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Pandemic Could Complicate Colorado’s Potentially Bad Fire Season

As if Southwest Colorado’s extreme drought wasn’t enough to raise concerns about a potentially destructive wildfire season, the added complications of the coronavirus have only fueled that anxiety. The COVID-19 outbreak demands people isolate as much as possible to reduce …

New Mexico to Use Satellite Tracking During Wildfire Season

New Mexico has a new tool that could help crews get an early jump on any wildfires that might break out. The State Forestry Division will be getting real-time alerts via a satellite tracking system designed by the Santa Fe-based …

Report Shows Underestimated Weather Led to Colorado Wildfire

A controlled burn that became a wildfire in Colorado was the result of weather conditions that were underestimated by fire personnel, state officials said. The Colorado Department of Public Safety Compliance and Professional Standards Office issued the report Sunday about …

Quake Confirmed in Northern California Area Burned by Wildfire

A small earthquake has rattled a Northern California wine region where a huge wildfire was burning, the United States Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS reported the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck at 12:34 p.m. Sunday near the …

Alaska Has This Year’s Most Expensive Wildfire in U.S.

The nation’s most expensive wildfire this year is one that has been burning for months on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The Swan Lake Fire has so far cost about $46 million to fight, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in …

Fire Official Says Oregon Wildfire Risk Map Flawed

A fire official says a wildfire risk map being created by Deschutes County, the home of Bend, Oregon, underestimates fire danger because it doesn’t take into account the danger when homes catch fire in densely built suburbs. The Bulletin reported …

Evacuations Lifted in Wildfire Along California-Nevada Border

Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire on rural land along the California-Nevada border burned one home before crews were able to slow its spread. Fire spokesman Adam Mayberry says the blaze about 25 miles north of Reno, Nevada is now more …

Alaska Wildfire Threatening Community Businesses

A wildfire in south-central Alaska has threatened multiple businesses in a nearby community, officials said. At least 51 homes and three businesses have been destroyed in a wildfire burning north of Anchorage. Another 84 outbuildings are reported to have been …

Lawsuit Says Manufacturer, Rancher Caused Oregon Wildfire

A lawsuit says a rancher, workers and the John Deere farm equipment company are at fault for a wildfire that burned parts of an Oregon Native American reservation. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs filed the lawsuit Monday over …

California Manufacturer of Fire Protection Spray Sued for $5M

A $5 million lawsuit has been filed against a Los Angeles County company that sells a product it contends helps protect homes from wildfires. The Santa Barbara County district attorney and the Los Angeles city attorney sued Sunseeker Enterprises Monday …