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Storms Across Southeast to Help Fight Wildfires, But Risk Still Remains

Storms roaring across the South appeared to be taking aim at some of the largest wildfires burning across the region, which could finally help firefighters in their efforts to subdue the blazes, authorities said Monday. The storm system passed over …

Burn Bans Enacted Over Much of Dry Southeast as Fires Continue

As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South – including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-sized area of north Georgia – some traditional outdoor activities are now banned. Starting campfires, lighting fireworks, smoking cigarettes, even parking a car off-road is …

Some Form of Drought Now Covering More than 86% of Arkansas

More than 86 percent of Arkansas is in some form of drought ahead of a warm, dry winter forecast, meaning there’s little chance of immediate relief. Because of the drought, ranchers are turning to alternate sources of feed for cattle …

Search is on For Suspects Behind Southeast Wildfires, 2 Arrested in Kentucky

A wannabe weatherman was jailed for arson after admitting he started a wildfire to draw attention to his selfie videos on Facebook, his town’s police chief said Friday. Meanwhile, a Georgia sheriff appealed for help identifying the driver of a …

Wildfires Rage Throughout Southeast States, Arson Suspected

Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must do outdoor activities. The fires – many of them suspected arsons – have prompted evacuations in Georgia, …

Foresters Say New Hampshire Drought Has Increased Threat of Wildfires

Drought conditions are making it harder to fight wildfires and New Hampshire residents should be vigilant about the increased threat, state forestry and fire officials say. Conditions range from abnormally dry to extreme drought in southern New Hampshire, making this …

1.8 Million Western U.S. Homes at Extreme or High Wildfire Risk, Report Shows

Things haven’t gone as bad as they could have so far in 2016 coming off last year’s record-setting wildfire season in the Western U.S., according to a report out today detailing wildfire risks to properties in the Western U.S. The author of …

Slow Pace of Insurance Payouts, Rebuilding Angers Alberta Wildfire Victims  

Some five months after the wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray were extinguished, anger over red tape and the slow pace of insurance payouts and permit issuance is flaring in the remote northern Canadian city. More than 1,900 structures were destroyed …

Study: Climate Change Has Doubled Western U.S. Forest Fires

A new study says that human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the U.S. West over the last 30 years. Since 1984 heightened temperatures and resulting aridity have caused fires to spread across an additional …

Woman High on Drugs and Driving on Wheel Rim Sparked California Wildfires

Fire officials in southern California say a car driven by a woman high on drugs has sparked several wildfires that so far have burned 450 acres and prompted evacuations. Authorities say Renee Hogan was arrested Sunday. The California Highway Patrol …