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Yarnell Hill Fire investigative report sheds some light on tragedy

September 28, 2013

The Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome by flames June 30 in a chaparral canyon about 35 miles south of Prescott when the Yarnell Hill fire, pushed by monsoon-storm winds, blew up and changed directions. The death toll was the highest from a U.S. wildfire in at least a half-century.

Into the wildfire

September 24, 2013

A wildfire chewing through dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains above this Los Angeles suburb grew to 200 acres early Tuesday, sending up a huge column of smoke. The fire began shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and was mostly burning in the Angeles National Forest, away from populated areas. It was 5 percent contained Tuesday. Smoke was visible to early morning commuters traveling on Interstate 210 and other routes about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Into the wildfire

September 20, 2013


Lassen Volcanic National Park, in Northern California, consists of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness and woodlands surrounding Lassen Peak, a volcano named for a pioneer and huckster who guided migrants through the area, that last blew its top in 1915, before anybody knew it was an active volcano. Last summer the park, like much of the West, was in the midst of a yearlong drought — which could be more accurately described as the continuation of a decade-long drought that had merely been less severe for a couple of years.

Mount Diablo area fire forces more evacuations, causes road closures

September 09, 2013

CLAYTON (CBS SF) — Fire crews continued to work on putting out a growing wildfire in Contra Costa County near Mount Diablo State Park in the Clayton area Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Hotshots vital in many ways, experts say; crew helped Prescott become the leader in national Firewise efforts

September 01, 2013

On the fateful late afternoon of June 28 when lightning ignited the now-infamous Yarnell Hill wildfire 20 miles south of Prescott, lightning also sparked a relatively unknown blaze on the outskirts of Prescott called the West Spruce wildfire.

Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal

August 28, 2013

The large wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has already consumed more than 184,000 acres, and shows no signs of slowing down. The blaze, which has been dubbed “Rim Fire,” is now the largest fire in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and one of the largest in California’s history.

Yosemite fire keeps growing, threatening giant sequoias

August 25, 2013

The Yosemite fire grew to more than 200 square miles Sunday, threatening two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen structures and threatening 4,500 more.

Massive fire near Yosemite National Park triples in size overnight

August 22, 2013

A wildfire raging out of control near Yosemite National Park in northern California ballooned to nearly 54,000 acres on Thursday, more than tripling in size from the day before, forest officials said.

High wildfire danger alert prompts Idaho residents to prepare ahead to reduce homes’ risk from wildfire

August 15, 2013

Multiple wildfires burning across southern Idaho, including the Elk and Pony Complex Fires and Beaver Creek Fire, highlight the continued threat to homes, property, businesses, parks, utilities and other community assets. To date, the fires have prompted several hundred residents to evacuate from communities in and around Elmore County, 40 miles southeast of Boise and according to fire officials, the fires have burned close to 300,000 acres and destroyed 38 homes and 43 outbuildings.

NFPA's Backyards & Beyond® Conference explores wildfire safety issues

July 11, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14 - 16. The conference is being organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division.