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Very hot temperatures feed fire danger

Aug. 9, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Temperatures in the 100s are forecast in much of eastern Washington, raising the threat from wildfires in the region. The state Department of Natural Resources says Thursday's high temperatures, mixed with winds and low humidity, create conditions in which wildfires can grow larger....

2 eastern New Mexico counties ease fire restrictions

Aug. 9, 2018 1:44 AM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two eastern New Mexico counties are lifting fire restrictions as summer storms have helped ease some extreme drought conditions in the state. The Eastern New Mexico News reports Curry County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to lift a burn ban in effect since March following a...

Fire restrictions ordered in west-central Montana

Aug. 8, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Campfires, smoking and off-road driving will be prohibited in west-central Montana, beginning at noon Friday, due to the wildfire danger. The Stage II restrictions apply in Missoula, Ravalli, Mineral and Sanders counties and the Flathead Indian Reservation. Chris Johnson with the...

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Aug. 5, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday. The Pacific Gas and Electric...

Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as state battles 17 blazes

Aug. 5, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the president he has...

The Latest: Evacuation orders issued for parts of 2 counties

Aug. 4, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Authorities are calling on residents in Glenn and Colusa counties in Northern California to evacuate as a fire there continues to grow. Cal Fire issued the evacuation order Saturday night to people who live in several...

The Latest: Growing California fires prompt new evacuations

Aug. 4, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Authorities are ordering residents along a Northern California lake to evacuate homes in the path of a growing wildfire amid concerns that hot, windy and dry weather conditions will persist throughout the weekend....

Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

Aug. 3, 2018 7:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds in the "fire whirl" created July 26 near Redding reached...

The Latest: New evacuations ordered for California wildfire

Aug. 3, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires raging in California (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Authorities have ordered more evacuations in Northern California as fires continue to advance. The orders were issued Thursday night for an area along the boundary of Mendocino National Forest and along...

Montana's slow fire season may be heating up

Aug. 2, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The slow start to Montana's fire season this summer has been a relief with the state still recovering from the record amount spent fighting fires last year. But that may soon change with new warnings popping up after a dry July. Red-flag conditions exist across much of Montana, with...