Latest Wildfires News

Cooler New Mexico weather aids big wildfire fight -- for now

May. 23, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

MORA, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 firefighters in New Mexico kept the nation's largest active wildfire from growing on Monday as they took advantage of cooler weather before the return of more dangerous conditions later in the week. “Overall, a good day,” fire operations chief...

Man pleads guilty to setting fires in California forest

May. 23, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who set nearly a dozen wildfires in a Northern California national forest pleaded guilty Monday to being a serial arsonist. Eric Michael Smith, 41, of Redding, entered guilty pleas to four counts of arson in a federal court in Sacramento but...

Some New Mexico wildfire evacuees worry about their future

May. 22, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

MORA, N.M. (AP) — As more than 2,700 firefighters in northern New Mexico continued to battle the nation’s largest active wildfire on Sunday, many evacuees were growing concerned about their future after weeks away from home The biggest fire in the state’s recorded history has...

Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future

May. 22, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless...

Better weather conditions aid crews working New Mexico fires

May. 21, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

Improved weather conditions Saturday helped firefighters battling several large wildfires in New Mexico, including the largest active fire in the nation. A cold front that blew in Friday lowered temperatures, raised humidity levels and provided cloud cover over the largest fire,...

Small forest blaze burns in gusty, dry Northern California

May. 20, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

CAMPTONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled small blazes near Sacramento and in the Sierra Nevada on Friday as forecasters warned of critical fire weather conditions in the interior of Northern California due to gusty winds and low humidity levels. Red flag warnings were in...

Forest fire in northern New Hampshire is nearly contained

May. 20, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A forest fire in northern New Hampshire that's burned 106 acres is nearly contained, officials said Friday. The Bemis Fire in Crawford Notch State Park, the White Mountain National Forest, and on private land began on May 13. It is in steep, rugged terrain....

Gusty winds fan wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

May. 19, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that's picking up steam again in New Mexico. Evacuation...

Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

May. 19, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the...

Jordan offers to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus

May. 19, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus through the summer fire season, the Cypriot foreign minister said Monday. Minister Ioannis Kasoulides thanked the Jordanian monarch following talks with his Jordanian...