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El Paso County, Colorado leaders stress wildfire mitigation take at D.C. hearing

November 06, 2013

El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark called for an increased focus on wildfire mitigation work during a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. "Colorado has been hit time and time again, not just by fires, but floods and other issues...," Clark testified. "But I think that's a critical component - that fire suppression has to be also looked at as an emergency."

Wildfire smoke becoming a serious health hazard

October 24, 2013

Climate change will intensify U.S. wildfires, and the smoky air will cause respiratory problems in areas far beyond those burned, reports an environmental group Thursday that listed how each state fared in 2011.

Australian wildfires: New South Wales in flames with fears of worse to come

October 21, 2013

More than 50 wildfires continued to rage across the Australian state of New South Wales on Monday evening, including at least 14 burning out of control. Firefighters battled to prevent three blazes in the Blue Mountains from combining into one “mega-fire” that could force residents in Sydney’s north-west to evacuate their homes, authorities said.

Australia Wildfires: Nearly 100 Fires Rage Across New South Wales

October 18, 2013

Nearly a hundred wildfires burned across Australia's most populous state on Thursday, 18 of which were out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape, officials said.

2,500-acre wildfire near Camp Pendleton is cooled by winds

October 08, 2013

A wildfire that forced evacuations at the Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego has scorched some 2,500 acres but is being eased by calming winds, officials said late Sunday.

Yarnell Hill Fire investigative report sheds some light on tragedy

September 28, 2013

The Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome by flames June 30 in a chaparral canyon about 35 miles south of Prescott when the Yarnell Hill fire, pushed by monsoon-storm winds, blew up and changed directions. The death toll was the highest from a U.S. wildfire in at least a half-century.

Into the wildfire

September 24, 2013

A wildfire chewing through dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains above this Los Angeles suburb grew to 200 acres early Tuesday, sending up a huge column of smoke. The fire began shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and was mostly burning in the Angeles National Forest, away from populated areas. It was 5 percent contained Tuesday. Smoke was visible to early morning commuters traveling on Interstate 210 and other routes about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Into the wildfire

September 20, 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park, in Northern California, consists of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness and woodlands surrounding Lassen Peak, a volcano named for a pioneer and huckster who guided migrants through the area, that last blew its top in 1915, before anybody knew it was an active volcano. Last summer the park, like much of the West, was in the midst of a yearlong drought — which could be more accurately described as the continuation of a decade-long drought that had merely been less severe for a couple of years.

Mount Diablo area fire forces more evacuations, causes road closures

September 09, 2013

CLAYTON (CBS SF) — Fire crews continued to work on putting out a growing wildfire in Contra Costa County near Mount Diablo State Park in the Clayton area Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Hotshots vital in many ways, experts say; crew helped Prescott become the leader in national Firewise efforts

September 01, 2013

On the fateful late afternoon of June 28 when lightning ignited the now-infamous Yarnell Hill wildfire 20 miles south of Prescott, lightning also sparked a relatively unknown blaze on the outskirts of Prescott called the West Spruce wildfire.