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Fire-afflicted Washington Declared Disaster by President

Federal disaster aid has been made available to Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires from July 9 to Aug. 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced. The Presidential action makes federal …

Wildfires Burn Structures, Threaten Homes In California, Oregon, Washington

Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were bearing down on a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning …

Cost Of Fighting Washington Wildfires So Far: $50 Million

The cost of fighting this season’s wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state’s history, has crossed the $50 million mark. Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year’s wildfire season has been widespread, with …

AP Finds That Wildfire Citations in California Applied Unevenly

A review by The Associated Press of California government data has found a wide discrepancy in how state and local fire officials apply fines and citations for failing to clear vegetation in areas prone to wildland blazes. Property owners in southern …

Climate-Driven Firefighting in West Takes Cash From Prevention Budgets

Wildfires blamed in part on climate change are consuming timber in the U.S. West at such a furious pace that half the Forest Service’s budget is now spent fighting them — up from 21 percent in 2000. Add in the …

In New Mexico, Arizona Fire Danger and Drought Spark Fireworks Concerns

The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions plaguing both states. New Mexico …

Wildfire Publicity Lights Fire Under California Homeowners

The recent plague of wildfires in Southern California and in neighboring states seems to have more people checking on their homeowners policies – and more people concerned about the threat of wildfires may be taking some mitigation steps insurers have …

San Diego Fires Took More Than 40 Homes

Officials say at least 47 homes were destroyed during last week’s outbreak of nearly a dozen wildfires in San Diego County. State fire officials said Sunday at least 39 homes in the suburb of San Marcos were destroyed. Another eight …

Bigger and More Frequent Wildfires Burning Western U.S.

Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years, according to a new study. The number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California …

Drought Prompts CalFire to Beef Up Seasonal Ranks Early

The threat of wildfire heightened by the state’s drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule. CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that several hundred seasonal firefighters are being brought …