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Wildfires aren’t just for the West anymore

October 11, 2016

Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm in the San Francisco Bay Area that destroyed about 3,000 homes and killed 25 people. At an estimated $1.5 billion in losses — $2.7 billion in today’s dollars — it remains the country’s most costly wildfire to date.

America’s ring of fire

October 08, 2016

Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live. The consequences can be deadly. This episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how people in some areas are fighting back.

Soaring temps increase risk of wildfires through Monday

September 26, 2016

Red flag warnings are in effect through Monday afternoon, as soaring temperatures and the first major Santa Ana winds of the season are expected to sweep through an already parched Southern California.

As more people move into wildland-urban interface, firefighting challenges increase

September 26, 2016

When a wildfire is rolling toward a house built with a cedar shake roof, surrounded by decorative juniper up to the windowsills, and the only access road is overgrown and narrow, firefighters will likely skip it.

“People think that we’re going to save their house,” said Paul Tester, Southwest Washington’s fire training coordinator at the state Department of Natural Resources. “We’re there to protect the firefighter and the public, that’s our first priority.

Moving from suggestions to mandates to cut wildfire risk for rural homes

September 18, 2016

Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk. They're banning shingle roofs and requiring fire-resistant siding. They're also making homeowners mind their landscaping.

Wildfire Prompts Evacuations of 200 Homes in California

August 31, 2016

A wildfire that tore through brush east of Los Angeles forced 700 people from their homes for several hours Tuesday and destroyed a small building, officials said.

The fast-moving fire prompted the evacuations as it raced through 1.5 square miles of drought-dry hills near Banning, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Firewise planning pays off on suncrest fire

August 30, 2016

Firewise planning proved to be effective in protecting homes threatened by the firestorm in the Leavenworth and Peshastin area. Chelan County Fire District Three Chief Kelly O’Brien says property owners who created defensible spaces around their homes survived the wind-fueled Suncrest Fire, whereas others who didn’t, barely escaped…

In wildfires, big flames attract attention, but watch out for the embers

August 22, 2016

When a fast-moving, erratic wildfire ignites, firefighters right away try to save homes and steer the flames away from life and property. But experts say the real danger often occurs in the hours after the big wall of flames rips through.

Clayton Fire burns more than 175 structures near Lower Lake, California

August 16, 2016

The Clayton Fire grew by 67 acres on Monday, but it was on the northeast side near the footprint of last year’s Rocky Fire. This brings the size of the burned area up to 3,945 acres.

Wildfire in western Colorado covers 621 acres, burns structures and vehicles

August 14, 2016

Firefighters dropped 82,000 gallons of red fire retardant and 33,000 gallons of water on a 621-acre wildfire south of Interstate 70 in western Colorado and county authorities Sunday night lifted an evacuation order.