Latest Wildfires News

Mudslides force more than 100 to spend night on highway

Jul. 30, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — More than 100 people had to spend the night on a highway, including nearly 30 who took refuge in a tunnel, after rain over an area burned by a wildfire once again triggered mudslides in western Colorado, authorities said Friday. The people...

Body found in burned vehicle near Rockerville

Jul. 30, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

ROCKERVILLE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a body was discovered in a burned vehicle in a remote area near Rockerville. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is calling the death suspicious. The sheriff’s office said witnesses reported hearing a...

California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

Jul. 30, 2021 15:08 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...

Biden sees shortages to stop climate-change fueled wildfires

Jul. 30, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

President Joe Biden is sounding the alarm about the need for more resources to fight a series of wildfires in western states, as climate change has worsened the spread and ferocity of the blazes. “Our resources are already being stretched to keep up,” Biden told a...

Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

Jul. 30, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in...

Canadian wildfires smoke causing air quality issues in Iowa

Jul. 30, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An air quality alert has been issued for most of Iowa on Friday as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts south, bringing high, unhealthy air particulates with it. The air quality index shows the state’s air is unhealthy for sensitive groups,...

South Dakotans dealing with poor air quality from wildfires

Jul. 30, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Light rain could provide a bit of help with air quality in eastern South Dakota which has been dealing with smoke from Canadian wildfires. The smoke caused poor visibility and created unhealthy air conditions for sensitive groups, such as the...

Canadian wildfires causing air quality concerns in Minnesota

Jul. 30, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An air quality alert remained in effect for most of Minnesota as the state deals with smoke from Canadian wildfires that has created some of the highest particulate readings on record. Gov. Tim Walz and several other governors plan to talk virtually...

PG&E could face criminal charges over deadly California fire

Jul. 30, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal charges because its equipment sparked a wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Northern California prosecutor announced Thursday. It would be the latest action against the nation’s...

Portland bans homeless camps in forest areas amid wildfires

Jul. 29, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has banned homeless people from camping in forested parks to both protect them from potential wildfires and prevent them from accidentally starting blazes during a summer of drought and record-breaking heat. The City Council...