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Wyoming wildfire destroys home, burns other buildings

Jul. 8, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire in eastern Wyoming burned at least one home and closed a highway. The fire Tuesday burned through rolling plains and trees north of Interstate 25 and south of the North Platte River near Glenrock. The flames burned one house to the ground and other buildings were on fire,...

President Donald Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore National Monument Friday, July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Jul. 4, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial Friday, July 3, 2020, before the first fireworks show there in years, he'll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze.(AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Trump at Rushmore: Jets and fireworks, but masks optional

Jul. 1, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday...

Extreme fire danger leads to Tonto National Forest closures

Jun. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Many sections of the Tonto National Forest will be closed starting 6 a.m. Thursday because of extreme fire danger due to dry conditions. The closures will remain in effect until July 30 unless rescinded or extended. Taiga Rohrer, Tonto’s fire management officer, said new fire starts...

Winds decrease as crews battle mountain wildfire near Vegas

Jun. 29, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (AP) — A decrease in gusty winds, cool overnight temperatures and the ability to use aircraft to douse flames helped efforts to battle a wildfire in the rugged mountains near Las Vegas, a fire official said Monday. It could take several days to contain the fire that prompted...

Southern Arizona wildfire grows to 167 square miles

Jun. 29, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters in southern Arizona continue to battle a wildland blaze in extremely windy conditions in the Santa Catalina Mountains that has closed a state park and forced evacuations northeast of Tucson. The fire sparked by lightning more than three weeks ago has now...

Fire guts Russia's Antarctic research station, no one hurt

Jun. 22, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire on a Russian research outpost in the Antarctic has damaged some of its facilities but no one was hurt, officials said Monday. The state-funded Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said the blaze at the Mirny station occurred Sunday. The fire erupted at its weather research unit and...

The Bighorn Fire burning in canyons below Mt. Lemmon, the highest spot in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The town of Summerhaven, just below Mt. Lemmon, was evacuated. (Rick Wiley/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Crews on Arizona wildfires contend with wind-driven flames

Jun. 17, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Wildfires in Arizona are typical this time of year, but high winds have been a key factor in driving the size of the blazes that are threatening rural communities, state highways and popular recreation spots. A wildfire in east-central Arizona that had already burned 139 square...

Wildfire grows in Calaveras County countryside

Jun. 17, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Calaveras County has grown to nearly 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) acres, Cal Fire said Wednesday. Hundreds of firefighters responded after the fire erupted Tuesday in countryside near New Hogan Lake, and overnight gained 10% containment. Cal Fire urged...

Fire danger high again across much of western Colorado

Jun. 17, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The fire danger was high across much of western Colorado again Wednesday as crews battled a lightning-sparked wildfire about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Durango. The East Canyon Fire broke out Sunday and has led to the evacuation of more than two dozen homes. The fire was last...