Latest Wildfires News

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

High winds fuel fire near Rocky Mountain National Park

Oct. 22, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A fire that closed Rocky Mountain National Park and forced nearby residents to flee their homes has grown to 265 square miles (686 square kilometers), authorities said Thursday night. Noel Livingston, incident commander for the East Troublesome Fire, said during a community meeting that the...

Northern California to see more dry, windy conditions

Oct. 21, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California entered a new round of fire danger Wednesday as forecasters predicted the ongoing dry conditions will be punctuated by bursts of gusty offshore winds through the rest of the week. Pacific Gas & Electric said it would cut electricity starting Wednesday evening to...

Man gets 10 years for arson in fire west of Eugene

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MAPLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man who started a fire west of Eugene near Mapleton in August will serve 10 years in prison. Elias Pendergrass, of Mapleton was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree arson, KCBY-TV reported. The district attorney’s office said Pendergrass must also...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of Mountain Ridge Road and Foothills Ranch Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, after the CalWood Fire burned through the area, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Some 3,000 firefighters fight to contain Colorado wildfires

Oct. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s a snapshot from hell: A group of firefighters brace themselves against a furious wind blowing dust and debris and fanning flames in a reddish-orange Martian landscape that is all too real for crews battling several dangerous wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming....

Correction: Railroad Bridge-Major Disaster story

Oct. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — In a story October 20, 2020, about a Washington state request for federal disaster relief because of widespread widlfires in September, The Associated Press erroneously reported the state had asked that a destroyed, 100-year-old bridge across the Yakima River near Prosser be included....

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of the Lake of the Pines neighborhood and Allens Lake, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, before the CalWood Fire, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

People warned to reduce driving because of Colorado fires

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — People in Colorado's most populated region were being asked Tuesday to limit driving to avoid making air pollution caused by smoke wildfires even worse. The state health department issued the warning for the Denver and Boulder metro areas because of three fires burning in the area,...

More fire-prevention power shutoffs possible in California

Oct. 20, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electricity may be shut off to about 54,000 Northern California utility customers this week to try to prevent power lines from sparking and igniting new wildfires during a predicted new round of gusty, hot and dry weather. Customers in parts of 19 counties and in two tribal communities...

Crews work to protect homes in evacuated Arizona community

Oct. 20, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters have installed sprinklers and cleared open spaces to protect homes in the evacuated small community of Crown King from a wildfire burning in the Prescott National Forest north-central Arizona. The fire remained at about 14.3 square miles (37 square kilometers) with...