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Wildfires

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  • Growing wildfire threatens central Idaho

    Growing wildfire threatens central Idaho
    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...
  • The future of fire, and hotshots

     The future of fire, and hotshots
    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...
  • Battling a wildfire: 'Nothing sexy about it. It's hard labor'

      As I followed the news about the raging wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona, I couldn't help but recall the days I spent battling brush fires in California. It's something that happens every fire season as I report on...
  • Alaska wildfire sparked on Army range grows; evacuations lifted

    Alaska wildfire sparked on Army range grows; evacuations lifted
    Six hundred residents were briefly evacuated after a central Alaska wildfire near Fairbanks more than doubled in size over the weekend, officials said Monday. The Stuart Creek fire, which was sparked on a Army weapons range, has devoured more than 79,...
  • Update: Crews battle fierce Arizona wildfire; 19 deaths investigated

    Update: Crews battle fierce Arizona wildfire; 19 deaths investigated
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- As this town began to grieve over its 19 lost firefighters, officials said Monday that an investigation into their deaths was already underway as the wildfire that killed them continued to rage. The Yarnell Hill fire, which killed the...
  • Arizona wildfire raises question: What have past fires taught us?

    Arizona wildfire raises question: What have past fires taught us?
    The fire was spreading fast, and the foreman knew it was too late to run. So Wagner Dodge struck a match and tried to save his fellow smoke jumpers by lighting a fire himself and then seeking shelter in the area that had just burned. But 13 firefighters...
  • Arizona wildfire: Firefighter from Hemet died pursuing his dream

    Arizona wildfire: Firefighter from Hemet died pursuing his dream
    Nancy and Jack Warneke of San Jacinto said they were concerned about their grandson, a firefighter with the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, when they saw the Arizona fire on television Sunday night. Nancy Warneke got a call about 10 p.m....
  • Firefighter deaths are testimony to the brutal science of wildfire

    Firefighter deaths are testimony to the brutal science of wildfire
    It was small, as wildfires go -- maybe twice the size of Elysian Park surrounding Dodger Stadium. But the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Ariz., claimed 19 lives, a testimony to the brutal physics of wildfire. “People seem to think fire is sort...
  • Amid Arizona fire, animal shelter tends a menagerie of evacuated pets

    Amid Arizona fire, animal shelter tends a menagerie of evacuated pets
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. — In a library corridor on the campus of Yavapai College, signs are posted on columns and walls: "Please talk softly! Students are studying." But at the moment, the signs aren't working on the dogs yapping down the hall. Their...
  • Arizona wildfire: 'We could lose everything' is a shared fear

    Arizona wildfire: 'We could lose everything' is a shared fear
    WICKENBURG, Ariz. — He doesn't know if it was God or something in his gut, but he had a nagging sense the fire would only get worse. He grabbed a pair of pants, a photo album and lit out. "When you're in a situation like that, you just start...
  • Colorado sheriff: Fire 'is a crime scene until proven otherwise'

    Colorado sheriff: Fire 'is a crime scene until proven otherwise'
    The worst days of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history are probably over, but frustrations for the survivors continue. Firefighters, with the help of cooler weather, have beaten back the Black Forest blaze that swept through hundreds of...