Latest Wildfires News

5 juveniles accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County

May. 24, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — Five juveniles are accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County that forced the evacuation of 150 homes, authorities said The fire burned 65 acres in the small town of Bagdad before being brought under control Friday. The juveniles were smoking despite a fire ban on the area when...

Tucson-area wildfire caused by abandoned campfire

May. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An abandoned campfire ignited a wildfire this week on Mount Lemmon in southern Arizona while fire restrictions were in effect, forest service officials said. The fire started Thursday about a half mile south of the mountaintop community of Summerhaven near Busch Spring, authorities...

Fire threatening homes near Cave Creek 100% containted

May. 22, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire that threatened dozens of homes and caused temporary evacuations is now 100% contained. The fire burned a little over 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) near Cave Creek, a community about 33 miles north of Phoenix. More than 130 homes were temporarily evacuated...

Maine marijuana smokers causes fire in field, officials say

May. 22, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

COOPER, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was smoking marijuana while mowing a field is being blamed for starting a wildfire. The man lost his footing, fell down and lost his joint while mowing a field. “He then walked back up to his house and then turned and noticed the field was on fire,”...

Roughly 315 acres burn at state park in eastern Pennsylvania

May. 22, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

WEATHERLY, Pa. (AP) — A fire that burned roughly 315 acres at a state park in eastern Pennsylvania this week has been fully contained, authorities said. The fire at the Lehigh Gorge park apparently started Wednesday afternoon near a set of railroad tracks not far from the Glen Onoko Falls access point....

Wildfire leads to 150 homes evacuated in small Arizona town

May. 21, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in the small town of Bagdad forced the evacuations of 150 homes Thursday and authorities said crews were trying to contain the 55-acre fire by sunset. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said the fire began Thursday afternoon and its cause isn’t immediately...

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, file photo shows Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. A decision was announced Friday, May 1, 2020, that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. will sweep out three quarters of its board of directors to start with a mostly clean slate when it emerges from a bankruptcy case triggered by deadly wildfires ignited in Northern California by the utility's neglected electrical grid. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Officials: Email delays key vote on PG&E's bankruptcy plan

May. 21, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators unexpectedly delayed a key vote Thursday on Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy after saying one of the utility's most outspoken critics sent an improper email attacking the company's proposal to pay wildfire victims. ...

State lifts fire alert for south Alabama after rains

May. 21, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The state said Thursday it was lifting a fire danger advisory that covered 15 counties in south Alabama. Dry conditions and breezy winds prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to issue the alert last week, but scattered rainfall improved conditions. Fire crews on Tuesday finally...

Forest fire consumes hundreds of acres in southern NJ

May. 20, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

WINSLOW, N.J. (AP) — A forest fire that has consumed more than 2,100 acres in southern New Jersey had mostly been contained by Wednesday afternoon, and authorities said it was not posing a threat to nearby homes or businesses. The fire apparently started around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Winslow Wildlife...

Wildfire in Cave Creek deemed under control, 70% contained

May. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A wind-whipped brush fire that grew to more than 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) was 70 % contained by Tuesday afternoon and authorities were getting ready to lift evacuation orders. More than 130 homes were evacuated Monday as a precaution with some of the homes less than a mile from...