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Canada Officials Start To Get A Handle On Largest Wildfire

An Alberta government statement issued on Saturday night said the fire had consumed 500,000 acres — an area the size of Mexico City — and would continue to grow. Fort McMurray is the center of Canada’s oil sands region.

May 8, 2016

Firefighter Dies Battling Northern California Wildfire

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday for Northern California counties hit by wildfires.

August 1, 2015

Wildfire Grows To 6,000 Acres Near Napa Valley; Evacuations Ordered

An estimated 525 firefighters are battling the flames.

July 23, 2015

California’s Air Tanker Fleet Grounded After Deadly Yosemite Crash

An aircraft being used to fight fires in Yosemite crashed on Tuesday, killing one.

October 8, 2014

Wildfire ‘Larger Than Las Vegas’ Rages In California

One of the five major fires raging across California, named King Fire, is now larger than the city of Las Vegas.

September 24, 2014

Break In Weather Aids Fight Against Massive King Fire

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September 22, 2014

Northern California Wildfire Threatens More Than 2,000 Homes

The fire is only 5 percent contained.

September 18, 2014

Wildfires Rage Across Drought-Hit California

Los Angeles (AFP) — As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures. Thousands of residents have been evacuated and buildings ravaged in at least one of the fires in northern California, while southern California has been hit by power […]

September 17, 2014

California Wildfires Burn Homes, Force Residents To Flee

Los Angeles (AFP) — Raging wildfires damaged or destroyed over 100 buildings in California and forced hundreds to evacuate in the drought-stricken U.S. state, officials said. The Boles Fire, one of up to a dozen blazes gripping the state amid a heatwave, erupted near the town of Weed, some 280 miles north of San Francisco […]

September 16, 2014

Yosemite Evacuations Complete As Wildfire Rages Near Half Dome

By Jason Wells, Los Angeles Times The wilderness near Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome has been completely evacuated as a wind-driven wildfire continued to spread through the area Tuesday, officials said. The Meadow fire, last measured at nearly 2,600 acres, forced authorities to evacuate dozens of hikers by helicopter after flames cut off their […]

September 9, 2014

Yosemite Wildfire That Prompted Air Evacuations Triples In Size

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A wildfire in Yosemite National Park that prompted authorities to airlift hikers out of harm’s way has tripled in size, growing to nearly 2,600 acres as of Monday morning. Several water-dropping helicopters and airplanes were assisting hundreds of firefighters on the ground as the Meadow fire […]

September 8, 2014

Wildfire In Yosemite National Park Closes Trails

By Joseph Serna and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times Several trails and campgrounds remained closed in Yosemite National Park on Monday after a spot fire near Half Dome, driven by winds in hot, dry conditions, exploded in size. The Meadow fire started in Little Yosemite Valley and had burned at least 700 acres by Sunday […]

September 8, 2014

Wildfires Are Increasing, But Funds To Battle Them Are Shrinking

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 […]

August 15, 2014

Weather Could Make Firefighting More Difficult In Northern California

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times As two Northern California wildfires continued to burn out of control Sunday, weather in the days ahead is threatening to worsen and expand the blazes. The Sand fire east of Sacramento grew to 3,800 acres Sunday, and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, destroyed 10 homes, and may […]

July 28, 2014

Fires Intensify As Hundreds Flee 21 Blazes In Washington And Oregon

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times The dry Northwest continued to battle an outbreak of 21 wildfires in Washington and Oregon where lightning strikes and arid tinder have conspired to burn through about 80,000 acres and force the evacuation of hundreds of homes. According to the federal fire-tracking clearinghouse, by early Thursday morning three new […]

July 17, 2014

Arizona Wildfire Grows To 13,000 Acres

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times A wildfire north of Sedona, Arizona, grew to more than 13,000 acres Sunday, but officials said they were making slow progress. “Everything is going well,” Dan Bastion, a spokesman for the firefighting effort, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s just taking a lot of time.” The so-called Slide fire […]

May 26, 2014

Arizona Wildfire Burns Nearly 1,000 Acres, Threatens 100 Structures

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times A fire ripping through a heavily forested canyon in northern Arizona had burned nearly 1,000 acres and left several cabins evacuated by midday Wednesday. The Slide Fire was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday and is being investigated as human-caused because lightning wasn’t an issue at the time, said Heather […]

May 21, 2014

With Help From Weather, San Diego County Fires Largely Contained

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Cooler temperatures have allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on a series of wildfires plaguing northern San Diego County. The devastating Cocos fire in San Marcos, which destroyed 39 homes and blackened nearly 2,000 acres, was 93 percent contained by Tuesday. Three fires in San Marcos […]

May 20, 2014

Report: Climate Change Imperils Nation’s Historical, Cultural Landmarks

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Saying there’s a “race against time,” an advocacy group reported this week that climate change — leading to sea level rise and worsening wildfires — is putting some of the nation’s most significant historical sites at risk. Highlighting archaeological and other historical sites in several states, a report […]

May 20, 2014

Ten Large-Scale Blazes Rage In California

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — Two brush fires on military bases in northern San Diego County have burned more than 14,000 acres and aren’t yet contained as the region enters its fourth day of being scorched by multiple blazes. The Las Pulgas fire on Camp Pendleton has burned more than 8,000 acres, […]

May 16, 2014

Southern California Fires: Arson And Bomb Investigators Probe Cause

By Veronica Rocha, Jill Cowan and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO—Arson and bomb investigators were looking into what caused the devastating San Diego County wildfires, several of which burned close to roads, officials confirmed Thursday. Several people were interviewed at the scene of the Lakeside fire near Aurora Drive when it started just after […]

May 16, 2014

Southern California Blazes Rage On As Firefight Enters Second Day

Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — Firefighters in San Diego County are bracing for another day of brutal conditions Thursday as they work to contain at least half a dozen wildfires that have consumed more than 9,000 acres and destroyed multiple homes. The focal point in the countywide battle shifted late Wednesday to the San […]

May 15, 2014

Drought-Fed Wildfire Burns At Least 130 Structures In Texas Panhandle

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times HOUSTON — At least 131 structures were destroyed in the Texas Panhandle and 2,100 residents were evacuated after a wildfire burned up to two square miles northeast of Amarillo, fire officials said Monday. One person died of a heart attack during the blaze, but it was unrelated to the […]

May 12, 2014