Latest Deserts News

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 42

Nov. 12, 2018 10:37 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's...

Arizona workers find woman who survived in desert for 6 days

Oct. 31, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona transportation worker Zach Moralez knew something wasn't right when he saw a damaged fence along a highway. Tracks went off the edge of the road and through the fence on the edge of the hill. Moralez, a highway operations technician, knew there had to be a car at the bottom. "We got...

Effort underway to seal old mines, but some want them open

Oct. 30, 2018 10:07 PM EDT

EUREKA, Utah (AP) — Underneath the mountains and deserts of the U.S. West lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, an underground world that can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder. They are a legacy of the region's prospecting past, when almost anyone could dig a mine and then walk away, with...