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  • Memphis Couple missing, 3 sons Hospitalized

    11/30/2016 8:54:07 AM PST · by azkathy · 7 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 11-30-2016 | Jody Callahan
    As officials continue to search for a Memphis architect and his wife still missing after devastating fires that hit Gatlinburg this week, family and friends are using social media to provide updates on the family. Jon Summers and his wife, Janet, haven't been found, friends said, and their three sons — Branson and twins Wesley and Jared — have been hospitalized after being caught in the fire. All three sons are at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, family friends confirmed. “The boys are doing much better. That’s great news,” Steve Berger, president of the architectural firm that employs Jon Summers, said...
  • Man arrested on suspicion of arson in wildfire that has devastated Northern California community

    08/16/2016 7:28:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/15/2016 | Paige St. John and Hailey Branson-Potts
    Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said late Monday that Damin Pashilk, a resident of nearby Clearlake, had been arrested and booked on multiple counts of arson in connection with the Clayton fire and other fires in the area during the last year. ... t’s unclear how arson investigators linked Pashilk to the blaze, or how the fire ignited. Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said Pashilk had been under investigation for about a year. Pashilk, 40, faces 17 counts of arson in connection with the Clayton fire and other recent fires. He was being held in the county jail, according to...
  • Santa Clarita area wildfire continues to rage out of control, threatens hundreds of homes

    07/24/2016 7:16:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | í By Cindy Chang, Deborah Netburn, Matt Hamilton and Marisa Gerber
    he brush fire raging in the rugged mountains of Santa Clarita Valley has burned more than 22,000 acres, threatening hundreds of homes as firefighters battled Sunday to keep the fire from spreading. Mandatory evacuations were still in place Sunday for about 1,500 residents in parts of Sand and Placerita canyons, as well as for others along Little Tujunga Canyon Road. So far, 18 structures have been destroyed and another damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The 14 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley was closed in both directions late...
  • Dog Head Fire destroys dozens of structures (NM)

    06/17/2016 8:27:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 8:59pm | Todd Dickson / Mountain View Telegraph
    TIJERAS — Several hundred people whose homes, animals and ways of life are threatened by the Dog Head Fire heard Gov. Susana Martinez promise during a public meeting here Friday to commit more resources to help them through their ordeal. Martinez told anxious Manzano Mountain area residents, jammed into the Roosevelt Middle School gym, that she has ordered more New Mexico National Guardsmen to provide security for neighborhoods that have been or may be evacuated, and that she would look into the possibility of making the fairgrounds at Expo New Mexico available to accept animals being removed from the path...
  • Alberta fire rages, torches 1,600 homes

    05/05/2016 11:18:13 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    columbiatribune.com ^ | May 5, 2016 | AP
    Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 residents to flee. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Flames are being kept from the downtown area thanks to the “herculean” efforts of firefighters, said Scott Long of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. No injuries or fire-related fatalities have been reported. The fire appeared late Wednesday near the airport, where crews were onsite. All commercial flights...
  • 500,000 Barrels And $1 Billion In Losses: The True Cost Of Canada’s Wildfire

    05/05/2016 12:58:18 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-05-2016 | Wildfire
    It took the market over a day to appreciate the fallout from the devastating Canadian wildfire which has led to a state of emergency in Alberta, the evacuation of over 80,000 people in the oil sands gateway city of Fort McMurray, and the destruction of over 1,600 structures. According to insurance industry reports, losses from the fire are approaching $1 billion, and will likely set records for the country. The average cost of a single-family home in the community was recently around CAD$627,000 ($487,000), Aon said, citing data from the local real estate industry, and cited by CNBC. That would...
  • Wildfire burns 72,000 Acres in Oklahoma

    03/23/2016 4:58:15 PM PDT · by rey · 39 replies
    kake ^ | 23 March 2016
    Only link. Rapidly changing situation. 72,000 acres in less than one day, 4 mile front. 125 mile perimeter. 30 MPH winds with 60 MPH gusts
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • Valley Fire Pictorial

    09/18/2015 1:07:54 PM PDT · by rey · 1 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 18 Sept 2015
    Nice story and pictorial on the Valley Fire.
  • Hundreds of homes destroyed in 50,000-acre Valley Fire [CA]

    09/13/2015 5:27:09 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 202 replies
    KCRA ^ | 3:38 PM PDT Sep 13, 2015
    <p>Local twitter reports and Live/recent video showing many structures burnt or burning..</p>
  • Large Wild Fire in Lake County CA

    09/12/2015 7:53:30 PM PDT · by rey · 112 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Sept 2015
    (My text) Over 10,000 acres in less than six hours. Four firefighters burned. 50-100 homes lost. Unconfirmed 50 people cut off from evacuation. Lots at news site including live Twitter accounts and pics.
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks – in a part of Siberia, no less – have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Lawyer with firetruck helps fight Okanogan fires

    08/21/2015 9:02:55 PM PDT · by llevrok · 5 replies
    KHQ TV (Spokane) ^ | 8/21/2015
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - People in Okanogan might never know it, but Alex Thomason might have saved their home. Like so many others, Alex is out fighting every flame he sees, but he's not a firefighter, per se. In fact, he's a lawyer. He bought a firetruck two days ago and took a mini course, and now he's out fighting fires. It's not just fire hoses he uses to fight flames. He also dig fire lines. Call him crazy, other people definitely have. "My wife thinks I'm crazy," Thomason says. But he's not the only one. In fact, he's got...
  • Jerusalem fire Lake County (Backfire set by pot grower)

    08/10/2015 3:40:58 PM PDT · by rey · 5 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 10 Aug 2015 | RANDI ROSSMANN
    Jerusalem fire in Lake County continues to increase As Cal Fire ramped up efforts Sunday night to fight Lake County’s newly raging Jerusalem fire, estimated at 5,000 acres and growing, sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lake County man suspected of starting a separate fire in the area in an attempt to protect his marijuana garden, sheriff’s officials said Monday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Juan Ramos Silva, 51, of Lower Lake was arrested at about 6 p.m. Sunday. He’d told deputies and fire officials he’d been a firefighter years ago while living in Mexico and he’d wanted to set a...
  • Anyone near any of the numerous wild fires in CA?

    08/01/2015 7:25:41 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Is anyone near any of the many fires in CA? I am in Sonoma County and there is a a steady stream of emergency aircraft flying. There are over 70 lightening fires in Humboldt county and a dozen in Mendocino County. Looking at the state wide map there are over 25 major fires. We have been hazed over for 2 days from the smoke from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake that has consumed 25000 acres in a little over 3 days. I understand some of the fires in Mendocino and Lake County may be arson.
  • Greece struggles against wildfire front, calls for EU help

    07/17/2015 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/17/15 | John Hadoulis
    Greece appealed for EU assistance Friday to battle wildfires raging on the outskirts of Athens and in the southern Peloponnese region that forced the evacuation of several villages. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he had requested help to fight the fires and announced army and airforce units were being deployed to help douse the flames. "All firefighting forces, in addition to the army and the airforce, are on alert," Tsipras told reporters, blaming the outbreak on "emergency weather conditions". "We all need to stay calm," he said. Greece had asked for four aircraft from Europe, fire department spokesman Nikos Tsongas...
  • Lost woman gives birth in remote area, starts wildfire for rescue

    07/01/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Dartman · 18 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | June 30/15 | Reuters
    A woman who gave birth alone and was stranded for days in a remote area of Northern California survived the ordeal by starting a fire that roared out of control and drew firefighters to her rescue, local media reported. Officials with the Plumas National Forest confirmed on Tuesday that a fire broke out on Saturday at the park and that firefighters rescued a woman and a newborn baby from the burn area. They declined to discuss the cause of the fire, saying it was under investigation. Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, told television station KCRA that after realizing she might...
  • Turkey Vulture Sparks Martinez Wildfire After Shorting Out Between Power Lines

    06/17/2015 5:18:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    A wildfire sparked by a turkey vulture that caught fire after shorting out two power lines according to a witness burned parts of an RV and two properties in Martinez Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $80,000 in damage, a fire official said. Firefighters responded at 10:42 a.m. to the vegetation fire in the 800 block of Howe Road, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Inspector Steve Aubert said. The witness told KPIX 5’s Don Ford that he saw the large turkey vulture short out between two power lines. When the bird began to burn, it started the brush fire....
  • 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
    cbsnews.com ^ | 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
    Vanity
    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 http://www.swofire.com/ 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 1, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    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 2½ 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
    KSL.com ^ | 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
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | 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:http://www.krqe.com/dpp/weather/wildfires/skyranger-over-the-little-bear-fire
  • 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...