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New Mexico marks record with massive wildfire

May. 16, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

A monster blaze churning in northern New Mexico for more than a month has blackened enough acreage to earn a place in the state’s record books. Aside from being the largest wildfire currently burning in the U.S., the fire moving over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is now the...

New Mexico governor seeks more US aid for wildfire response

May. 14, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is asking for additional federal assistance to respond to wildfires burning across the state's north, including one that is the second-largest in the state’s history and that officials estimate has destroyed hundreds of homes. Gov....

Wildfire prompts northern Michigan hunting camp evacuation

May. 14, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

ONAWAY, Mich. (AP) — Crews continued fighting a wildfire Saturday in a heavily forested area of northern Michigan that prompted the evacuation of 13 people from a hunting and fishing camp, officials said. The fire was reported mid-day Friday and spread by Saturday morning to about...

'Like an inferno:' US West burning at furious pace so far

May. 12, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains charred by a month-old monster blaze. The two places could not be more...

Massive New Mexico wildfire grows, but Taos safe for now

May. 12, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

Burning now for more than a month, the largest wildfire in the U.S. was spreading toward mountain resort towns in northern New Mexico on Wednesday, prompting officials to issue another set of warnings for more people to evacuate. “Day 36,” fire spokesman Bill Morse said at a...

New Mexico fire costs top $65M; blaze moves closer to Taos

May. 10, 2022 23:38 PM EDT

Many homes near America’s largest wildfire survived the latest barrage of howling winds and erratic flames but New Mexico’s governor said Tuesday the risk of more destruction is high and that the long-term costs of recovering from the massive blaze will soar. Two more days of...

Crews fighting brush fire in White Mountain National Forest

May. 10, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

SHELBURNE, N.H. (AP) — Crews on Tuesday were battling an estimated 45-acre brush fire in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest and said it might have been caused by a person who started the fire for warmth or cooking. The fire is west of the Leadmine State Forest in steep,...

New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

May. 07, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — With the worst of the thick wildfire smoke having blown out of town, residents of this small northern New Mexico city tried to recapture a sense of normalcy Saturday as their rural neighbors hunkered down amid predictions of extreme fire conditions. Shops and...

Wisconsin officials issue wildfire warnings across the state

May. 07, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin officials have issued wildfire warnings across the state for Saturday. The state Department of Natural Resources has listed 52 counties in the “very high risk” category for fires, mostly in the northern part of the state. Eight counties are listed as...

Artificial intelligence tapped to fight Western wildfires

May. 07, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — With wildfires becoming bigger and more destructive as the West dries out and heats up, agencies and officials tasked with preventing and battling the blazes could soon have a new tool to add to their arsenal of prescribed burns, pick axes, chain saws and aircraft. ...