Latest Wildfires News

After California wildfire, thousands of trees to be removed

Oct. 23, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of California wildfires, upwards of 10,000 trees weakened by fires, drought, disease or age must be removed, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees. The hazard...

EXPLAINER: How wildfires impact wildlife, their habitat

Oct. 23, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The porcupines were walking slow and funny, more so than they usually do. Their stride concerned some residents in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood who called a rehabilitation center. Turns out, the porcupines had extensive burns to their paws,...

Fire-scarred California braces for more storms, flash floods

Oct. 22, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California residents relieved that this week’s rain helped contain stubborn wildfires and soaked dry gardens were cleaning up Friday and preparing for a massive storm this weekend that could bring flash flooding to vast areas scorched by fire. ...

Wet storm with wind, rain, snow heading into Sierra Nevada

Oct. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wet prewinter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and wind to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada this weekend, with possible flooding on wildfire-scarred mountain hillsides. The National Weather Service said Friday an “atmospheric river” is...

Fire that threatened Lake Tahoe region is now 100% contained

Oct. 21, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The 2-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe resort region over the summer has been declared 100% contained, officials said. The fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles (896 square kilometers) of the Sierra...

Auditors: ODOT can learn from missteps in wildfire logging

Oct. 20, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation can learn from its challenging experience overseeing the biggest wildfire cleanup job in state history, according to Oregon Secretary of State auditors. Auditors did a limited review of the state’s hazard...

Southern California fire 87% contained, residents go home

Oct. 18, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Residents who fled the Alisal Fire west of Santa Barbara have been allowed to return home. All evacuation orders and warnings were canceled Sunday afternoon. The fire was 87% contained Monday morning and its size was...

Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

Oct. 17, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday. More than 1,600 firefighters were battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Firefighters make progress coralling big California wildfire

Oct. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4...