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No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

May. 26, 2018 1:24 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dry pine needles and dead wood snapped under fire prevention officer Matt Engbring's boots as he hiked a half-mile into the woods in search of a makeshift campsite that had served as one man's home until this week when the area was closed because of the escalating threat of massive...

As wildfire danger looms, Arizona forest lands start closing

May. 19, 2018 1:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Tourists and the residents of Arizona mountain towns that rely on them won't have access to parts of some national forests this summer as authorities attempt to prevent wildfires in the drought-parched state during a critically dangerous time. Coconino National Forest officials announced...

Officials: Weekend wildfire risk high in northern Michigan

May. 11, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dry, windy conditions are expected to raise the wildfire risk this weekend in northern Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the greatest threats are in the Upper Peninsula, which has been dealing with an extended dry period. But officials also are cautioning residents in...

Critical fire weather conditions predicted Thursday, Friday

May. 10, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Weather Service says much of northern Arizona will have "critical fire weather conditions" Thursday through Saturday due to a storm system approaching the state from the northwest. A fire weather watch has been issued for an area extending from the mountains in Yavapai...

The Latest: Officials: Illegal campfire sparked Arizona fire

May. 1, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

CLINTS WELL, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in Arizona (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Authorities say an illegal campfire sparked a wildfire in Arizona that has prompted evacuations while burning 30 buildings and threatening about 1,000 homes and other structures. Coconino National Forest...

Arizona wildfire grows but weather conditions improve

May. 1, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

CLINTS WELL, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in Arizona grew but improved weather conditions Tuesday could help firefighters in the area with numerous summer and vacation homes, officials said Tuesday. Higher humidity and cloud cover should help nearly 600 personnel assigned to the fire that has grown to nearly 18...

Grass blaze closes Michigan highway amid wildfire warning

May. 1, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A portion of a southeastern Michigan highway was closed for several hours after a semitrailer fire spread to grass along the roadway as much of the state is under a wildfire warning. Authorities closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 north of Interstate 96 near Brighton for about...

Dry conditions, strong winds worry firefighters in Arizona

Apr. 30, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters battling a wildfire in north-central Arizona were hampered Monday by strong winds and dry conditions as residents of surrounding communities remained out of their homes for another day. Authorities said some homes were lost as the wildfire consumed almost 14 square...

To prevent wildfires, Michigan discourages outdoor burning

Apr. 30, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say brisk winds and dry conditions are making it too dangerous for outdoor burning in most of Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources is discouraging people from setting fires Tuesday. It says conditions are ripe for wildfires across the Lower Peninsula and the...

Fire danger remains high in much of Wisconsin

Apr. 30, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin natural resources officials say the danger of a wildfire igniting is high to extreme in much of the state due to warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. The Department of Natural Resources responded to 43 wildfires Sunday, including two larger fires in steep terrain...