Latest Wildfires News

Greece gets European assistance for summer wildfire season

Jul. 02, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is receiving European assistance for the summer wildfire season, with the first group of firefighters arriving in Athens. The 28 Romanian firefighters were welcomed Saturday by Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides and the...

US testing new fire retardant, critics push other methods

Jul. 02, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials are testing a new wildfire retardant after two decades of buying millions of gallons annually from one supplier, but watchdogs say the expensive strategy is overly fixated on aerial attacks at the expense of hiring more fire-line digging ground crews. ...

California governor acts to advance wildfire recovery

Jul. 01, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed states of emergency in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties on Friday to help the process of recovery from recent wildfires. The proclamations allow the California Department of Transportation to request immediate...

Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

Jul. 01, 2022 00:59 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured 13 firefighters and a civilian, authorities said Thursday. The Rices Fire remained at 904 acres...

Sierra Nevada wildfire threatens small rural communities

Jun. 30, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A Sierra Nevada wildfire destroyed a building and was a threat to more than 250 homes and other structures, California authorities said Wednesday. The Rices Fire grew to 904 acres (366 hectares) along the Yuba River in Nevada County, the California...

Soap Lake wildfire evacuations lifted, 2 firefighters hurt

Jun. 29, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuations east of Soap Lake, Washington, that had been in effect Tuesday because of a wildfire. Sheriff’s officials said the 50 homes threatened by the fire which started around 11 a.m. were no longer...

Northern California wildfire threatens 500 buildings

Jun. 29, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that erupted in Northern California forced evacuations as it threatened about 500 homes and other buildings Tuesday, authorities said. The Rices Fire erupted at around 2 p.m. near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 500...

Interstate 84 closed in eastern Oregon due to wildfire smoke

Jun. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Transportation officials said Tuesday evening that Interstate 84 is closed near the border of Oregon and Idaho because of wildfire smoke. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City...

WA wildfire prompts evacuations for people in 50 homes

Jun. 28, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) — People in about 50 homes near a wildfire in central Washington were told by law enforcement to leave their homes immediately on Tuesday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said at about 2:45 p.m. that people living on certain streets east of Soap...

Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers

Jun. 27, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and...