Much of the Forest Service’s swelling bill for suppressing wildfires comes from the rising cost of protecting residences in the “wildland-urban interface.” About 16 million houses were built in fire-prone rural areas over the last two decades.
By Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times OLYMPIA, Wash. — It’s an unsettling trend: Wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent, and money to prevent and fight them continues to be scarce. As wildfires blaze across Washington, state and federal officials are running out of firefighting dollars. That doesn’t mean the firefighters will turn around the […]
Los Angeles (AFP) — A fire raging in California’s Yosemite National Park threatens a grove of famous giant sequoia trees. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 3,545 acres of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for the Yosemite Fire Information call center told AFP. Some 830 firefighters […]
By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California’s wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades. But despite dangerously dry conditions, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and […]
By Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Lightning strikes that might have fueled the Carlton complex wildfire never materialized Wednesday and Thursday, allowing emergency responders a moment to sigh in relief. But scattered rain and other difficult conditions delayed efforts to restore electricity to about 7,000 Okanogan County consumers who have been without power […]
By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times PATEROS, Wash. — Smoke hung like a cataract obscuring the pale-blue sky. It was hard to breathe Monday, hard to see, hard to envision a workable way forward. Late last week, a wind-whipped wildfire raced at speeds of as much as an acre a second, over a […]
By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times An eruption of lightning-sparked wildfires across the northwestern United States over the last two weeks has scorched almost a million acres of land in Washington and Oregon while threatening thousands of houses and buildings. Dozens of homes in separate communities were destroyed last week. […]
By Maria La Ganga and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — An eruption of lightning-sparked wildfires across the northwestern United States over the last two weeks has scorched almost a million acres of land in Washington and Oregon while threatening thousands of houses and buildings. Dozens of homes in separate communities were destroyed last […]