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California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

Jul. 30, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire so far this year was flaring up Friday but it was because the flames were chewing through unburned islands of vegetation within a perimeter that firefighters have built, authorities said. The Dixie Fire covered 376...

Connecticut fire crews sent to Minnesota, latest deployment

Jul. 29, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thirteen members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew have been deployed to Minnesota to help fight wildfires, the latest dispatch of personnel and resources from Connecticut to battle blazes in western states. So far this year, 33 people from...

Heatwave expected in northwest Oregon, southwest Washington

Jul. 28, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Heat and wildfire danger is expected starting Thursday throughout northwestern Oregon, including Portland, and southwest Washington, weather officials said. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. Thursday through 11 p.m....

Wildfire warning issued for 9 counties in Minnesota

Jul. 25, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wildfire warning has been issued for areas of north-central and northeast Minnesota, the National Weather Service said Sunday. The alert is due to extreme fire risk conditions in the counties of Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching,...

Monster wildfire tests years of forest management efforts

Jul. 20, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ecologists in a vast region of wetlands and forest in remote Oregon have spent the past decade thinning young trees and using planned fires to try to restore the thick stands of ponderosa to a less fire-prone state. This week, the nation's biggest...

Wildfires: Washington to close all DNR lands in E. Wash.

Jul. 20, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

MAZAMA, Wash. (AP) — State authorities said Tuesday the Department of Natural Resources would temporarily close all recreation and public access to DNR-managed lands in eastern Washington due to the extreme fire danger. “This decision was not one we made lightly. But...

PG&E says its equipment possibly linked to big wildfire

Jul. 20, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric reported to California utility regulators that its equipment may have been involved in the start of a fire burning in the Sierra Nevada that is threatening hundreds of homes. PG&E said in a report Sunday to the...

Heat and smoke choke northern Rockies as fire danger spikes

Jul. 19, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Extreme heat broke decades-old records as it descended Monday on parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, elevating the dangers posed by dozens of wildfires burning across a region parched by drought and blanketed with dangerous smoke. Along the...

Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US

Jul. 18, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

BLY, Oregon (AP) — The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive Bootleg Fire just north of...

Forest Service expands closure order in Boundary Waters

Jul. 18, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ELY, Min. (AP) — Superior National Forest officials say they are expanding their closure order for the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness north of Ely because of the threat of wildfires burning across the Canadian border. The newly expanded order, which took...