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Rain, snow slow New Mexico fire, but hot, dry weather looms

May. 24, 2022 22:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The largest wildfire in North America slowed to a near standstill in northern New Mexico Tuesday amid light rain and a bit of snow in the mountains as nearly 3,000 firefighters scrambled to get ahead of a worsening fire forecast in the days ahead. The Memorial...

Heightened wildfire threat prompts stricter restrictions

May. 24, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's six national forests and some local governments and land management agencies are implementing stricter campfire and smoking restrictions because of the heightened wildfire threat, officials announced Tuesday. Heightened restrictions ordered by the...

California cuts grass watering down as drought dries West

May. 24, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain green spaces as the state's drought drags on. The ban adopted by the State Water...

EXPLAINER: How cities in the West have water amid drought

May. 24, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

As drought and climate change tighten their grip on the American West, the sight of fountains, swimming pools, gardens and golf courses in cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boise, and Albuquerque can be jarring at first glance. Western water experts,...

Pope offers solidarity to Gaylord, Michigan, after tornado

May. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is offering his condolences and solidarity to the people of Gaylord, Michigan, following a deadly tornado. The Vatican on Tuesday released a telegram signed by the Vatican secretary of state addressed to Gaylord Bishop Jeffrey Walsh saying Francis...

Nursing home owner loses US funding after Ida evacuations

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nursing home owner in Louisiana who lost the state licenses for his seven facilities after moving hundreds of residents to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached has now been barred from federal health care programs. State officials found...

Alaska road cut off by massive landslide to reopen Friday

May. 24, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Officials this week intend to reopen a road that has been closed for more than two weeks following a massive landslide that cut off access to the city of Seward from a smaller community. The May 7 slide cut off travel between Lowell Point and Seward, which is...

Northern California interior to see high fire danger, heat

May. 24, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A large swath of the interior of California was warned of wildfire danger and high heat on Tuesday. Red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions were in effect in the Sacramento Valley and foothills of the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada due...

2 wildfires in southern, western Colorado fully contained

May. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two wildfires burning in southern and western Colorado have been fully contained. A fire that burned over 1,500 acres (2.3 square miles) near the former mining town of Cripple Creek was fully contained Tuesday, nearly two weeks after it started, the Teller County...

Cooler New Mexico weather aids big wildfire fight -- for now

May. 23, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

MORA, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 firefighters in New Mexico kept the nation's largest active wildfire from growing on Monday as they took advantage of cooler weather before the return of more dangerous conditions later in the week. “Overall, a good day,” fire operations chief...