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DNR: Northern Michigan wildfire is now 98 percent contained

May. 17, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

ONAWAY, Mich. (AP) — A wildfire in a heavily forested area of northern Michigan is now 98% contained and all road closures in the area have been lifted, state officials said Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said a stretch of the Black River that was previously...

Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

May. 17, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — At least 11 people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s remote northeast region, officials said Tuesday. Several railway stations were closed because of floods, said Nazreen Ahmed, a senior official in Assam’s Dima Hasao...

Rain brings relief to massive, record-wildfire in New Mexico

May. 16, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

Lightning sparked a few new small fires in the drought-stricken Southwest Monday but the thunderstorms brought welcome rain to the monster blaze that’s been churning for a month in New Mexico and is now the state's largest in recorded history. “We haven’t seen rain in a really...

Deputy stands trial after SC women drowned in police van

May. 16, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy charged in the deaths of two women who drowned in a locked police van in 2018 ignored barricades and drove into rapidly rising floodwaters against advice from his supervisors and officials on the South Carolina highway, a prosecutor said Monday. ...

Oregon leaders warn of difficult wildfire season; urge prep

May. 16, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon remains poised to see a potentially “challenging” wildfire season this summer, despite a wet and cool spring in much of western Oregon, one of the state’s top fire watchers said Monday. The rain and snow have helped to push back a fire season that...

Firefighters making progress on northern NH fire

May. 16, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A forest fire in northern New Hampshire is down to a little over 100 acres and rain on Monday helped firefighters' efforts, forest officials said. The Bemis Fire is in Crawford Notch State Park, the White Mountain National Forest, and on private land. It's...

Colorado Springs enacts fire ban after series of fires

May. 16, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs is enacting a fire ban after a series of fires have spread quickly in hot and dry conditions, including a fatal one caused by smoking. Under the ban taking effect Monday, smoking and grilling will be banned in parks in Colorado's...

Popular state trail reopened following years of repairs

May. 16, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — The popular Elroy-Sparta State Trail in western Wisconsin officially reopened over the weekend following several years of flood-related repairs. Summer flood damage in 2018 closed the 32-mile-long trail which had about 60,000 visitors a year. The state...

Low winds may help crews control huge New Mexico wildfire

May. 15, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Crews fighting the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history are trying to take advantage of several days of mild winds to gain control over a fire that had charred more than 450 square miles (1,165 square kilometers) by Sunday. Fire officials said the...

Firefighters battle large forest fire in White Mountains

May. 15, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) — Firefighters in New Hampshire are battling a large forest fire that's burned hundreds of acres in the White Mountains this weekend. The U.S. Forest Service said federal, state and local personnel responded to a fire on state land in Crawford Notch State Park...