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July 4 events nixed in Utah city after fire threatens homes

Jul. 04, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A fire in a Utah city north of Salt Lake City suspected to have been caused by fireworks led to the evacuation of dozens of homes and the cancellation of some Independence Day events, officials said. The fire near the city of Centerville was reported at about...

Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers

Jun. 27, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and...

US makes more wildfire recovery aid available for New Mexico

Jun. 27, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday authorized an increase in funding for debris removal and other emergency measures being taken as a result of a historic wildfire season in New Mexico that stemmed partly from missteps by federal forest managers in starting a prescribed...

Recent rain allows forests in US Southwest to reopen

Jun. 23, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Some national forests in Arizona and New Mexico are relaxing fire restrictions and reopening, thanks to a strong start to the annual rainy season in the southwest U.S. The monsoon has delivered much-needed moisture to the parched region and relief from...

Massive New Mexico blaze blamed on miscalculations, errors

Jun. 21, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service employees made multiple miscalculations, used inaccurate models and underestimated how dry conditions were in the Southwest, causing a planned burn to reduce the threat of wildfires to explode into the largest blaze in New Mexico’s recorded history,...

Warm, dry, breezy weather to challenge fire crews in Arizona

Jun. 16, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews battling a pair of wildfires in northern Arizona were expecting some growth Thursday because of warm, dry and breezy conditions, but rain that could help quell the blazes is on its way. Both blazes were moving through grass, brush and pine trees...

Summer rainy season sets up across Four Corners region

Jun. 15, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Some Arizona residents were battered by flooding last year when the summer rainy season known simply as the monsoon unleashed on mountains that have been scorched by flames — a concern again this year for residents in the throes of a particularly ferocious wildfire...

Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona, California

Jun. 13, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Western U.S. on Monday marked another day of hot, dry and windy weather as crews from California to New Mexico battled wildfires that had forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. Roughly 2,500 homes have been evacuated because of two wildfires...

Winds push fire to within 8 miles of Alaska Native community

Jun. 09, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaskaa (AP) — High winds have pushed a wildfire to within miles of an Alaska Native village in western Alaska, officials said Thursday. No evacuation orders were issued for St. Mary’s though the East Fork Fire was within 8 miles (12.9 kilometers), the U.S. Bureau of...

Critical fire condition warnings issued across US Southwest

May. 28, 2022 20:15 PM EDT

Warnings of critical fire conditions blanketed much of the U.S. Southwest on Saturday, as crews in northern New Mexico worked to stop the growth of the nation's largest active wildfire. The 7-week-old fire, the largest in New Mexico history, has burned 491 square miles (1,272 square...