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Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season and Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget

Thu, Oct 8, 2015

Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee.

Report: Four Firefighters Hurt in Valley Fire Used Portable Shelter

Mon, Oct 5, 2015

A new report details the harrowing ordeal four Northern California firefighters trapped by a fast-moving blaze endured before their rescue

Report: Millions for California Fire Prevention Money Not Spent

Sun, Oct 4, 2015

Amid a drought that has created bone-dry conditions across much of California’s wildland area, a state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent.

Feds Investigating Report Armed Idaho Landowner Confronted Crews

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Federal authorities are investigating an anonymous report that an armed landowner confronted firefighters battling an Idaho wildfire and accused them of not properly protecting a private elk-hunting ranch.

Southern California Faces Explosive Wildfire Season

Tue, Sep 29, 2015

With thousands of homes burned and at least a half-dozen people dead, 2015 is already shaping up to be one of California's most challenging fire seasons.

Two Victims of Butte Fire File Lawsuit Against PG&E

Tue, Sep 29, 2015

A Southern California law firm announced that it has filed a civil lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on behalf of two Calaveras County residents who are victims of the Butte fire.

Fire Season Becomes an Endurance Test for California Fire Crews

Sun, Sep 27, 2015

In this relentless wildfire season, when fire crews and resources are stretched thin from the foothills of the Rockies to Alaska's wilderness, the latest enemy confronting firefighters is not flame. It is grinding exhaustion.


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

Dozen Volunteer Firefighters Lose Homes in California Wildfire

Mon, Sep 21, 2015

The numbers from the Butte Fire are staggering: 545 homes burned. Now, the damage has extended to include nearly a dozen volunteer firefighters

More Than 1,000 Homes Destroyed by Two California Wildfiires

Sun, Sep 20, 2015

The tally of homes destroyed by two massive Northern California wildfires topped 1,000 Saturday after authorities doing damage assessments in the Sierra Nevada foothills counted another 250 houses destroyed by flames still threatening thousands of more structures.

Crews Make Progress on Massive Butte and Valley Fires

Sat, Sep 19, 2015

After days of battling the massive Butte and Valley fires in Northern California, firefighters continue to make good progress Friday in containing the fire.

California Fire Season Taking Toll on Firefighters

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The damage from California's fast-spreading wildfires is usually expressed in acres destroyed, homes razed or people killed. But for the firefighters, a mental and physical toll is mounting just as fast.

Two More Bodies Found in Burn Zone of Valley Fire (CA)

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Two more bodies were found in the burn zone of the monster wildfire raging north of San Francisco, authorities said Thursday, bringing the death toll to five from a pair of major wildfires in Northern California.

Smoke Becoming an Issue with California Wildfires

Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and tens of thousands of acres in California. Thanks to the state’s four-years-and-counting drought, those flames are spreading fast and far. But what travels even faster are the billows of smoke from those fires—which means a fire’s impact extends far beyond its perimeter

Firefighters Arrive to Aid Valley Fire Effort

Tue, Sep 15, 2015

A new day of firefighting Tuesday at the 67,000-acre Valley fire brought ramped up efforts as fire officials attempted to take control by bringing in hundreds of new firefighters, dozens more engines and other equipment

A Look at How the United States is Handling a Busy Fire Season

Tue, Sep 15, 2015

CALIFORNIA’S MOST DEVASTATING wildfire of the year started in rural Lake County just after 1 pm Saturday. Within 24 hours, it had grown to more than 50,000 acres.

Rough Fire Largest Fire in Fresno County's Recorded History

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Rain fell on the Rough Fire on Monday, but evacuation orders are still in place for some areas of Dunlap, Miramonte and Pinehurst, while Kings Canyon National Park remains closed.

Residents' Social Media Shows Life During a Fast-Moving Wildfire

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

After a wildfire rolled down a hill and swallowed much of the town of Middletown, Calif., residents of the area, known for its farmlands and hot springs, remained under a state of emergency on Monday.

Firefighters Struggling to Contain California Wildfires

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Firefighters struggled Monday to contain two explosive wildfires in Northern California that have claimed at least one life, scorched 130,000 acres, burned down over 500 homes and turned several communities into smoldering ruins

California Governor Declares State of Emergency in Valley Fire

Sun, Sep 13, 2015

Four California Firefighters Suffer Burns at Fast-Moving Wildfire

Sun, Sep 13, 2015

Four firefighters suffered burn injuries while battling a new wildfire in California that broke out Saturday and quickly grew.