Park has cost the city $600,000 for replacement electricity, officials said. The Rim Fire grew on Monday to about 150,000 acres (60,600 hectares) or …

Arizona Legislators Ask Obama to Reconsider Fire Aid

Key Arizona legislators are asking President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration’s denial of the state’s request for federal disaster relief for Yarnell for the Yavapai County community’s wildfire damage. The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of a …

California Faces Longer, Tough Wildfire Season

California truly is the Golden State this summer – golden brown – and that has fire officials worried heading into the peak of the wildfire season. It’s still weeks before the fire-fanning Santa Ana winds usually arrive and already it’s …

Southern California Wildfire Pushes East, Forces Evacuations

A California wildfire that doubled in size overnight torched 15 buildings east of Los Angeles, injured at least five people and forced the evacuation of 500 homes in about half a dozen small communities, authorities said on Thursday. The fire …

Judge Rejects California Suit Against Timber Co. Over Fire

A Plumas County judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California’s largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California. State and federal officials have said the Moonlight Fire was …