Latest Wildfires News

Wildfires threaten communities in the West as Oregon fire closes interstate, creates its own weather

Jul. 23, 2024 22:55 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters in the West are scrambling as wildfires threaten communities in Oregon, California and Washington, with at least one Oregon fire so large that it is creating its own weather. Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon was closed in both directions...

Wildfires send about 25,000 fleeing from Canadian Rockies’ largest national park and nearby town

Jul. 23, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Multiple wildfires in the Canadian Rockies' largest national park sent up to 25,000 visitors and residents fleeing west over the last open mountain road Tuesday, navigating through darkness and soot following a government alert during the area's busiest tourist time of...

Wildfires plague the West amid a scorching heat wave. Homes burn in Southern California

Jul. 22, 2024 21:00 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — At least a half-dozen homes lay in ruins Monday after one of many dangerous wildfires in the West suddenly swept into a Southern California neighborhood during a blistering heat wave. Six homes were ravaged and seven damaged when the fire sparked by...

New Mexico village battered by wildfires in June now digging out from another round of flooding

Jul. 22, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico village that was ravaged by wildfires in June and then battered off-and-on by flooding across burn scars was cleaning up Monday from another round of flash flooding in which a dozen people had to be rescued and many more were displaced from their homes....

FBI says man, woman may be linked to six human-caused wildfires in southern New Mexico

Jul. 22, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire that burned more than 12 square miles (31.08 square kilometers) in southern New Mexico last month was human caused and two people may be to blame, federal authorities said Monday. The FBI said a man and woman may be linked to a vehicle seen fleeing...

Evacuations lifted for Salt Lake City fire that triggered evacuations near state Capitol

Jul. 22, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities in Utah lifted evacuation orders for a wildfire in Salt Lake City that threatened neighborhoods near the state Capitol over the weekend. The evacuation order was lifted late Sunday after authorities said more than 100 firefighters worked to protect...

Wildfires: homes burn as flames descend on a Southern California neighborhood

Jul. 21, 2024 22:20 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Homes burned Sunday when flames descended on a Southern California neighborhood as wildfires popped up across the state amid soaring temperatures. Evacuations were ordered when the Hawarden Fire grew to more than 400 acres (160 hectares) and spread to a...

Village in southern New Mexico ravaged by wildfires last month now facing another flash flood watch

Jul. 21, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A mountain village in southern New Mexico that was ravaged by wildfires last month is under a new flash flood watch, authorities said Sunday. The National Weather Service said heavy rain was forecast for Ruidoso on Sunday with the flash flood warning in effect...

Salt Lake City wildfire prompts mandatory evacuations uphill from Utah's state capitol

Jul. 21, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

A wildfire in Salt Lake City forced people living uphill from Utah's state capitol to evacuate, and it remained uncontained Sunday as more than 100 firefighters worked to protect nearby homes. Helicopters and airplanes were dropping buckets over the flames as ground crews tried to...

Lightning strikes kill cattle, start fires in Greece during heat wave

Jul. 20, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Lightning strikes in northern Greece killed cattle and started fires during a dayslong heat wave affecting most of southern Europe. Several fires were reported near the city of Kozani, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Athens following a dry...