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Drought adds fuel to troubling wildfire season in California

September 22, 2014

Despite a break in the weather, several large wildfires continue to burn across Northern California, as they have for nearly a week. A three-year drought has added fuel to this terrible fire season.

Even with a break in the weather, several large fires continue to burn in Northern California as they have for nearly a week. The state has dealt with extreme drought for nearly three years and with it came warnings of a terrible fire season.

In California, this was the week predictions came true. The destructive wildfires that had been warned about for months hit with explosive power ...

Hundreds of residents forced to flee California wildfires

September 15, 2014

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures.

The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Bass Lake in Central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes, Madera County Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures. The Fresno Bee reports one neighborhood was hit especially hard, with several homes turned to ash and smoldering embers.

Wildfires burned 567 square miles in Washington

September 12, 2014

Wildfires this summer in Washington have burned about 567 square miles. Last year wildfires burned about 156 square miles in the state.

State Forester Aaron Everett says this year’s scorched acreage is about six times the five-year average of 95 square miles. He also says the state has spent more than $100 million on wildfires through August. The Department of Natural Resources’ fire suppression budget is about $25 million.

Wildfire Near Yosemite Forces Evacuations

September 08, 2014

An evacuation order for 300 homes near Yosemite National Park remained in effect Saturday as firefighters battled a wildfire scorching about 300 acres in Central California.

CalFire reported that firefighters have contained about 25 percent of the blaze. The fire broke out Friday afternoon.

An additional 400 homes are being advised to evacuate. No damage has been reported. One minor injury was reported, but CalFire didn't provide details.

Western Wildfires Leave Mudslide Threat in Their Wake

September 02, 2014

David Fredendall owns a single-family home here, on a quarter-mile-long residential street that goes straight up into the San Gabriel Mountains, with sweeping views of the valley east of Los Angeles.

"We've been in town for about 27 years," said the 59-year-old Mr. Fredendall, who lives here with his wife and son, "and we don't aspire to leave."

Dry weather conditions call for Texans to use caution

September 02, 2014

Temperatures are usually the highest this time of year, which increases the possibility for wildfire danger.

According Texas A&M Forest Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer, due to the ongoing drought conditions an elevated wildfire potential could develop in parts of North Central, South Central and South Texas.

Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

August 28, 2014

U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and private timber land.

California Wildfire in Angeles National Forest Forces Evacuations

August 19, 2014

Campers and hikers in California's Angeles National Forest were forced to evacuate Sunday due to a brush fire that swept through San Gabriel Canyon and has torched at least 275 acres of land so far.

Northern California wildfire overruns firefighters, injures eight

August 12, 2014

A wildfire that overran firefighters in Northern California over the weekend, injuring eight, continued to rage out of control into Monday after forcing the evacuations of several Mendocino County mountain communities.

The Lodge fire was just 35% contained after burning roughly 8,700 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire, which broke through firefighters' eastern flank, has been burning through bone-dry timber in inaccessible, rugged hillsides where flames can make huge runs against firefighters.

Growing wildfire in Oregon forcing evacuations

August 06, 2014

A wildfire is spreading quickly in the Columbia River Gorge and is threatening about 70 structures, Wasco County Emergency Management officials said Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to a ground cover fire roughly one mile west of Rowena along Highway 30. When they arrived, the fire was already quickly moving up a hill, burning through scrub oak, grass and timber with the wind’s assistance.

Emergency management officials said just after 4:30 a.m. the flames had stretched over more than 70 acres. Highway 30 was and remains closed between Mosier and Rowena, though the closure could expand as the fire grows.