| Aug 27, 2013
Even as the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park rages on, the U.S. Forest Service already has exhausted its firefighting budget for the year, which had been reduced by sequestration cuts. Not that the agency will stop fighting wildfires, but...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Eleven states across the West are suffering under brutal blazes as weather forecasters warned Thursday that more wildfires could break out soon.
The National Weather Service signaled early Thursday that strong winds and dry conditions could fuel new...
| Jul 28, 2013
Along with barked orders and the whine of chain saws, the clank of steel on rock was certainly one of the sounds that rose from a hillside near Yarnell, Ariz., last month as clouds of superheated smoke roiled the sky, portending a tragedy.
One morning a...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Fire crews in central Idaho are mounting an effort to push a wildfire toward an area scorched by a major fire last year as erratic winds and hot, dry conditions threaten to help the blaze grow.
Madonna Lengerich, a fire information officer on the...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 2:45 PM
The largest U.S. wildfires in the last decade of record-breaking blazes have been in the wilds of Alaska, where fires have blackened more than a half-million acres at a time.
A new study predicts more of the same for North America’s boreal forests,...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Air quality in the Las Vegas Valley returned to normal and hiking trails in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area were once again welcoming visitors Monday as containment of the 2-week-old wildfire in the Spring Mountains grew to 70%.
| Jul 9, 2013
| 3:20 PM
The wildfire raging in the Spring Mountains, a popular recreational area northwest of Las Vegas, grew to 19,800 acres Tuesday afternoon, although air quality in the Las Vegas Valley has not worsened, officials said. An air quality advisory remains in...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Air quality in Las Vegas was downgraded to unhealthful on Wednesday as smoke from the large and growing Carpenter 1 wildfire cast a shroud over the Strip late Tuesday.
Although winds again changed overnight, sending the worst of the heavy, gray and...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 10:07 AM
Firefighters have made significant progress on a wildfire raging in Mt. Diablo State Park in Northern California, officials said Tuesday.
The estimated burn area of the Morgan fire was reduced to 3,243 acres overnight Monday as a result of better...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:55 PM
A large wildfire burning in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas has destroyed six structures and continues to grow, officials said Wednesday.
Officials only had details about one of the buildings, a commercial structure at Prospect Springs Ranch,...
| Sep 6, 2013
After years of living in Yosemite National Park, I learned that, contrary to the teachings of Smokey Bear, fire can be a welcome force for good. It rejuvenates the forest. It clears the way for richer, more diverse habitat. It is essential in the life...