Latest Evacuations News

Massive fire at potato plant forces evacuations

Jan. 22, 2021 9:06 AM EST

WARDEN, Wash. (AP) — A massive fire at a potato plant in Warden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours. The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant in eastern Washington around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in one of the dehydrators,...

The wreckage of a UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter sits in a field in Mendon, NY., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Three National Guard members were killed in the crash Wednesday evening Jan. 20. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Remains of troops killed in NY helicopter crash recovered

Jan. 21, 2021 5:37 PM EST

MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army will lead the investigation into a helicopter crash that killed three National Guard members on a training exercise, authorities said Thursday after the remains of the troops were recovered from the rural upstate New York crash site. Army aviation safety investigators...

A stand-in for President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on the podium, as a stand-in for Jill Biden looks on, during a rehearsal for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

Jan. 19, 2021 7:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city. The false alarm briefly...

A stand-in for President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on the podium, as a stand-in for Jill Biden looks on, during a rehearsal for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

Jan. 18, 2021 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city. The false alarm...

Officials say evacuation at inaugural rehearsal was due to a fire several blocks away and not believed to be a threat

Jan. 18, 2021 10:40 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say evacuation at inaugural rehearsal was due to a fire several blocks away and not believed to be a threat.
People talk outside their homes at a neighborhood affected by flood in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan on Borneo Island, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  many thousands of people have been evacuated and a number have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Iman Satria)

Tens of thousands evacuated amid Indonesia floods

Jan. 17, 2021 8:17 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and more than a dozen have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said floods brought by intense rains caused...

Wildfire burns in hot, dry, windy Southern California

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and unseasonably hot weather that heightened fire danger in a region where little rain has fallen this winter. The Bonita fire erupted shortly after 1 a.m....

Grass fire consumes 20K acres in southwestern North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 7:32 PM EST

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) — A grass fire in far southwestern North Dakota has consumed 20,000 acres, forcing farmers and ranchers to evacuate and leaving two firefighters hurt. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that firefighters responded to the fire about 10 miles northwest of Lemmon in Adams County late...

An Omaha police officer stands inside of the Davis Square Apartments at Creighton University on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Police and firefighters evacuated the dormitory overnight after a student told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials also shut down the Creighton University Medical Center emergency room on the university campus as a precaution.  (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Creighton dorm evacuated after student tries to make ricin

Jan. 15, 2021 4:14 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police and firefighters evacuated a Creighton University dormitory after a student at the Nebraska school told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. Officials also temporarily shut down the Creighton University...

Fire forces evacuation of inmates at northwest Missouri jail

Jan. 15, 2021 3:22 PM EST

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A fire that began in a cell at a northwest Missouri jail forced law enforcement officers to evacuate about 20 inmates through smoke-filled hallways, authorities said. No one was injured in the fire Thursday evening at the Nodaway County Jail in Maryville, which will be closed...