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Montana fire aircraft temporarily sidelined after crash

Jun. 17, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighting agency temporarily grounded its aircraft for a safety review after a helicopter crash landed and burned in heavy winds. The sidelining of the state Department of Natural Resources Conservation's remaining fleet of six...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. ...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

Report: Western Colorado to remain at above normal fire risk

Jun. 17, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A newly released report has shown western Colorado will remain at an “above normal significant fire risk” through August this year as a large swath of the U.S. West grapples with triple-digit temperatures and drought. A predictive services team...

Small wildfire forces evacuation of campers in Arizona

Jun. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

STRAWBERRY, Ariz. (AP) — A small wildfire near Strawberry has forced the evacuation of campers and the shutdown of a popular recreation area. The fire started shortly before midnight Wednesday, about 12 miles west of Strawberry near a ridge named Ike's Backbone. It has...

Utah lawmakers say no to full fireworks ban, despite drought

Jun. 17, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bone-dry drought and record heat have raised concerns that fireworks could worsen wildfire danger in Utah, but the state's GOP leadership is backing away from banning the summer holiday fixtures. Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers tells Fox13...

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

Jun. 17, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel. ...

The Latest: Sweden player Larsson has car issues back home

Jun. 17, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Sweden midfielder Sebastien Larsson has had more to think about at the European Championship than just Friday’s match against Slovakia. Larsson’s electric car caught fire...

Fire, explosion force evacuation of 2 Marshalltown homes

Jun. 17, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An early-morning house fire and subsequent explosion Thursday in Marshalltown forced the evacuation of two homes, authorities there said. The fire was reported around 2:15 a.m. Thursday, and police arrived to see flames coming from one home,...