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February 02, 2017
Crews are battling two wildfires in rural eastern Oklahoma that have burned more than 10 square miles combined.
January 31, 2017
Oklahoma Forestry Services fire management chief Mark Goeller said the first fire in Haskell County was about 50 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon, but might continue to burn for another two days. Goeller said no homes or other structures were immediately threatened.
As of Jan. 31, there were 111 active fires ongoing throughout the country. More than 1.4 million acres have been burned since July 1 of 2016 with most occurring in the last two months.
January 06, 2017
Wildfires in Argentina have burned approximately 2.47 million acres (1 million hectares) over the last several weeks. On December 22 NASA satellites started detecting heat from fires that grew to become some of the larger blazes on the east side of the country 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of the coastal city of Bahia Blanca.
January 05, 2017
“We’re suffering greatly,” says Kim Cason, who owns and operates The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant in Chimney Rock with her husband, Don Cason. During Veterans Day weekend last year, the inn was fully booked when the Casons and their guests were among those ordered to evacuate as the Party Rock Fire threatened the area. And though the fire has long since been extinguished, the occupancy rate hasn’t come back up.
December 28, 2016
With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those fires.
December 25, 2016
While this Smoky Mountain tourist destination is open for business after a devastating wildfire last month, many visitors are gawking at the damage instead of shopping or visiting attractions, people who make their livelihood in the town said.
December 20, 2016
Crews are working to get a handle on a large wildfire near Shawnee, Tuesday afternoon.
December 16, 2016
Authorities tell News 9 the fire has consumed more than 80 acres of land so far near the Shawnee Reservoir. The fire is located on the southwest side of the reservoir, near EW County Rd. 116 and Patterson Rd.
Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. Wildfires, long considered a problem exclusive to the West, now threaten many other parts of the country as extreme weather becomes more commonplace and more people live in areas at risk for wildfire.
December 09, 2016
The teenagers charged with setting the fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ultimately spread to torch thousands of homes and businesses and kill 14 people were horsing around with matches, sources say.
December 02, 2016
The death toll stands at 11 in the historic wildfire that tore through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this resort town earlier in the week, with no identities of the dead confirmed by officials so far and the search still on for others, authorities said Thursday.