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Crews make steady gains on wildfire in rural Arizona

Jun. 13, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke will be visible for days or possibly weeks in south-central Arizona where crews continue to strengthen the perimeter around a wildfire. Nearly 1,000 firefighters focused Sunday on monitoring and mopping up the fire lines around the blaze...

Southern California brush fire prompts evacuations

Jun. 13, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a brush fire has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest. U.S. Forest Service firefighters said the fire broke out Sunday morning and charred 150 acres,...

Utah crews make headway in battling several wildfires

Jun. 13, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fire crews are making progress containing several wildfires across Utah despite high temperatures and windy conditions that prompted officials to issue red flag warnings in much of the state. Nearly 300 firefighters on Sunday had contained 10% of...

Fallen smokejumper honored by fellow wildland firefighters

Jun. 13, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Fellow wildland firefighters, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon paid tribute during a weekend memorial for Tim Hart, a 36-year-old smokejumper from Cody, Wyoming, who died following a hard fall while fighting a New Mexico wildfire on...

Fire disrupts live theater performance in Wichita Saturday

Jun. 13, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A fire disrupted opening night at the Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita after lighting appeared to strike the nearly 100-year-old building. General manager Max Wilson told The Wichita Eagle that the fire in a breaker in the basement interrupted a...

Crews trying to contain wildfire south Belen

Jun. 13, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire south of Belen that jumped the Rio Grande has residents preparing for a possible evacuation. Valencia County Fire Department officials say the blaze, which has burned 0.47 square miles (1.2 square kilometers), was at zero containment as of...

Wildfires blaze in Siberia, Russian Far East

Jun. 13, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency workers fought wildfires burning Sunday on more than 550 square kilometers (212 square miles) of territory mostly in Siberia and the Far East. The state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said the largest...

Wisconsin fire deemed suspicious after officials find body

Jun. 13, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire in Fort Atkinson as suspicious, after finding a body inside the building. State fire and criminal investigation officials say they have a suspect in custody in connection to the death, but no further...

Pandemic pools lead to chlorine shortages in some US areas

Jun. 13, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — An odd thing happened as the COVID-19 pandemic took full hold of the United States last summer. Suddenly, as people were stuck at home, they quickly realized that they needed an outlet to feel some sense of normalcy. What better...

Car crashes into building housing plasma center; 3 dead

Jun. 12, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A car crashed into a building housing a plasma center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing three people and injuring two others, one critically, authorities said. Police, fire and emergency medical services responded after the crash into the Biomat USA...