Latest Wildfires News

Forage reserve created in eastern Idaho for livestock

Oct. 20, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities say a reserve forage area in eastern Idaho for livestock displaced by wildfires, drought or other problems will be available next summer. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the 345-square-mile (890-square-kilometer) reserve northwest of American Falls...

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger to Southern California

Oct. 19, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters knocked down several small brushfires despite gusty Santa Ana winds blowing across parts of Southern California. Los Angeles County firefighters in Malibu stopped a fire at 3 acres (1.2 hectares) early Friday and a blaze near Santa Paula in Ventura County was held to about 2...

Forest Service lifts some closures from wildfires near Provo

Oct. 19, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted several closures in northern Utah more than a month ago after wildfires swept through the area. The Daily Herald in Provo reported Thursday that roads and trails north of U.S. Highway 6 are open and areas such as Diamond Fork in Spanish Fork Canyon....

Evacuation lifted after California gas pipeline scare

Oct. 18, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emergency crews extinguished a fire burning dangerously close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline Thursday and lifted an evacuation order that had forced some 4,000 residents from their homes the night before. Contra Costa County Deputy Fire Chief Lewis Broschard told...

The Latest: Evacuation lifted after pipeline fire scare

Oct. 18, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

BAY POINT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fire threatening a natural gas pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Officials have lifted an evacuation order for some 4,000 San Francisco Bay Area residents after emergency crews extinguished a fire burning in an underground storage...

Hoback Ranches residents clean up charred properties

Oct. 18, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A few days after the 61,511-acre (24,892-hectare) fire was put out, what was left of a scorched lantern still hung on the chimney that used to be in the center of Phil Smith's log cabin. After the Roosevelt Fire ripped through Hoback Ranches, a rural subdivision in Bondurant, the...

Utah forester: Firefighting costs this year at $110 million

Oct. 17, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah State Forester Brian Cottam says the state's wildfire season appears to be over and that it is adding up to be Utah's most expensive ever. KSL-TV reports that Cottam told the Utah Executive Appropriations Committee that firefighting costs this year will total $1150 million. That...

California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing

Oct. 16, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California remained on guard Tuesday, but gusty winds that raised the threat of wildfires were decreasing in strength and becoming less widespread a day after knocking out power to thousands and forcing utilities to proactively cut electricity to prevent sparks. Warnings for critical...

Idaho owes about $20 million for 2018 wildfire season

Oct. 16, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will owe about $20 million in firefighting costs for the 2018 wildfire season. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that this year's wildfire season is below the 20-year-average for acres burned and number of fires. But officials say...

The Latest: Thousands remain without power in California

Oct. 16, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on heavy winds in California that have created dangerous wildfire conditions (all times local): 8:45 a.m. About 20,000 Northern California utility customers don't have electricity for a second day after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power in a pre-emptive attempt to prevent...