Latest Wildfires News

Escaped campfire blamed for Pilot Mountain blaze

Dec. 02, 2021 19:08 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A wildfire at Pilot Mountain State Park has burned 1,100 acres (445 hectares) and was about 80% contained Thursday, according to the North Carolina Forest Service. Though the humidity is low and winds are gusty, officials said the fire is...

Wildfire destroys 24 houses in central Montana town

Dec. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fire crews...

Wind-pushed fires force evacuations, burn homes in Montana

Dec. 01, 2021 19:18 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of people in the town of Denton were forced to flee flames pushed by strong winds in central Montana on Wednesday, while a fire south of the city of Great Falls burned 11 homes as well as sheds and other small buildings, officials said. ...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: How North Carolina can prepare for the COVID omicron variant There’s yet another coronavirus variant out there that could pose a new threat. The World Health Organization has...

Wildfire continues to burn at a North Carolina state park

Nov. 30, 2021 19:44 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A wildfire at North Carolina's Pilot Mountain State Park had grown to more than 1,000 acres (400 hectares) by Tuesday afternoon, twice its size of a day earlier, authoritiess said. Officials said the blaze, which has burned more than 1,050...

Oral history of deadly Gatlinburg fire going online

Nov. 30, 2021 04:08 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — An oral history of a deadly wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and devastated Gatlinburg in 2016 will be easily accessible to the public beginning on Tuesday. That's when Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2...

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns hundreds of acres

Nov. 29, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned hundreds of acres. Meanwhile the N.C. Forest Service announced Monday a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning...

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park has burned 180 acres

Nov. 28, 2021 13:20 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters in North Carolina are working to put out a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned 180 acres. The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department said the park is closed and likely will be all week. ...

Lessons learned from the fire that almost destroyed Tahoe

Nov. 28, 2021 04:11 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick trees that dot the mountainsides. Gray...

Talladega Forest wildfires 90% contained, trails reopen

Nov. 27, 2021 10:48 AM EST

BRENT, Ala. (AP) — Two separate wildfires burning in the Talladega National Forest are over 90 percent contained as of Friday and trails will reopen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Federal officials said conditions are safe to reopen...