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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.

Alberta Wildfire Evacuees Ordered To Move Again; Blaze Destroys 1,600 Buildings

May 05, 2016

Some 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled the wildfire raging in Alberta, Canada, are now hearing that the fire has destroyed 1,600 homes and other structures. The province is now under a state of emergency; areas around Fort McMurray are also under a boil-water advisory.

Fort McMurray fire: Entire city forced to flee as inferno rages

May 04, 2016

The sky in northern Alberta's Fort McMurray resembled a wall of fire and smoke Wednesday as a mammoth inferno swallowed parts of the Canadian city.

Wildfires burning thousands of acres in North Carolina

April 25, 2016

A blaze near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has burned almost 1,100 acres.

The NC Department of Transportation has closed portions of US Highway 264 for public safety. By Thursday morning, it had consumed 14,000 acres and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were planning another update this morning.