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Drones Causing Problems for Firefighters Battling Massive Fires

June 27, 2016

As at least three major wildfires rage across the American southwest, the people tasked with controlling them are contending with an unusual problem beyond the flames themselves: Drones. Officials say that small personal drones are increasingly being spotted flying near or above wildfires, interfering with aircraft used for aerial firefighting and firefighter transport operations.

Utah town ready for wildfire evacuation

June 24, 2016

Utah firefighters are trying to keep a wildfire burning in a forest on the edge of a small mountain town from descending on homes.

Officials encouraged residents of about 400 homes in the southwestern Utah town of Pine Valley to leave the area and warned that mandatory evacuations could be ordered if the fire flares up.

Evacuations Lifted at Utah Wildfire

June 23, 2016






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The Latest on wildfires burning across the West (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Authorities are lifting evacuations at a small mountain town near a southern Utah wildfire.

Firefighting officials said Thursday that the blaze isn't under control yet and Pine Valley residents may be asked to leave again, but it's now safe enough for people to return home.

The lightning-sparked wildfire has torched more than a square mile of rugged terrain about 35 miles north of St. George since it started June 13. The evacuations of about 100 homes were ordered Tuesday.

360 firefighters battle Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado

June 21, 2016

Afternoon thunderstorms and erratic winds are challenges for the firefighters at the Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado. Fire managers said they now have 359 firefighters on scene.

Wildfires Threaten Homes in Calabasas and West Hills, Suburbs of Los Angeles

June 05, 2016

Brush fires fed by a heat wave and tinder-dry conditions tore through the suburban hills north of Los Angeles on Saturday night, chasing hundreds of residents from their homes.

Firefighters battling Arizona, New Mexico wildfires

June 04, 2016

Firefighters are spending the weekend battling several wildfires in California, New Mexico and Arizona.

A wildfire is burning nearly 12 square miles in the San Mateo Mountains near Magdalena, which is about 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque. The fire was caused by lightning and is 20 percent contained.

Four new wildfires burning in Southern Arizona

June 03, 2016

Coronado National Forest officials said crews are dealing with four new wildfires on forest lands in Southern Arizona....

Severe wildfire season is the new normal, officials say

May 17, 2016

This year should bring a ‘normal’ wildfire season in most of the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.

The problem, Vilsack said, is that the new normal wildfire season is longer and includes tens of thousands of fires burning millions of acres of forest and destroying thousands of homes.

Preventing wildfires is everyone’s responsibility

May 17, 2016

This editorial is not for those who don’t like to be called out for something. This editorial is being written to call attention to a serious problem and to intentionally point fingers.

The Forest Service, Navajo and Apache counties, local fire departments and town governments are preparing for a potentially bad fire season. What are you, the private land owner, doing?

City Council looks to increase wildfire prevention, protection measures

May 12, 2016


Austin City Council passed a resolution May 12 that aims to increase wildfire prevention and defense strategies and set a goal of zero fatalities from wildfires.

The resolution was sponsored by District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo who said the Community Wildfire Protection Plan passed in 2014 by City Council was only a starting point in addressing wildfire prevention.