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  • WA state wildfires- Town of Pateros "Mostly gone"

    07/18/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 10 replies
    The Wenatchee World ^ | 7/18/14 | Mike Irwin
    PATEROS — Residents returning here Friday picked through the ash and rubble of homes incinerated the night before by raging wildfire. Baby pictures, gone. Family antiques, gone. Grandma’s recipes, gone. In a half-block line of charred homes — mostly burned down to their foundations — each resident echoed their neighbors: “We lost everything.” More than 30 homes were destroyed here Thursday night by wind-whipped flames racing down a grass-and-sage bluff and into this river town of 650 residents. Nearby, flying embers jumped the Methow River to torch another 40 homes along the Alta Lake Golf Course. An estimated 20 homes...
  • IN DEPTH COVERAGE: Carlton Complex Fire forces evacuations; 40-50 structures gone (Washington St)

    07/18/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    KHQ News ^ | 7/18/14 | KHQ News
    UPDATE: BREWSTER, Wash. - There are LEVEL 3 evacuations being ordered in the town of Pateros which has a population of 650 people, as the Carlton Complex Fire burns out of control. 40-50 homes and businesses have burned to the ground. The Brewster Three Rivers Hospital has been evacuated as well. Staff and patients were transferred to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak. The retirement center in Brewster was evacuated to Bridgeport. Housing is available for those who have been evacuated in Chelan at the High School. Residents from Harmony House are being moved to Bridgeport, believe they said the school...
  • San Diego Wildfires and Climate Alarmism (Fact-checking stories no longer a basic requirement)

    07/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 07/18/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    Weeks after an apparent case of politically motivated Internet censorship at a Connecticut high school, officials are still blaming the incident on technical malfunctions — even though evidence suggests human culpability. On May 27, shortly before his graduation, Andrew Lampart, an 18-year-old senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., set out to research gun control on a school computer in order to fulfill an assignment for a basic law course. He found that the website for the National Rifle Association was blocked, while websites supporting gun control remained accessible. Over the next five days, Lampart spent more time on...
  • CA Gov. Jerry Brown: These early wildfires are pretty much due to climate change, you know

    05/18/2014 3:54:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Like every other self-aggrandizing environmentalist who isn’t partial to entertaining questions that could possibly challenge the green gospel, California Gov. Jerry Brown seized the opportunity to stress the all-consuming, catastrophic imminence of climate change on ABC’s This Week this morning:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO It is true that there’s virtually no Republican who accepts the science that virtually is unanimous. I mean, there is no scientific question. There’s just political denial for various reasons, best known to those people who are in denial. … But, you know, we live in a world that is not just government or...
  • 20,000 Homes Ordered Evacuated in San Diego-area Wildfire

    05/13/2014 5:13:40 PM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    A wildfire roaring through Southern California has forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes, but so far none have burned. San Diego's Emergency Operations Center says most of the homes are in the city and northern San Diego County.
  • Wildfire near Los Angeles: Three people arrested, emergency declared

    01/16/2014 12:07:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2014, 10:53 a.m. | Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
    Arson investigators were at the scene of a wildfire near Los Angeles that exploded in size Thursday to more than 1,700 acres and destroyed at least two homes, authorities said. Three people had been arrested in connection with the fast-moving Colby fire, but Glendora police declined to provide further information. L.A. County fire Inspector Scott Miller said the cause of the fire, reported shortly before 6 a.m., was still under investigation, but said arson investigators were on hand and working with Glendora police. […] Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said at about 10 a.m. that more...
  • Wildfire burns out of control near Southern California homes

    01/16/2014 10:18:23 AM PST · by Deo volente · 83 replies ^ | January 16, 2014
    GLENDORA, Calif. -- Structures are burning in a wildfire threatening dozens of homes in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers across neighborhoods Thursday morning. Evacuations are ordered for houses at the edge of the fire.
  • Black Forest Fire investigation: El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa disputes fire chief's report

    11/21/2013 8:13:23 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    There are conflicting reports about the investigation into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey told KRDO-TV this week that the fire was human caused. ... However, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa wrote on a Facebook and issued a statement saying he was shocked that Harvey talked about an active investigation and accused Harvey of mishandling the event. "Do not buy into Chief Harvey's claims until it's confirmed by the actual agency that has been the lead of the investigation and will base its findings on indisputable scientific evidence that can withstand the...
  • Federal government says no to aid for Arizona fire that killed 19 firefighters

    08/10/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2013 | Ben Brumfield
    Arizona's top politicians blasted the Obama administration and federal officials over the denial of aid in the wake of the state's deadly wildfire. The Yarnell Hill blaze killed 19 firefighters, called "hotshots," in late June, when it changed directions and engulfed them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance based on insurance rules, it said in a statement Friday. It determined that not enough uninsured private individuals had become victims to warrant a payout. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer directed her criticism directly at the president. "I am deeply troubled by the Obama administration's decision to deny...
  • Prayers for Southern Oregon Residents Threatened by Fires

    07/30/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 10 replies
    My dear childhood community of Glendale Oregon and the entire surrounding area is threatened by numerous forest fires. 150 strikes from lightening Friday night started the mess. There's 1500 fire fighters living in tents on the high school grounds and the town only has a few hundred residents. Here's a link Prayers would be greatly appreciated all around for not only the residents but for the amazing folks involved with fighting the fires.
  • Army official: Artillery drill started Stuart Creek wildfire

    07/07/2013 12:40:24 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies
    Newsminer ^ | July 6, 2013 9:27 pm | Sam Friedman
    TWO RIVERS, Alaska — An Army artillery exercise ignited the Stuart Creek 2 fire now threatening the community of Two Rivers, according to the Fort Wainwright garrison commander. Col. Ron Johnson spoke to area residents this evening at a community meeting at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. In general, the Army makes sure it has the resources to put out a fire that could start from training before allowing the training, he said. “In this case it took some mitigation measures, they allowed the training to occur, it was artillery training, it did start a fire,” Johnson said. The fire,...
  • Arizona fire: Photo of fallen firefighters stirs sadness and anger

    07/05/2013 7:22:31 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    LAT ^ | July 5, 2013 | Cindy Carcamo and John M. Glionna
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- The photograph is powerful -- compelling in the eyes of some, an insult to others -- showing the body bags containing the remains of the 19 Granite Mountain firefighters lined up on the scorched earth, each draped in an American flag. The photo has sparked a public debate after being published Thursday on a social media page dedicated to the elite firefighting crew, who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill fire 30 miles from their home base in Prescott. The bodies had been removed from the scene where the fire swept over them. Prescott fire officials say...
  • Palestinian jihadist group claims credit for Arizona wildfire

    07/03/2013 10:49:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | July 3, 2013 | By David Barnett
    A Palestinian jihadist group, Masada al Mujahideen, recently claimed credit for ongoing wildfires in Arizona in a statement posted to jihadist forums today. The statement, titled "Masada al-Mujahideen Fulfilled its Promise and Attacked America Again After the Expiration of the Period with Fires that Achieved Historic Results," was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. "We had previously announced an unconventional war against the occupation state of Israel, and then we escalated this war to reach its main supporter, America, so that it receives a major share of it, which will destroy their flora and fauna, with permission from...
  • Expert warns terrorists may be setting wildfires across American West

    06/17/2013 5:54:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 108 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2013 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the New York-based American Center for Democracy's Economic Warfare Institute warns that last July "al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called 'It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,' which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire. "A few months later, Russia's security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, 'al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe' as part of the terrorists' 'strategy of a thousand cuts.' Bortnikov spoke of 'extremist sites [that] contained detailed instructions of waging the forest jihad and stressed that such a...
  • Stories of the Fallen: Names of the 19 Arizona Firefighters Released by Authorities

    07/01/2013 5:07:06 PM PDT · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-01-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Juliann Ashcraft, wife of Granite Mountain Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft, is consoled by her father-in-law Tom Ashcraft while looking at a memorial outside of Prescott Fire Department Station No. 7 where the Granite Mountain Hotshots are based, Monday morning in Prescott.  (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier).-- Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday evening when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s. Family members of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots gathered at the hotshots'...
  • 19 firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire were part of elite Hotshot crew (Additional Info)

    07/01/2013 8:19:51 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies ^ | July 1, 2013 |
    Nineteen members of an elite firefighting crew who were killed Sunday in an Arizona wildfire tried to protect themselves by deploying tent-like structures before they were overtaken, a state forestry spokesman says. (snip) Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said the firefighters, whose names had not been released, were part of the city’s fire department. A helicopter pilot discovered the bodies and authorities are working to remove them, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson said, according to Fox 10. Nineteen fire shelters were deployed on Sunday, and some of the firefighters were found inside them, while others were outside the shelters,...
  • 19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill fire confirmed dead

    Forever Filibustering: Wendy Davis shows no substance by Daniel Clark Not content with letting half a day’s worth of empty words fly across the floor of the Texas state senate, Wendy Davis responded to a critique from Gov. Rick Perry by going into a snit that showed as little substance as anything that’s ever been harrumphed in the halls of Congress. Perry had observed that Davis was “the daughter of a single woman” and “she was a teenage mother herself.” He added, “It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example, that every life must be given a...
  • Wildfire near Prescott, Arizona continues to grow

    06/19/2013 11:57:45 AM PDT · by yorkie · 31 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | June 19, 2013 | Staff
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. - A nearly 11-square-mile wildfire in Arizona's Prescott National Forest is continuing to grow as more than 500 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze. According to officials, 5,088 acres have burned, bringing Tuesday's estimate from 7,000 down. The Doce Fire just west of Prescott sparked evacuations in the neighborhoods of Granite Basin Homes, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres, Mint Creek, and American Ranch. Seven people evacuated spent Tuesday night at an American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter shelter at Yavapai College. So far, 460 homes have been evacuated.
  • Wind-fueled wildfire erupts east of Los Angeles

    05/01/2013 5:41:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2013 8:33 PM EDT
    A Southern California wildfire fueled by strong winds was raging through 2˝ square miles of Riverside County on Wednesday as wind-fanned fires scorched parts of wine country north of San Francisco. The fast-moving wildfire about 90 miles east of Los Angeles broke out just after noon and was moving westward through largely undeveloped foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it was dangerously close to subdivisions to the south, in Banning. At least 425 firefighters were working to gain control of the fast-moving fire, which has destroyed one structure, said Jody Hagemann, spokeswoman for the county fire department. Six helicopters...
  • Arsonist gets death for Calif. fire that killed 5

    01/28/2013 4:26:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times/AP ^ | January 28, 2013 | AP
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An arsonist was sentenced to death on Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles a decade ago. Superior Court Judge Michael Smith had the option of sentencing Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, to the harshest penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Battle for Featherville Begins

    08/23/2012 3:49:26 PM PDT · by verum ago · 3 replies
    Mountain Home News ^ | 23 August 2012 | not given
    The Battle for Featherville has begun. Fire crews moved from a defensive to an offensive posture Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning as they took the fight to the Trinity Ridge Fire, which has burned over 105,200 acres of prime forest land in Elmore County. With favorable weather conditions Wednsday, firefighters began setting controlled burns along the ridge west of Featherville on the northern part of the Pine-Featherville corridor. But it will be a race against a storm front expected to hit this weekend that could cause erratic and unpredictable behavior with the fire. *snip* In the Pine-Featherville area, there are...
  • 'Baboon Fire' burns 17,000 acres in Beaver County (and threatens pig farm)

    07/12/2012 9:53:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 11 replies ^ | 6/12/2012 | John Hollenhorst and Stephanie Grimes
    SALT LAKE CITY — Crews responded to a wildfire in Beaver County that quickly spread to 17,000 acres Thursday, officials said. The fire is also threatening a pig farm in the area. The Baboon Fire, as it is being called, was apparently triggered by lightning Wednesday, and it smoldered in a tree overnight. Once it got going south of Minersville around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, dry conditions and fierce winds pushed it up mountainsides and across rangeland. "The fire is chewing up real estate just like nobody's businesses, going through this dry brush," Beaver County Emergency Director Les Whitney said. "The...
  • Giant Wildfire Started During Bachelor Party (caused huge forest blaze with shotgun blast)

    07/02/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies ^ | July 2, 2012
    JULY 2---The largest wildfire burning in Arizona was started during a bachelor party when one shotgun-toting celebrant fired a shell that promises to shoot “100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze,” The Smoking Gun has learned. The Sunflower Fire--which has burned nearly 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest and is not fully contained--began in mid-May after five Arizona men gathered to celebrate the upcoming May 19 nuptials of Bryan Reeder. The group--all in their mid-20s--traveled from Mesa to the Sycamore Creek area for a weekend “campout and bachelor party,” according to court records. On Saturday, May...
  • Homeland security chief will visit Boise fire center

    07/02/2012 11:52:33 AM PDT · by Disambiguator · 8 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | July 2, 2012 | Statesman staff
    BOISE — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Denver, Colorado Springs and Idaho’s capital on Monday and Tuesday. While in Boise they will visit the National Interagency Fire Center and answer questions from local media. The details of their trip have not been finalized.
  • BREAKING: 50 well pads in the path of Pine Ridge Fire

    06/28/2012 8:47:17 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 17 replies
    NBC11News ^ | 6/28/12 | staff
    It was a standing room only crowd at the Community Center in De Beque Thursday night as nervous residents learned how to protect their property from the advancing Pine Ridge wildfire.
  • Colorado's Epic Firestorm Reveals Danger of Air Force Cuts

    06/28/2012 6:56:13 AM PDT · by cookcounty · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 27, 2012 | Michael Auslin
    "All this raises concerns about President Obama’s defense budget, which cuts 65 C-130s,.."
  • Wildfire Burning West of Colorado Springs, CO

    06/23/2012 4:34:32 PM PDT · by American Quilter · 56 replies
    June 23, 2012
    A new fire is burning at the western edge of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a few outlying communities have been evacuated and more are on voluntary-evacuation status. The wind is light and to the northeast. The fire is being called the Waldo Canyon fire since it's in or near Waldo Canyon; it is also being called the Pyramid fire. The fire started around noon today and is currently at 100-150 acres, with no containment. Temperatures here are in the high 90s with light winds and humidity in the single digits. The conditions are extremely bad with no relief in sight.
  • Skyranger over the Little Bear Fire (Ruidoso NM area)

    06/10/2012 8:08:46 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    KRQE News 13, Albuquerque ^ | Sunday, June 10, 2012 | Bob Martin
    RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) - Skyranger pilot-reporter Bob Martin produced this special report while surveying the Little Bear Fire in the Lincoln National Forest Sunday. Video at the link:
  • Wildfire in Reno again

    01/19/2012 3:50:25 PM PST · by Crapgame · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Wildfire sweeps through south Reno, several homes destroyed, evacuations underway
  • Wildfire tears through Reno; 10,000 evacuated

    11/18/2011 12:35:53 PM PST · by yorkie · 59 replies
    CBS/ AP News ^ | 11/18/11 | Staff
    Police in Reno went house to house in the middle of the night, pounding on doors and telling residents they had to evacuate as a roughly 400-acre blaze raged in rough terrain, destroyed homes and injured some people. At least one man is dead, after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest while evacuating. Nearly 10,000 people from the edge of the city have been evacuated from the path of the massive wildfire and the local fire chief said the blaze could rage through Saturday.
  • What's That Smell? A Minnesota Forest Fire

    09/13/2011 3:43:35 PM PDT · by Nonsense Unlimited · 32 replies
    JSOnline ^ | Sept. 13, 2011 | Don Walker and Lee Bergquist
    A huge forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota has sent ash and smoke to large parts of Wisconsin, including metro Milwaukee where air quality has worsened progressively over the past few hours. And as the sky took on the appearance of southern California smog, the Milwaukee Brewers have decided to close the roof of Miller Park for the game tonight against the Colorado Rockies. Tyler Barnes, vice president of communication for the club, said that haze and cooler temperatures were the reasons for closing the roof. Readings for particle pollution shot up sharply this afternoon in...
  • Perry a No Show at Texas Wildfire Press Conference

    09/10/2011 9:52:54 PM PDT · by nicmarlo · 201 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 9/10/11 | Kate Galbraith and Jay Root
    BASTROP, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry did not show up as expected Saturday at a news conference convened by his office to brief reporters on the Texas wildfires. Perry aides, citing “logistical issues,” said the governor initially had been scheduled to appear at a location with restricted access. The location was changed to an accessible spot, which was a burned-out home and chocolate shop along the main highway, and local officials briefed the media on the fire situation without him. "He's in Austin," said Allison Castle, a spokeswoman for the governor, in response to a flurry of questions about Perry's...
  • Fires break out across Central Texas

    09/04/2011 9:53:08 PM PDT · by stickandrudder · 18 replies
    KVUE ^ | September 4, 2011 | KVUE
    Fires broke out across Central Texas Sunday. The hot, dry, windy conditions made the job that much harder for firefighters. Authorities say 14,000 acres have burned in Bastrop, destroying 300 homes. The fire is near FM 1441 and Highway 21. People in the areas of Wilderness Ridge, Cedar Creek and Alan Creek were evacuated. Four shelters have been set up in the Bastrop area for evacuees. An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 acres of 6,500-acre Bastrop State Park have been burned in the ongoing Bastrop County wildfire. Another fire on Griffin League Ranch is moving south and forced the evacuation of...
  • Fires raging throughout Central Texas

    09/04/2011 5:46:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 394 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Sep 04 2011 | Staff
    UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Mark Stanford, the fire chief for the Texas Forest Service , said subdivisions have been evacuated there but they have no estimate on what structures have been lost. People are being told to evacuate to the First Baptist Church in Smithville and Bastrop Middle School, Stanford said. In addition, State Highways 71 and 21 in Bastrop County have been closed, Stanford said. Update, 6:48 p.m.: Wildfires have consumed more than 6,000 acres in Bastrop County, and firefighters are still working to get the blazes under control. According to Bastrop Police Department Spokesman Michal Hubbard, hundreds of homes...
  • Breaking: Los Alamos Evacuation Ordered Due To Wildfire (NM-Mandatory for entire community)

    06/27/2011 3:32:25 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 79 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Mon, Jun 27, 2011 | Mark Oswald
    Authorities have ordered an evacuation of Los Alamos due the threat from Las Conchas wildfire. Below is a press release from Los Alamos County that was issued moments ago: Los Alamos County officials are reporting the fire is now threatening Los Alamos. They are ordering a mandatory evacuation which will begin and proceed in this order: Group 1: Western, Quemazon, Ponderosa; Group 2: North Community, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa; Group 3: East of Diamond and the remainder of the town site. White Rock is NOT being evacuated at this time. Residents in Los Alamos should NOT go to White Rock...
  • Arizona Wildfires June 2011 Caught on Video

    06/23/2011 11:31:33 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 22, 2011 | by SecureBorderIntel
    Fire-gate, the cover up of who started the Arizona wildfires. Smugglers have exploited environmental restrictions along the border for decades. Arizonans pay the price after smugglers set several wildfires that have burned homes and cost millions of dollars. All of the images in this video were taken after the forest was closed to the public. Smugglers and Illegal Aliens were among the only people in the wilderness. The Department of Homeland Security has failed to provide security for the people of Arizona and beyond.
  • [TX Gov] Perry renews request for fire aid (6th request since December)

    06/11/2011 2:30:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    KXAN - Austin, TX ^ | June 11, 2011 | John Bumgardner
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Governor Rick Perry renewed his disaster proclamation Saturday for a sixth time since it was originally issued in December of 2010. Perry’s office issued a release Saturday saying the renewal was due to ongoing threat from wildfires across the state. The proclamation covers 254 counties in Texas and allows for necessary resources to help fight the fires and aid in response efforts. “I am thankful for the ongoing sacrifice from first responders as they continue fighting the wildfires that are ravaging Texas homes and property,” Gov. Perry said. “I urge the federal government to quickly grant Texas...
  • Thousands flee as northern Alberta town burns

    05/16/2011 1:00:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    CTV ^ | 5/16/11
    Thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Alberta where two out-of-control wildfires breached a town's defences and have burned down hundreds of buildings, including the town hall, police station and the radio station. The RCMP said the Town of Slave Lake is on fire and many homes have burned down. The fire is apparently out of control, engulfing about half of the town.
  • Federal Employees Started One of Texas Fires But Obama Administration Still Won’t OK Disaster Relief

    05/14/2011 9:43:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    rwn ^ | May 14, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Federal employees started one of the devastating fires in West Texas recently but, the Obama Administration still won’t declare the region a disaster area despite the fact that 2.5 million acres have been burned. ... The Obama Administration sent aid to Mexico to battle a 386 square mile fire but refused to consider the 2.5 million acre fire in Texas a disaster area. ... Since the beginning of wildfire season, local and state firefighters have responded to more than 9,000 fires that have destroyed more than 400 homes and burned more than 2.5 million acres, an area the size of...
  • Government Sends Wildfire Aid To Mexico, Not Texas

    05/12/2011 5:59:15 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    KTRH ^ | May 12, 2011 | Joe Gomez
    Just last month the U.S. sent two Air force cargo planes to help Mexico battle back wildfires in the northern part of it's country, fires that burned 386 square miles. It's a move that West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton) thinks is a hypocritical one by the Obama administration as Texas has requested the same sort of federal aid but has been denied it. "386 square miles pales with the 2.5 million acres of land that have been burned and scorched beyond recognition," says Canseco. And Former FEMA Director Michael Brown thinks that a "snub" like this reeks of...
  • Controversy Over Gov. Perry's 'Proclamation for Days of Prayer'

    04/23/2011 8:25:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies ^ | 22 Apr 2011 | Anthony Garcia
    EL PASO - The temperature's rising, fires are raging across the state, and now a political debate is heating up. The State of Texas is desperate for rain. More than 8,000 wildfires across the state have burned more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes. The sky hasn't dropped one significant bit of water in three months. Firefighters are exhausted. That's why Governor Rick Perry has issued an official state proclamation for prayer in effect through Easter Sunday. That's not sitting well with everyone. "He as our governor, as our leader, should not make policy or...
  • Big explosion near San Francisco Airport

    09/09/2010 7:00:04 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 737 replies · 1+ views
    It just happened. Not much info on it yet. **URGENT** KGO-TV: Reported "explosion" near San Francisco grows to 6-alarm fire.
  • 8 missing in Colo. fire that has burned 53 homes

    09/08/2010 9:46:51 AM PDT · by yorkie · 26 replies
    Statesman and Associated Press ^ | September 8, 2010 | P. Solomon Banda, AP
    Authorities in Colorado are searching for eight people who didn't leave their homes as a wildfire tore through a canyon in the foothills near Boulder. Sheriff's Cmdr. Rich Brough said Wednesday that 20 people were initially reported missing and 12 have been accounted for. It's unclear whether the remaining eight were in some of the 53 homes that have been reported destroyed. Authorities are following up with family members of the missing people and checking homes in the area. About 3,500 people have been evacuated from about 1,000 homes since the fire broke out Monday.
  • Fourmile Fire: Minimum of 63 structures lost, only half of burn area surveyed

    09/07/2010 4:14:42 PM PDT · by brothers4thID · 30 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 09-07-2010 | Vanesssa Miller
    Sixty-three structures have been confirmed lost in the Fourmile Fire, and firefighters have only surveyed half of the burn area, Don Whittemore, assistant chief of the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, said at a 4 p.m. news conference. The blaze, which is raging unabated, has burned 7,120 acres in the Boulder County foothills, officials said, but details about specific losses have not been made public.
  • Wildfire erupts in Fourmile Canyon, burning homes and blanketing Boulder (CO) with smoke.

    09/06/2010 1:13:51 PM PDT · by brothers4thID · 24 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 09-06-2010 | Alicia Wallace
    A wildfire erupted this morning in Fourmile Canyon northwest of Boulder, destroying multiple homes and leading to widespread evacuation in the foothills — and igniting fears the blaze is headed toward the area burned by the Olde Stage Fire in January 2009.
  • US aircraft carrying Russia fire aid land in Moscow: TV

    MOSCOW — Two US transport aircraft carrying aid including water tanks and fire-protective clothing arrived in Moscow on Saturday to help Russia battle its worst ever wildfires, state television said. The two US Air Force C-130 planes touched down at Vnukovo airport in the early hours of the morning, television pictures showed. They are expected to be followed by two more C-130 flights later Saturday as well as a charter flight from the US state of California. According to the US State Department, the total value of the US support is around 4.5 million dollars. The delivery follows a promise...
  • Putin puts out two wildfires in central Russia (update 1)

    08/10/2010 12:41:39 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 61 replies
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday took part in extinguishing forest fires in Ryazan Province on board an amphibious firefighting airplane. The Russian head of government was the co-pilot for half an hour aboard a Be-200 plane scooping up water from the nearby Oka River and dumping it on raging forest fires some 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow. He dumped approximately 12 tons of water on each of two fires, extinguishing both completely. Putin initially sat in the cabin in front of a thermal imaging monitor together with Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ryazan Governor Oleg Kovalev. However,...
  • Layer of smoke covers NH

    05/31/2010 9:24:33 AM PDT · by Poser · 20 replies · 646+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 5/31/2010 | Union Leader
    A thin layer of smoke is covering much of New Hampshire today, spillover from more than 50 wildfires that are burning out of control in Quebec. The fires have been burning since last week over about 150,000 acres in central Quebec, north of Montreal and Quebec City, and about 500 miles north of Manchester.
  • Forecasters Warn Of Ohio Wildfire Threat

    04/01/2010 8:38:54 AM PDT · by EBH · 12 replies · 306+ views
    NBCi ^ | 04/01/2010
    CLEVELAND - After a snowy winter, conditions have turned dry enough across northern Ohio that forecasters are warning of the potential for wildfires. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook about a fire threat stretching throughout the state’s northern tier of counties, including the cities of Toledo, Mansfield, Canton and Youngstown. The weather service says dry air, low humidity and winds of up to 20 mph into the weekend could spread any grass fires that are started. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says April is one of Ohio’s peak months for wildfires because vegetation has not...
  • Brush Fires Threatening Homes in California [Diamond Bar]

    11/03/2009 3:49:11 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 6 replies · 458+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | Nov. 3, 2009 | Staff
    DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — A cluster of brush fires erupted along the fringes of suburban neighborhoods in eastern Los Angeles County on Tuesday. Helicopters and SuperScooper airplanes roared low over homes to drop loads of water on the flames in hilly terrain just outside back yards. Lines of widely separated flame moved across rolling grasslands. Weather appeared to be on firefighters' side, with little wind evident. County Fire Inspector Steve Zermeno said reports of five to eight separate fires near State Route 60 came in about 11:45. The area is about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. About 150...