Western wildfires News

Clearing Large Swaths of Land Part of Plan to Slow Western Wildfires

The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West. The plan announced this summer would create strips of land known …

Intensifying Western Wildfires Kept Thousands Away from Home on July 4

Large wildfires grew across the American West on July 4, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry …

4,500 Evacuated as Oregon Wildfires Burn

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island, affecting air quality throughout the state and forcing the evacuations of more than 4,500 people, fire authorities said on Aug. 30 Two dozen fires …

Man Arrested, Suspected of Igniting Fire Near Hard-Hit California Town

Authorities on Aug. 30 arrested a man suspected of starting an illegal campfire believed to have ignited a growing Northern California blaze that destroyed 10 homes, damaged five others and threatened hundreds more. The wildfire sparked near the town of …

As California Wildfire Wanes, Evacuees Return and Damage is Measured

Relief was arriving after a rough stretch of wildfires all around the U.S. West, with firefighters slowly surrounding once-fierce blazes and evacuees starting to stream back home. Authorities surveying the damage from a blaze in Northern California this week said …

Record Western Wildfires a Contrast in Otherwise Quiet Year for U.S. Natural Disasters

It was a relatively quiet year for natural disasters – except for those living in the Western U.S. Property data provider CoreLogic today released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis. The report shows “a continued trend of fewer …