Latest Wildfires News

California still deep in drought despite atmospheric river

Oct. 26, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deluge California received from a powerful atmospheric river made streams and waterfalls come alive while coating mountains with snow, but as the storm headed east to the Plains on Tuesday it left the Golden State still deep in drought. The...

'Atmospheric river' drenches drought-stricken California

Oct. 26, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful atmospheric river storm that swept through California set rainfall records and helped douse wildfires. But it remained to be seen how much of a dent it made in the state's drought. The weather system weakened as it moved south but still...

Record-breaking storm douses drought-stricken California

Oct. 25, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Across Northern California, crews worked Monday to clear streets of toppled trees and branches and to clean gutters clogged by debris carried by rainwater from a massive storm that caused flooding and rock slides, and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands. ...

Tens of thousands without power in WA, OR; 2 killed by tree

Oct. 24, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A strong Pacific storm system that triggered mud flows in wildfire-scarred areas of California also slammed the Washington state and Oregon Sunday, threatening coastal flooding and causing power outages affecting tens of thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest. ...

After California wildfire, thousands of trees to be removed

Oct. 23, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of California wildfires, upwards of 10,000 trees weakened by fires, drought, disease or age must be removed, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees. The hazard...

EXPLAINER: How wildfires impact wildlife, their habitat

Oct. 23, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The porcupines were walking slow and funny, more so than they usually do. Their stride concerned some residents in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood who called a rehabilitation center. Turns out, the porcupines had extensive burns to their paws,...

Fire-scarred California braces for more storms, flash floods

Oct. 22, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California residents relieved that this week’s rain helped contain stubborn wildfires and soaked dry gardens were cleaning up Friday and preparing for a massive storm this weekend that could bring flash flooding to vast areas scorched by fire. ...

Wet storm with wind, rain, snow heading into Sierra Nevada

Oct. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wet prewinter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and wind to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada this weekend, with possible flooding on wildfire-scarred mountain hillsides. The National Weather Service said Friday an “atmospheric river” is...

Fire that threatened Lake Tahoe region is now 100% contained

Oct. 21, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The 2-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe resort region over the summer has been declared 100% contained, officials said. The fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles (896 square kilometers) of the Sierra...

Auditors: ODOT can learn from missteps in wildfire logging

Oct. 20, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation can learn from its challenging experience overseeing the biggest wildfire cleanup job in state history, according to Oregon Secretary of State auditors. Auditors did a limited review of the state’s hazard...