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California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires have burned into at least four groves of gigantic ancient sequoias in national parks and forests, though cooler weather on Friday helped crews trying to keep the flames away from a famous cluster containing the world’s largest tree. ...

Fire burns main building of lodge on mountain near Las Vegas

Sep. 17, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire on Friday burned the main building of the Mount Charleston Lodge in a forest area that is a popular retreat from summer heat for Las Vegas residents. A fire official and a representative of the company that owns the business said the building that...

Firefighters battling two wildfires in Nebraska panhandle

Sep. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

GERING, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters have been battling Friday two wildfires that broke out miles apart in the Nebraska panhandle. The Vista Trend fire south of Gering has burned nearly 6 square miles with zero containment, while a smaller Post Fire near Crawford has...

EXPLAINER: Fighting fire with fire to protect sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives...

California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

Sep. 16, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal...

US Forest Service hits brakes on Arizona restoration project

Sep. 16, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put the brakes on a effort to thin hundreds of square miles of land in Arizona to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, drawing sharp rebukes from elected officials. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is the...

Fighting fire with fire to protect ancient sequoia trees

Sep. 16, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Sequoia National Park's giant trees at risk as fires grow

Sep. 15, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle Wednesday against two expanding forest fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure. The Colony and Paradise fires, ignited by lightning strikes last week,...

DNR lands east of Cascades to reopen Thursday

Sep. 15, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Department of Natural Resources lands east of the Cascades will reopen to public access on Thursday. The department closed those lands on July 23 because of extreme heat, drought and wildfire danger and large fires burning across the West that...