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1 month 6 days ago

California wildfire threatening over 500 homes

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said late Sunday the fire was about 2 miles west of the historic town and has forced the evacuation...

4 months 2 weeks ago

Fire resistant trees can Protect your home

Most deciduous trees as well as annuals and fruit and vegetable plants are fire resistant, while evergreens have sap and resin that make them more flammable. According to Amy Sylvester, the Colorado Springs Fire Department's Wildfire Mitigation Program Coordinator, aspen, maple, and ash trees are great fire resistant options....

1 year 3 weeks ago

Rim Fire in California reaches 80% containment

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Crews have pushed forward with building containment lines around the wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park as authorities lift evacuation orders and advisories for several Sierra Nevada communities once threatened by the massive blaze. Officials said they still are investigating the cause of...

1 year 4 weeks ago

Rim Fire keeps gaining ground in California

The wildfire burning on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park is now the fourth largest in California history. Firefighters say they've made good progress, and the fire is now 45% contained. A fleet of aircraft continued dropping water and fire-retardant chemicals over the weekend. The two-week-old fire has burned...

1 year 1 month ago

Over 50 wildfires burn across the west

Right now, about 51 wildfires are burning out of control in the western part of the country. One of the most severe fires is the Beaver Creek blaze in the mountains of central Idaho. It's at about 108,000 acres and is 47% contained. Thousands of buildings and homes are threatened....

1 year 1 month ago

Beaver Creek Fire growing dangerously in Idaho

A massive wildfire burning in Idaho has now scorched nearly 160 square miles, forcing more than 2,000 evacuations. Drought conditions and dry vegetation are fueling that dangerous Beaver Creek Fire. More than a thousand firefighters are battling the blaze. One home has been destroyed, but thousands are threatened. At...

1 year 1 month ago

Silver Fire burns homes in California

One person hurt, two firefighters injured, and more than a dozen structures, including homes, burned down. Images from overnight of the Silver Fire burning in California show massive flames. It's scorched more than 6,000 acres and has no containment. It stretches along a six mile path. Right...

1 year 3 months ago

2 Uncontained wildfires burning in New Mexico

PECOS, N.M (AP) - Crews fighting two large uncontained wildfires in New Mexico are focusing on building protection lines around the blazes and hoping a forecast of storms will bring moisture to help reduce the intensity of the fires. Still, the forecasted thunderstorms could also bring lightning that could start...

1 year 6 months ago

Crews battling N. Colo. fire face gusty winds

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Gusty winds could hinder firefighters' efforts to contain a wildfire that has scorched up to 1,000 acres in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Calm weather Saturday allowed crews to make significant progress, but the National Weather Service says Sunday could bring warmer temperatures and...

1 year 8 months ago

Hundreds crowd emergency preparation meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS - There weren't many empty seats at the Cheyenne Mountain High School auditorium as hundreds of people came out to the city's first wildfire safety information meeting. City leaders from the police and fire departments spoke about the importance of preparing for an evacuation and how to...

2 years 2 months ago

Update: Waldo Canyon Fire

The Waldo Canyon Fire has caused 32,500 people to be evacuated in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. At a morning news conference, officials said structures were lost in the last 24 hours, but they don't have a good count at this point. Firefighting efforts continue with hundreds...

2 years 3 months ago

Make an emergency plan and prepare a kit

In case a wildfire ever occurs near you, you should prepare your family with a plan and a kit. Some items to remember include a 3-day supply of food and water, your cellphone and a charger, extra cash, medications, a first aid kit, copies of any important personal documents, family...

2 years 3 months ago

New wildfire burns in northern Colorado

PARADOX, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters are responding to a new wildfire burning in northern Colorado. Larimer County sheriff's officials say the fire was reported Monday afternoon and has spread to about 40 acres. Sheriff's officials say they have alerted 66 homes and three businesses to the fire, but no evacuations...

2 years 4 months ago

Huge New Mexico wildfire continues to grow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A giant wildfire in the Gila National Forest that is already New Mexico's largest ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles. Fire officials said Thursday that the erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres and is spreading in all directions, as officials in...

2 years 5 months ago

Authorities defend procedures in fatal wildfire

DENVER (AP) - Authorities are defending their attempts to warn residents about a Colorado wildfire blamed for killing three people. About an hour before the first wave of automated evacuated warning calls on March 26, a volunteer firefighter went house-to-house telling residents to leave. He wasn't able to reach one...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Obama telephones Perry on Texas wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has telephoned Gov. Rick Perry, one of the Republicans who want Obama's job, to express concern for residents threatened by one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history. The White House says Obama made clear that the federal government will continue to...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Wildfires become deadly

DALLAS (AP) - A sheriff says a fast-moving wildfire has engulfed a home in East Texas, killing a 20-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter who were trapped inside. Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano says the fire destroyed the home Sunday between Lincoln City and Gladewater, more than 100 miles east...

3 years 4 weeks ago

Multiple wildfires in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters working on a dozen major fires or groups of fires in central and eastern Oregon have things to worry about as the Labor Day weekend nears. Jeree Mills, a spokeswoman for the federal fire center in Portland, says hot, dry and windy weather is...

3 years 1 month ago

Hotshot crews headed to fight Colorado wildfire

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) - Two Hotshot crews are in northwestern Colorado to keep a fast-moving wildfire from growing after it destroyed an outbuilding, damaged a power pole and threatened communication towers. The 75-acre fire started around noon Tuesday. Fire managers were hoping to fully contain it Wednesday night. The...

3 years 2 months ago

Bear Canyon fire keeping its size

Smoke coming from the foothills west of Colorado Springs caught the attention of people across the city. "We were riding up Palmer Trail and we came around a curve and we saw what looked like, at the time, a small campfire burning up on the ridge," says Traci D'Alessio,...

3 years 3 months ago

Small wildfire in Fremont County

Fire crews were quick to act tonight on a wildfire in Fremont County. It's burning on Iron Mountain. About 5 acres have burned off Indian Wells Road and Copper Gluch Road. But local and federal resources attacked the fire quickly and tell News First 5 it's well contained....

3 years 3 months ago

Track fire nearly contained

RATON, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters are close to containing a wildfire that charred nearly 28,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border. The Track fire had initially forced the evacuation of several hundred residents and the closure of Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colo. Crews were focused Tuesday on mopping...

3 years 3 months ago

Cowboys save the ranch from wildfire

"I mean we've fought lightning strikes and fires all our lives, but I've never seen anything this big," says Kelly Bader, a Las Animas County rancher, describing the Shell Fire that consumed eight to ten-thousand acres of his land last week. "It doesn't look anything like a fire, but...

3 years 3 months ago

Update: Duckett Fire

As the Duckett Fire rages on crews are beginning to get a hold on it. As it stands now the fire is about 30% contained. That's a big improvement over Saturday. "Yesterday was 15% so there's been quite a bit of progress." explains Tracy Dierking, a Public Information Officer working...

3 years 3 months ago

Costs to fight Duckett fire reach $4 million

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) - Fire officials say costs of fighting a blaze burning on seven square miles in the southern Colorado mountains have reached about $4 million. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity Saturday helped crews build containment lines around 30 percent of the Duckett fire, but the National Weather...

3 years 3 months ago

Conditions worsen at Duckett Fire

Severe wind gusts have begun blowing hot embers directly into homes on the east side of the Duckett Fire along the Custer/Fremont County line. The fire grew by nearly 500 acres Wednesday to just shy of 3,000 acres. Fire bosses report 10% containment as of Thursday at noon, but...

3 years 3 months ago

Blaze along NM-Colo. destroys 14 structures

A wildfire racing across rugged terrain along the New Mexico-Colorado border has charred more than 25,000 acres and has destroyed more than a dozen structures. Fire officials say 14 structures, including outbuildings and uninhabited hunting cabins, have burned. Officials say none of the structures were primary residences. Crews...

3 years 3 months ago

More evacuations near New Mexico/Colorado fire

Raton, New Mexico (AP)--- Fire officials have ordered more evacuations as a wildfire continues to rage along the New Mexico-Colorado border. The Track Fire has charred more than 24,000 acres along the border since starting Sunday. It has destroyed 11 structures, including outbuildings and hunting cabins, and had forced...

3 years 3 months ago

Navajo evacuees not allowed back in yet

As fire crews gain the upper hand on the Navajo Fire in Teller County, the conditions remain dangerous. Even with 50% containment today the Teller County Sheriff's Office says many hot spots remain and flare ups are common as winds move through the area. Because of this residents who were...

3 years 3 months ago

Update: Navajo Fire

The Teller County Sheriff's Office tells News First 5 that the Navajo fire burning near Wrights Reservoir is now 50% contained. They also say that estimate is conservative. Cool overnight weather and rising humidity helped to calm the fire burning since Wednesday.

3 years 3 months ago

No containment for Shell Fire

The Shell Fire in Las Animas County has zero containment as of this morning, according to Las Animas County Emergency Management. The fire is burning 25,000 acres on both sides of Highway 109 between La Junta and Kim. The primary focus for today is on the west side of...

3 years 4 months ago

UPDATE: Fountain fire out

Crews fighting the grass fire in a field between Woody Creek Drive and S. Powers Blvd have reported the fire extinguished. Crews still on scene are watching for hot spots and performing mop up functions. No homes were reported damaged by the fire due to the quick response of fire...

3 years 4 months ago

Kenosha Pass fire over 100 acres

Park County Undersheriff Monty Gore says no homes have been evacuated, but they are evacuating hikers and campers in the area. He says seven structures are near the fire area, but they are not in immediate danger. Authorities say the fire is burning in the Lost Creek area of...

3 years 5 months ago

Boulder County braces for flooding after fire

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder County is bracing for increased flood danger west of Boulder where hillsides have been stripped bare of vegetation by September's wildfire. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that about 90 responders from 15 agencies practiced for a variety of emergencies during drills Saturday. September's wildfire...

3 years 5 months ago

Mulching project continues on burn area

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - An extra half ton of straw has been ordered to cover mountainsides burned in a wildfire that destroyed 169 homes and scorched about 9 square miles west of Boulder. Helicopters have already dropped roughly a ton of straw mulch, which will help reduce the risk...

3 years 5 months ago

Bent County Fire: 100% contained

A wildfire in Bent County is now 100% contained. The fire started last Saturday and spread to about 14,000 acres. Today crews were mopping up and saw no flare-ups in the past 24 hours, enabling them to declare containment. In the past week the fire flared up twice---forcing evacuations.

3 years 5 months ago

Evacuation orders lifted in Evergreen

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) - Evacuation orders have been lifted after a central Colorado wildfire forced families from their Evergreen homes. Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer says a temperature drop and less wind last night helped crews fighting the 40-acre fire near Squaw Pass Road. Firefighters also were called to...

3 years 5 months ago

Snow, shifting winds slow wildfire's growth

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Snow and shifting winds have slowed a wildfire in canyon country west of Fort Collins that scorched 2,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 335 homes overnight Sunday. Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz says an air tanker dropped fire retardant near the fire...

3 years 6 months ago

Fire near Golden grows to over 500 acres

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a fire burning on steep, dry, rocky terrain near Golden has more than doubled its size to nearly 1 square mile. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the fire started Sunday morning on Mount Galbraith between Clear Creek and Golden Gate...

3 years 6 months ago

UPDATE: Wildfire in Rye contained

News First 5's James Amos has just given an update from the scene of the wildfire near Rye in Pueblo County. Officials report that the fire has been contained and no homes were damaged. The fire sparked from embers that blew in from an unrelated controlled burn. A majority...

3 years 6 months ago

Wildfire near Rye on a Red Flag day

The Pueblo County Sheriffs Office tells News First 5 that a grass fire is burning near the town of Rye. There are homes threatened but no injuries have been reported at this time. The photos attached by our reporter James Amos shows the remote area where smoke is rising.

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