Latest Fires News

The Latest: Progress made against Colorado fire

Sep. 21, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado wildfire (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Colorado fire officials say they have made progress against a blaze burning in the foothills west of Denver. Jefferson County officials say the fire burning near Bald Mountain was 50% contained by Saturday afternoon. Authorities...

Residents put on notice as fire burns west of Denver

Sep. 21, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado authorities say they have told rural residents in the foothills west of Denver to be ready to evacuate their homes if a new wildfire spreads. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office officials temporarily closed a portion of U.S. Highway 6 west of Golden to fight the small fire, before...

Tennessee man charged with setting wife on fire

Sep. 21, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

GRAY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been indicted after authorities say he lit his wife on fire. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Todd Darrell Briggs of Gray was indicted earlier this month on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated arson. The...

Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Sep. 21, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California's persistent wildfires drive residents away. Last year, California...

North Rim fire more active again due to winds, low moisture

Sep. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — An 8-week-old wildfire that for weeks had minimal growth and smoke is now more active in and near the Grand Canyon due to strong gusty winds and below-normal moisture. The fire burning on the national park and adjacent Kaibab (KYE'-bab) National Forest poses no danger to structures...

Woman charged with killing 75-year-old man, torching house

Sep. 21, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on charges of beating a 75-year-old man to death and torching his Long Island house to cover up the crime. Jennifer Gross was arrested Friday on charges of killing James Coppola inside his Centre Island home on Nov. 20, 2018 and setting the house on fire....

4 displaced by mobile home park explosion, fire

Sep. 21, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A hardware store in Ossipee is collecting donations for four people whose mobile homes were destroyed in an explosion and fire. No one was hurt by the smoke or flames Friday afternoon, but WMUR-TV reports that one woman hurt her ankle while getting out of one of the buildings. Eric...

Woman sought for stealing from California wildfire survivor

Sep. 20, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman authorities say embezzled more than $63,000 from a senior citizen who lost a home in a devastating Northern California wildfire. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that a warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Brenda...

Apparent gas explosion, fire damage mobile homes

Sep. 20, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a possible gas explosion damaged at least two residences in a mobile home park in Ossipee, New Hampshire. News reports say at least two homes caught fire Friday. There was no word of any injuries. Officials say they were able to get the fires mostly under control by the...

PG&E fire victims, bondholders offer bankruptcy exit plan

Sep. 20, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bondholders and wildfire victims have joined forces and proposed their own reorganization plan as they try to wrest control of the bankrupt company from its stockholders. The two groups told PG&E's bankruptcy judge Thursday their proposal would include...