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2 homes destroyed in Southern California brush fire

Jun. 13, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Two homes have been destroyed in a brush fire that prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest, authorities said. Three other homes and three outbuildings were damaged. U.S....

Crews make steady gains on wildfire in rural Arizona

Jun. 13, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke will be visible for days or possibly weeks in south-central Arizona where crews continue to strengthen the perimeter around a wildfire. Nearly 1,000 firefighters focused Sunday on monitoring and mopping up the fire lines around the blaze...

Utah crews make headway in battling several wildfires

Jun. 13, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fire crews are making progress containing several wildfires across Utah despite high temperatures and windy conditions that prompted officials to issue red flag warnings in much of the state. Nearly 300 firefighters on Sunday had contained 10% of...

Fallen smokejumper honored by fellow wildland firefighters

Jun. 13, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Fellow wildland firefighters, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon paid tribute during a weekend memorial for Tim Hart, a 36-year-old smokejumper from Cody, Wyoming, who died following a hard fall while fighting a New Mexico wildfire on...

Aid for Navajo ranchers hit by drought, pandemic on its way

Jun. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo ranchers impacted by the pandemic and ongoing drought may soon qualify for assistance to supplement their livestock with hay and grain. The Navajo Nation Council passed legislation earlier this year to allocate $4 million for hay, grain...

Despite drought, most Lake Sakakawea boat ramps should be OK

Jun. 13, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Popular boat ramps on Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota should remain in operation until freeze-up despite the dry conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says. The lake is about 6 feet lower than it was at this time a year ago. The Corps says it...

Crews trying to contain wildfire south Belen

Jun. 13, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire south of Belen that jumped the Rio Grande has residents preparing for a possible evacuation. Valencia County Fire Department officials say the blaze, which has burned 0.47 square miles (1.2 square kilometers), was at zero containment as of...

Wildfires blaze in Siberia, Russian Far East

Jun. 13, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency workers fought wildfires burning Sunday on more than 550 square kilometers (212 square miles) of territory mostly in Siberia and the Far East. The state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said the largest...

Evacuation orders prompted by fire lifted for 2 communities

Jun. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — People living in two communities in south-central Arizona that were evacuated due to a massive wildfire can now return home. Evacuation orders were lifted Saturday for the communities of Top-of-the-World and Oak Flats. Electric power also was...

4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

Jun. 12, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.6 earthquake rattled Southern California on Friday night but no damage or injuries were reported. The quake struck at 9:39 p.m. a few miles from the the town of Niland in Imperial County near the Salton Sea, according to preliminary...