Latest Wildfires News

Utility: damaged power lines in area of California fire

Oct. 04, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damaged power lines were found in the area where wildfire broke out last month east of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison told regulators this week. Cal Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the Fairview Fire, which erupted Sept. 5...

Officials say Nebraska Sandhills wildfire 30% contained

Oct. 04, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

HALSEY, Neb. (AP) — Progress has been made in containing a large Nebraska Sandhills wildfire where one firefighter died while fighting the flames, which also destroyed much of a popular youth campsite and threatened a small village, officials said Tuesday. The Bovee Fire in...

Washington wildfire human caused, evacuation orders lifted

Oct. 03, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — The Bolt Creek Fire burning northeast of Seattle near Skykomish was human-caused, the Western Washington Incident Management Team has confirmed. According to authorities, the fire started Sept. 10 and as of Monday had grown to approximately 19.5 square...

Volunteer firefighter dies in Nebraska Sandhills wildfire

Oct. 03, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

HALSEY, Neb. (AP) — A longtime volunteer firefighter died while battling a large wildfire in drought-stricken central Nebraska that destroyed much of a youth campsite and led officials to evacuate a nearby village. Mike Moody, 59, the assistant chief of the Purdum Volunteer Fire...

US approves $2.5B in fire aid for New Mexico victims

Sep. 30, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico residents on Friday celebrated the passage of a government spending bill that includes $2.5 billion in relief for those affected by a historic wildfire sparked earlier this year by the federal government. U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger...

Ex-PG&E execs to pay $117M to settle lawsuit over wildfires

Sep. 29, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former executives and directors of Pacific Gas & Electric have agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit over devastating 2017 and 2018 California wildfires sparked by the utility's equipment, it was announced Thursday. The settlement was announced...

Officials seek possible starter of Idaho's largest wildfire

Sep. 28, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities are searching for whoever left an unextinguished campfire they say led to the largest wildfire in Idaho this year that has drawn hundreds of firefighters, three of whom died. Wildfire officials said Wednesday that the 200-square-mile...

Highway 2 closes again in Washington because of wildfire

Sep. 27, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — US Highway 2 near Skykomish, Washington, is again closed because of the Bolt Creek Fire burning near the roadway. Three miles (4.8 kilometers) of the highway closed Monday night and was extended to 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) Tuesday morning, KING 5 News...

Pelosi: US has to do more to help with wildfire recovery

Sep. 26, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the federal government has to do more to help with recovery in the wake of a devastating wildfire that charred several hundred homes and destroyed the livelihoods of many rural New Mexico residents. The...

Forest service seizes PG&E equipment as part of fire probe

Sep. 26, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal investigators have taken possession of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. utility transmission pole and attached equipment in a criminal probe into what started a Northern California fire that has become the largest in the state this year, the utility said in a regulatory...