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California Wildfires Kill Two People, Force Thousands to Evacuate

July 27, 2016

A bulldozer operator was killed Tuesday while helping battle a wildfire near Big Sur, as a northern California blaze consumed more than 23,000 acres.

Two major wildfires still burning in Colorado

July 27, 2016

The Hayden Pass Fire is burning near Coaldale, about 20 miles southeast of Salida. The fire has burned 16,559 acres since it started July 8.

Two Wildfires Burning in Northern Nevada

July 27, 2016

Sierra Front says the Shooting Range Fire in Storey County near the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park has grown to about 1275 acres and is about 70% contained as of this afternoon. The fire is burning light fuels in a remote area. No structures are threatened. Smoke from the Shooting Range Fire was first reported around 5:25 Wednesday afternoon and quickly grew to 50 acres behind the Tesla Gigafactory. Resources include hand crews, brush engines and a dozer.

Can a California homeowner be sued for a wildfire?

July 16, 2016

A 2013 wildfire burned 43 square miles near Palm Springs, Calif., threatening a town and costing an estimated $15 million to put out – and the federal government wants Tarek Al-Shawaf to pay for it.

Officials say that Mr. Shawaf's warped electrical box started the fire in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Firefighters working to minimize spread of Fuller Fire on North Rim

July 15, 2016

Today winds from the south and southwest, up to 20mph, with a low relative humidity of 9 percent led to continued growth of the Fuller Fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP).

The most common ways people spark devastating wildfires in the U.S.

July 13, 2016

Millions of acres of land are burned by wildfires every year across the United States, and humans are to blame for many of the blazes.

On average, there are more than 60,000 human-ignited fires every year across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Two federal firefighters killed amid wildfires in several states

July 11, 2016

Two federal firefighters returning from a wildfire patrol in remote northern Nevada have been killed in a crash, while crews are battling blazes across the Western U.S.

2 months later, massive Canadian wildfire finally 'under control'

July 05, 2016

The "beast" is dead. The Fort McMurray wildfire — one of the costliest and most damaging wildfires in Canadian history — was officially declared "under control" Tuesday by provincial officials.

The fire started May 1 near Fort McMurray, Alberta, and soon roared into the city, forcing 80,000 residents to flee in what was the biggest fire evacuation in Albertan history ...

Firewise landscaping sends wildfire around man's house, house and family survives

July 01, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - When Pat Telleria envisioned the house that would be his home for more than 20 years, that vision included defensible space and Firewise landscaping methods. Today, June 30, 2016, his house still stands, and his principles in practice paid off as the Table Rock fire evaded his home as it consumed thousands of acres in the Boise foothills.

Lightning Sparked Dozens of New Wildfires Across Alaska

June 28, 2016

Thousands of lightning strikes over the weekend, especially in northern Alaska, have given wildfire crews more than three dozen new fires to contain and track, including at least three near Huslia.