Latest Wildfires News

Wildfire in Gila National Forest grows in size

May. 27, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Officials from Gila National Forest say a wildfire has grown nearly 3,000 acres in size. Incident management authorities say some of the fire's growth on Saturday was due to burnout operations aimed at keeping it from spreading. Crews were able to conduct burnout operations and...

The Latest: Wildfire in Gila National Forest still growing

May. 26, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico wildfires (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A wildfire in a remote area of the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico continues to spread as officials said Saturday that containment efforts so far have been unsuccessful due to steep, rugged terrain and extremely...

Brush fire leads to precautionary campground evacuation

May. 26, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A brush fire in western Colorado closed Interstate 70 for several hours and led state park officials to evacuate a campground as a precaution. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says all 77 campsites in the Island Access Campground in the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park were...

Wildfire in San Juan County forces evacuation of 15 people

May. 26, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say a wildfire near Navajo Lake in northwestern New Mexico burned 180 acres (73 hectares) and forced the evacuation of approximately 15 people before firefighters encircled it Friday night. County spokeswoman Susan Hakanson said there were no immediate reports...

Warnings of dangerous fire conditions cover much of Arizona

May. 26, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

FLAGTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Red flag warnings of dangerous wildfire conditions have been issued for most of northern Arizona for Saturday due to conditions that include low humidity and strong winds. The National Weather Service there's a potential for any fires that develop to spread rapidly and result in...

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...

Agency: Power lines touching trees caused 4 California fires

May. 25, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines that came into contact with trees caused four Northern California wildfires that burned across more than 14 square miles last fall and incinerated 134 buildings, state fire officials said Friday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire...

Lost River Gorge opens for the first time since forest fire

May. 25, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) — A popular New Hampshire attraction near the White Mountain National Forest is open for the first time since a major forest fire forced an early closure last year. The fire started last fall on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the Lost River Gorge. The 70-acre brush fire spread...

Report: Engine failure apparently caused deadly plane crash

May. 25, 2018 8:16 AM EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials say engine failure apparently caused a small plane crash in northern New Jersey this month that killed a minister known for his humanitarian efforts. A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says the Rev. Andrew Topp told a flight instructor at...

Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires

May. 24, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers. The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the...