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Rain comes to Maine, offering relief from wildfires

May 11, 2015

A rainstorm hit southern Maine on Sunday night and more is expected Monday, an encouraging sign for firefighters who have spent the past week trying to put out wildfires around the state.

Brush fires were reported Sunday in Wiscasset, Mechanic Falls and Newry, but they were all quickly brought under control, according to authorities. There were no reports of property damage or injuries resulting from the fires, which all burned less than two acres ...

Heights residents learn how to be Firewise

May 11, 2015

As summer approaches, Bell County residents need to be aware of the area’s risk for wildfires.
“Fires are dangerous,” said 4-year-old Zachary Duke of Harker Heights, at Saturday’s second-annual Wildland Community Preparedness Event at the Harker Heights Community Park.
The Harker Heights Fire Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service teamed up last weekend to raise awareness of the threat of forest fires in Bell County ...

Light rain helps contain forest fire in lower Hudson Valley

May 08, 2015

A light overnight rain and a bit more precipitation on Wednesday is helping contain a forest fire at the southern edge of the Catskill Mountains.

Public information officer Brendan Hagen at the Kimble Hose Company in Ellenville says a light drizzle Wednesday morning and less wind has helped crews get the fire 76 percent contained. The fire started at mid-day Sunday in the Town of Mamakating and now has affected nearly 2,300 acres in the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest region ...

President Obama sends greetings to Wildfire Community Preparedness Day participants in a Presidential Message

May 04, 2015

I send greetings to all those participating in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

Every year, thousands of wildfires affect our communities and our country—burning homes and businesses, forests and landscapes. Wildfires can happen during any season; can start anywhere from remote forests to residential backyards; and can result from natural causes, such as lightning, or human causes, such as campfires or outdoor burning. As our climate changes, it is more important than ever to ready ourselves and our communities for these hazards.

We each have a role to play in preparing for fires and minimizing our community’s risks. By signing up for emergency alerts, preparing an emergency kit, and organizing family and neighborhood communication and safety plans, you can help ensure you and your loved ones are as prepared as possible for a potential disaster. You can also help prevent fires in your community by participating in brush and debris clean-ups, asking power companies to clear branches from power lines, and talking to local fire departments about the unique conditions that may affect your area. For more information, visit Ready.gov/Prepare.

On National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, let us continue to raise awareness about the causes of wildfires and do all we can to safeguard our future. As you join in this day of action, I wish you all the best.

Wildfire burns near many homes in suburban Los Angeles

April 29, 2015

Ten threatened homes were briefly evacuated before firefighters surrounded a wildfire that burned in a heavily populated suburban neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Some 200 firefighters with help from water-dropping helicopters had the blaze contained about 90 minutes after it broke out San Fernando Valley community of Granada Hills ...

Arizonans asked to “Have the Backs” of Firefighters.

April 15, 2015

Arizona is a “wildfire state,” which is another way of saying our state has a history of destructive wildfires. In the past five years alone, large wildfires have burned over 850,000 acres and caused $100s of millions in damages.

While there is no way of knowing where or when the next big wildfire will spark, there are scientifically-proven ways to protect lives and property in the whole community ...

Division of Forestry Stresses Being ‘Firewise’ This Season

April 09, 2015

2015 will likely be a year with higher than usual fire risk on the peninsula.

Paul Pellegrini is a fire prevention officer with the Division of Forestry for the Kenai/Kodiak region.

He says conditions this year are reminiscent of last year, before the Funny River fire, and 2005, the year of the Tracy Avenue fire out East End Road.

“What that means for us is that there wasn’t enough snow to compact the cured grasses and that’s a big difference. If the grasses are on the ground and compacted, they burn differently than if they’re standing up. And right now, they’re high and dry.” ...

Are You Prepared for Wildfire in 2015?

April 02, 2015

Oregon State Wildfire Insurance In Jeopardy

March 27, 2015

Crews Continue To Contain Massive Wildfire In Northwest Oklahoma

March 17, 2015

Estimated to cover more than 36 miles, a massive wildfire continued to threaten much of northwest Oklahoma Tuesday. The fire started Monday and the next day crews said they are still hoping to contain the blaze.