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Crews battling heat and winds in New Mexico wildfire

June 19, 2014

Firefighters were expected to work against extreme heat and gusty winds Wednesday as they battle a wildfire that has consumed thousands of acres of pinon and juniper forest along with grazing lands that Navajo Nation livestock owners have used for centuries.

New Mexico wildfires force evacuation of Navajo communities

June 19, 2014

Residents of two Native American communities near the New Mexico-Arizona border were forced to leave their homes Monday as strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in the Chuska Mountains.

California wildfire threatens hundreds of homes

June 16, 2014

Firefighters raced to control a wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California before hotter, drier weather sets in later in the week.

One year later, Black Forest residents take bold stand to fight against future wildfire

June 11, 2014

You’ve heard the saying “it takes a village.” Well, its true, especially for one neighborhood in the Black Forest.
After a house fire in the spring of 2014 threatened to spread, it brought back terrible memories of Colorado’s most destructive wildfire, which raged through the Black Forest in June 2013.

Wildfire near Bend human caused, reward offered

June 09, 2014

Investigators said late Monday night that they've found evidence the fire on the outskirts of Bend that has threatened homes and burned over 6,800 acres was human caused. An award of at least $2,000 is being offered for information that leads to a conviction, according to Capt. Shane Nelson of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Wildfire allowed to burn on Grand Canyon north rim

May 28, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park officials say they're letting a lightning-caused wildfire to continue to burn on the north rim but will base their fire-management decisions depending on how the fire behaves.

Alaska wildfire keeps growing after evacuations

May 27, 2014

Officials said that rain forecast this week in Alaska may help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.

Arizona wildfire prompts evacuations, closes highway

May 21, 2014

A fire burning near Slide Rock State Park has grown to between 400 and 450 acres and is threatening 100 structures in the Oak Creek Canyon, including homes and vacation resort cabins.

USAA policyholders living in recognized Firewise Communities/USA® sites in California will receive discounts on their homeowners insurance premiums

May 15, 2014

May 13, 2014 -- The California Department of Insurance announced today that USAA policyholders living in recognized Firewise Communities/USA® sites in California will receive discounts on their homeowners insurance premiums. USAA, which provides a full range of financial products and services to the military community and their families, has been working with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildland Fire Operations Division for several years to investigate the possibility of providing incentives for residents of wildfire-prone areas to take steps to create safer, more fire-adapted communities. NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program provided the community action framework and local data that enabled USAA to offer this new discount to policyholders.

Fire crews gain ground on San Diego wildfire, evacuation orders lifted

May 14, 2014

California fire crews were gaining ground late on Tuesday on a wind-whipped wildfire that blackened more than a square mile in San Diego county, allowing authorities to lift thousands of evacuation orders in the area.