Latest Wildfires News

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

Wildfire near border more than triples; homes threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada wildfire burning out of control near the California line more than tripled in size on Tuesday, closing a U.S. highway, forcing evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the flames from the air and on the ground. The fire that broke...

Helicopter helping fight Payson wildfire crashes, pilot dies

Jul. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter helping to fight a wildfire near Payson crashed under unknown circumstances Tuesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell UH-1H helicopter that went down Tuesday afternoon about...

Siberia wildfire smoke reaches Southcentral Alaska, islands

Jul. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in Siberia have carried to Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, the National Weather Service said. Strong winds pushed the smoky air into the region beginning last week from fires burning across more than 5,300 square miles (13,727 square kilometers)...

Hand crews climb rugged terrain along Agua Dulce Canyon road Monday, July 6, 2020, in Agua Dulce, Calf. The Soledad fire which broke out Sunday afternoon has scorched 1300 acres and is now 30% contained as firefighters and hand crews work through high temperatures to make sure the flames are contained. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

California firefighters battle flames north and south

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties on Monday. A fire that has burned more than 8.4 square miles (21.8 square kilometers) north of Gilroy was 20% contained after burning two buildings and prompting the evacuation of about 70 people,...

Burned bear in Colorado recovering, expected to be released

Jul. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A young bear rescued after suffering burns in a Colorado wildfire has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released, wildlife officials said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials posted a message on social media saying the bear that suffered severe burns on its paws...

California crews scramble to douse blazes from fireworks

Jul. 5, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks across California. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The fire department tweeted about...

Wildfire in southern New Mexico grows, 39% contained

Jul. 4, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

MAGDELENA, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in southern New Mexico continues to grow. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday the blaze in the Apache Kid Wilderness has grown to 18 square miles (46.62 square kilometers). Officials say it is 39% contained. The department says crews will continue to monitor...

People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. For many Americans, the Fourth of July won't be about big festivities but setting off fireworks themselves. Hundreds of cities and towns have canceled shows Saturday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of consumer fireworks are booming; though officials are concerned about fires and injuries with more pyrotechnics going off in backyards and at block parties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Jul. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier. Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, aerial file photo, rubble remains after residences were leveled by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, Calif. California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response specialists in each county. PG&E's electrical grid that ignited a succession of Northern California wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund

Jul. 2, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after its long-neglected electrical grid ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people. The nation's largest utility announced Wednesday it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and...

Crews report progress in Las Vegas, Reno-area mountain fires

Jul. 1, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Fire officials reported progress Wednesday fighting separate wildfires in the mountains near Las Vegas and on the edge of Reno, where a home was destroyed and hundreds of evacuations were ordered last weekend. The number of firefighters battling a more than 4-square-mile...