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Evacuations Lifted at Utah Wildfire

June 23, 2016

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The Latest on wildfires burning across the West (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Authorities are lifting evacuations at a small mountain town near a southern Utah wildfire.

Firefighting officials said Thursday that the blaze isn't under control yet and Pine Valley residents may be asked to leave again, but it's now safe enough for people to return home.

The lightning-sparked wildfire has torched more than a square mile of rugged terrain about 35 miles north of St. George since it started June 13. The evacuations of about 100 homes were ordered Tuesday.

360 firefighters battle Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado

June 21, 2016

Afternoon thunderstorms and erratic winds are challenges for the firefighters at the Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado. Fire managers said they now have 359 firefighters on scene.

Wildfires Threaten Homes in Calabasas and West Hills, Suburbs of Los Angeles

June 05, 2016

Brush fires fed by a heat wave and tinder-dry conditions tore through the suburban hills north of Los Angeles on Saturday night, chasing hundreds of residents from their homes.

Firefighters battling Arizona, New Mexico wildfires

June 04, 2016

Firefighters are spending the weekend battling several wildfires in California, New Mexico and Arizona.

A wildfire is burning nearly 12 square miles in the San Mateo Mountains near Magdalena, which is about 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque. The fire was caused by lightning and is 20 percent contained.

Four new wildfires burning in Southern Arizona

June 03, 2016

Coronado National Forest officials said crews are dealing with four new wildfires on forest lands in Southern Arizona....

Severe wildfire season is the new normal, officials say

May 17, 2016

This year should bring a ‘normal’ wildfire season in most of the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.

The problem, Vilsack said, is that the new normal wildfire season is longer and includes tens of thousands of fires burning millions of acres of forest and destroying thousands of homes.

Preventing wildfires is everyone’s responsibility

May 17, 2016

This editorial is not for those who don’t like to be called out for something. This editorial is being written to call attention to a serious problem and to intentionally point fingers.

The Forest Service, Navajo and Apache counties, local fire departments and town governments are preparing for a potentially bad fire season. What are you, the private land owner, doing?

City Council looks to increase wildfire prevention, protection measures

May 12, 2016

Austin City Council passed a resolution May 12 that aims to increase wildfire prevention and defense strategies and set a goal of zero fatalities from wildfires.

The resolution was sponsored by District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo who said the Community Wildfire Protection Plan passed in 2014 by City Council was only a starting point in addressing wildfire prevention.

Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

May 10, 2016

Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is pretty much determined by what you do to prepare your property. The U.S. Forest Service calls it being Fire Wise.

I’ve had personal experience in the importance of clearing a wide perimeter around your property to deny fuel—dried wood, grass and trees—to a fire. Back about ten years ago my grandparents’ ranch house near the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County was spared because of a 150-foot clear space between the flames and the house. And this wasn’t the first time that had happened.

Bigger, more severe wildfires ‘harbinger of things to come’

May 10, 2016

Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather.

Earlier this year, large wildfires hit spots on opposite ends of the world — Tasmania and Oklahoma-Kansas. Last year, Alaska and California pushed the U.S. to a record 10 million acres burned. Massive fires hit Siberia, Mongolia and China last year and Brazil’s fire season has increased by a month over the past three decades.