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Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

Aug. 14, 2018 2:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yosemite National Park's reopening can't come soon enough for Douglas Shaw. The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his 120-person hotel just outside Yosemite. Most of the park is set to reopen Tuesday....

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

Aug. 14, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season. Meanwhile, a Utah firefighter died Monday battling a massive...

The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

Aug. 14, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the US West (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the...

Wildfire north of Spokane burns 3 homes, forces evacuations

Aug. 13, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning north of Spokane destroyed at least three homes and threatens over one hundred more. The Spokesman-Review reports that Boyd's fire which started Saturday near Kettle Falls quickly moved up a slope away from the city and grew Monday morning to about 3 square...

Authorities say firefighter killed battling Northern California wildfire

Aug. 13, 2018 10:45 PM EDT
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say firefighter killed battling Northern California wildfire.

California man struggles to cope with loss of family in fire

Aug. 13, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

Ed Bledsoe swears the sound of angels was the last thing he heard before a call from his great-grandson abruptly ended and a wildfire killed the 5-year-old boy, his 4-year-old sister and their great grandmother while consuming their Redding, California, home. So the irony, the message or whatever you want to call...

Mandatory evacuations lifted as fire burns near Hot Springs

Aug. 13, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in southwestern South Dakota where a grass and timber fire is burning. Fall River County Emergency Management officials say people who decide to return to their homes should keep their bags packed because they may be asked to evacuate again...

The Latest: Oahu highway open after rush-hour landslide

Aug. 13, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a landslide closing lanes of an Oahu highway (all times local): 12:45 p.m. All lanes of an Oahu highway have re-opened after a landslide during the morning rush-hour commute. The state Department of Transportation says a 7 a.m. landslide closed the Honolulu-bound lanes of the...

Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes

Aug. 13, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An earthquake and an aftershock that followed Sunday were the two largest recorded temblors to rock Alaska's North Slope, according to quake experts. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the ground at 6:58 a.m. Sunday on the northern side the Brook Range, the mountains that run west to...

Oahu highway landslide closes lanes during rush-hour

Aug. 13, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu-bound lanes of a highway remain closed after a landslide during the rush-hour commute. The state Department of Transportation posted on Facebook at about 8:30 a.m. Monday that motorists should avoid Honolulu-bound lanes of Pali Highway because of a landslide blocking the left lane...