A wildfire that has scorched more than 326 square miles (844 square kilometers) since it started in mid-August, becoming the largest in Colorado history, has damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes, officials said.
Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state.
A handwritten note left by a firefighter who helped save a home from the East Troublesome fire has lead to an outpouring of joy and gratitude on social media.
Being a wildland firefighter has always involved long hours, personal risk and weeks away from home. But this year has been something else.
Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season drove fires up and down the state Sunday night and Monday. Two firefighters were severely injured near Irvine.
The ferocious Silverado Fire burning Monday in Orange County doubled in size by early afternoon, leaping to 4,000 acres as hundreds are battling a fire that has left two firefighters critically injured.
A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 70,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new fires.
Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires and the fire-weary state braced for a new bout of dry, windy weather.
State investigators found that a contract firefighter’s death in August and near-fatal injuries to an inmate firefighter this month stemmed from aggressive tactics gone awry.
The possibility of a Coronavirus outbreak in the Northwest’s fire camps this summer was avoided