Latest Wildfires News

Pelosi: US has to do more to help with wildfire recovery

Sep. 26, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the federal government has to do more to help with recovery in the wake of a devastating wildfire that charred several hundred homes and destroyed the livelihoods of many rural New Mexico residents. The...

Forest service seizes PG&E equipment as part of fire probe

Sep. 26, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal investigators have taken possession of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. utility transmission pole and attached equipment in a criminal probe into what started a Northern California fire that has become the largest in the state this year, the utility said in a regulatory...

Fall brings summer-like temperatures to Southern California

Sep. 26, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first full week of fall brought summer-like temperatures to Southern California on Monday along with an increased risk of wildfires. Excessive heat warnings and advisories were issued for inland areas through midweek, with maximum temperatures predicted to...

California to again protect insurance policies in fire areas

Sep. 22, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — California temporarily banned insurance companies Thursday from dropping customers in areas affected by recent wildfires, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for residents near a two-week-old blaze that’s become the largest in the state so far this year. ...

Wildfire smoke reaches unhealthy levels in Seattle

Sep. 21, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Wildfire smoke made the air quality unhealthy for everyone in downtown and North Seattle, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said Wednesday morning. The agency said a plume of smoke from the Bolt Creek fire near Skykomish was being blown west to Everett, then south...

Helicopter crashes en route to Turkish wildfire; 2 killed

Sep. 21, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A firefighting helicopter crashed Wednesday as it headed to the Turkish port of Marmaris to combat a wildfire, killing two Russian crew members, Turkey's minister of agriculture and forestry said. The minister, Vahit Kirsci, said two Turkish citizens and three...

Climate-fueled wildfires worsen danger for struggling fish

Sep. 21, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

AMALIA, N.M. (AP) — Biologist Bryan Bakevich unscrewed the top of a plastic bucket and removed a Rio Grande cutthroat trout that squirmed from his grasp and plopped onto the grassy bank of Middle Ponil Creek. “He wants to go home,” Bakevich said, easing the fish into the...

Fire near Skykomish 79% contained, Highway 2 still closed

Sep. 19, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Highway 2 northeast of Seattle remains closed to all except local residents between the towns of Index and Skykomish as firefighters battle the Bolt Creek fire. The blaze had burned an estimated 15.9 square miles (41 square kilometers) by Sunday night and...

Rain helps increase containment of huge California wildfire

Sep. 19, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A major storm that battered western Alaska over the weekend churned through Northern California on Monday after bringing early-season snow to mountains and dropping rain that helped firefighters increase their containment of a huge wildfire. No growth was...

Weekend weather concerns Northern California firefighters

Sep. 16, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — A weekend weather system could hamper firefighters' efforts in Northern California to battle the week-old blaze that’s become the largest in the state so far this year. The system is forecasted to bring colder temperatures and precipitation — from 1/4...