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Popular Oregon hiking spot closed indefinitely due to fires

Nov. 23, 2020 1:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Santiam State Forest, one of Oregon’s largest and most popular state forests, will remain closed indefinitely following the Beachie Creek wildfire. The Statesman Journal reports the forest, which is located 40 miles southeast of Salem, is home to hikes leading to waterfalls,...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Reno wildfire fully contained; cause investigation continues

Nov. 21, 2020 1:11 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno Fire Department says a wildfire that destroyed or damaged 29 homes has been contained around 100% of its perimeter as an investigation into the cause continued. The fire reached full containment late Friday but firefighters would continue to patrol the area to look for smoke or...

In this photo taken by a drone, homes destroyed by the Mountain View Fire are seen in the Walker community in Mono County, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Woman killed in Eastern Sierra wildfire identified

Nov. 20, 2020 4:23 PM EST

WALKER, Calif. (AP) — A person killed when a ferocious wildfire tore through a remote community in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada this week has been identified as a 69-year-old woman, authorities said Friday. The remains of Sallie Joseph were found in the debris of her burned home in Walker, the...

A Chinook helicopter drops water on a wildfire near Bear Creek Regional Park on the westside of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. About 235 homes were evacuated near the park as firefighters battled the fire on the ground and in the air. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

Crews stem advance of Colorado Springs grass fire

Nov. 20, 2020 12:01 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews have contained 50% of a grass fire that briefly threatened hundreds of homes in southwest Colorado Springs. Full containment was expected Friday. The fire erupted in dry grass near Bear Creek Regional Park on Thursday and forced temporary evacuation orders for 235...

In this photo taken by a drone, homes destroyed by the Mountain View Fire are seen in the Walker community in Mono County, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

More than 100 displaced after fire ravages California town

Nov. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents were displaced Thursday by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person, authorities said. The inferno struck with sudden ferocity midday Tuesday during strong winds high in the...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Reno Fire Department: Wildfire destroyed 5 homes, damaged 24

Nov. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities now say five homes were destroyed and 24 damaged by a wind-driven wildfire that roared through a Reno neighborhood. Of the homes damaged Tuesday, three were heavily damaged and 21 had minor damage due to the fire, which burned a little less than 1 square mile (about 2 square...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Over 1,000 evacuated in Nevada wildfire start returning home

Nov. 18, 2020 8:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after a wind-whipped wildfire in northern Nevada roared through a neighborhood in Reno and destroyed at least five houses, more than 1,000 people who were forced to evacuate — including the mayor — started returning home Wednesday. Another fire about 100 miles (160...

FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Patricia Poppe, then-vice president of customer operations at Consumers Energy, in Jackson, Mich. Poppe will leave her job as CEO of CMS Energy Corp. to take the same position at Northern California utility PG&E effective Jan. 4, 2021. (Nick Dentamaro/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP, File)

Northern California utility finds latest CEO in Michigan

Nov. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Embattled Northern California utility PG&E Corp. has lured away the top executive at Michigan's largest power provider to steer its effort to restore a reputation tarnished by years of neglectful conduct that culminated in a series of deadly wildfires. Patricia “Patti"...

A fire is seen burning in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwest Reno that is threatening some homes in dangerously high winds. Dozens of residences were being evacuated on the edge of the Sierra foothills. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened

Nov. 18, 2020 8:53 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed several homes in a Reno neighborhood Tuesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border. As many as 500 homes could be...

A fire is seen burning in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwest Reno that is threatening some homes in dangerously high winds. Dozens of residences were being evacuated on the edge of the Sierra foothills. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Crews stop wind-driven wildfire in Reno; cause unknown

Nov. 18, 2020 8:27 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed or damaged a dozen homes and other buildings in southwest Reno before being stopped by firefighters, authorities said. Investigators on Wednesday would try to determine what started the fire reported Tuesday afternoon, Fire Chief David Cochran said during...