Latest Wildfires News

New Mexico issues 10-year plan for boosting forest health

Apr. 13, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Restoring forests, using fire as a management tool and getting more buy-in from private land owners are among the strategies outlined in New Mexico’s latest forest action plan. The state Forestry Division released the plan Monday. The federal...

Noem asks Biden to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore in July

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about...

Trails reopened after fire at Indiana Dunes National Park

Apr. 12, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Trails have reopened following a wildfire at Indiana Dunes National Park in the northwestern part of the state. Fire crews and park staff have ensured all trails in visitor areas impacted by the fire are safe from any dangerous trees and other hazards,...

FEMA trailers being used for Oregon wildfire survivors

Apr. 12, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials say that trailers at an industrial site in southwest Oregon, which were rumored to house unaccompanied immigrant children, are actually for survivors of the September 2020 wildfires. The Mail Tribune reported on Sunday that the...

Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

Apr. 12, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — Crews were working Sunday to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque near Abiquiu that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s officials said evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the...

Evacuation notice lifted in area where fire destroyed homes

Apr. 10, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities on Saturday lifted an evacuation notice for a south-central Arizona community where a wildfire earlier burned at least 12 homes, allowing approximately 200 residents to return home. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the...

Theodore Roosevelt State Park fire 70% contained

Apr. 10, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on an eight-square-mile wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt State Park. Firefighters had the blaze 80% contained on Saturday afternoon, up from 70% on Friday, the Bismarck Tribune reported. ...

Senate passes bill to prevent and fight wildfires

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington. The bill, promoted by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, passed Friday in Olympia. House Bill 1168 now heads back to the...

Arizona wildfire destroys 12 homes; 200 people evacuated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes, officials said. The fire burned through thick vegetation at the...

Officials: Forest fires burn nearly 500 acres at state park

Apr. 09, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

OHIOPYLE, Pa. (AP) — Two forest fires at a state park in western Pennsylvania burned nearly 500 acres of woodlands before they were extinguished early Friday. The fires broke out Thursday at opposite ends of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County. A...