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2 years 2 months ago

City to host wildfire awareness meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS -Emergency managers in the City of Colorado Springs will host an informational meeting later this month to increase awareness about the danger of wildfires and the need for emergency preparedness. Fire Chief Rich Brown, Fire Marshall Bret Lacey and Emergency Manager Bret Waters will discuss evacuation planning...

2 years 9 months ago

Wildfires burn 7,000 acres in western Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - Gusty winds have spread two wildfires in western Colorado that have burned more than 7,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of several campgrounds. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says crews are battling a wildfire that has scorched at least 5,000 acres of rugged canyon land...

3 years 6 months ago

Texas wildfires now 30 percent contained

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - The Texas Forest Service says massive wildfires near Austin are 30 percent contained. Agency spokeswoman April Saginor says lighter winds have helped firefighting efforts in Bastrop County, where blazes have destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles. Saginor says the...

3 years 10 months ago

Requested firefighting funds down for FY 2012

DENVER (AP) - The national budget for fighting wildfires may be cut next fiscal year with fire season well under way in Colorado. For fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, President Barack Obama's administration requested nearly $3.6 billion in appropriations and discretionary funds for the U.S. Forest Service and...

4 years 6 months ago

$900k available to protect water in fire zones

The state will provide up to $900,000 to help protect water supplies because of damage from two major wildfires. Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Thursday making the money available through grants to Larimer and Boulder counties and non-profits working with them. The fires destroyed nearly 170 homes...

4 years 6 months ago

Park County institutes fire ban

Going camping this weekend? Add Park County to the list of places that have banned fires. Park joins El Paso and Fremont counties in banning outdoor fires, following the devastating wildfires in Boulder and Loveland.

4 years 6 months ago

Homeowners flee Montana wildfire

Wildfires drove early morning evacuations in western Montana. A cold front brought lightning and sparked seven fires on forest service and private land. Ravalli County authorities began knocking on doors at 3 a.m. Friday, warning residents about three miles west of Hamilton that a fire in the Bitterroot National...

4 years 7 months ago

1,200 homes under evacuation orders in LA County

Firefighters plan an aggressive air attack at first light Friday against a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in northern Los Angeles County, chewing through more than 4,500 acres of dry brush, forcing thousands of evacuations and burning at least three structures. There is zero containment, authorities said. Three water-dropping...

4 years 8 months ago

Wildfire flares-up near Sand Dunes

A wildfire that's been burning near the Great Sand Dunes National Park since last month flared up Tuesday when thunderstorms moved through the area. Called the Medano Fire, the blaze has now consumed more than 6,200 acres. More than 200 firefighters have made a line all the way around...

5 years 2 months ago

600 homes ordered evacuated due to L.A. rain

Hundreds of people living below fire-stripped mountains were under orders to leave their homes Wednesday as another Pacific storm hit Southern California on the heels of powerful systems that have flooded coastal communities, spawned a tornado and killed one person. Los Angeles County and city authorities issued mandatory evacuation...

5 years 2 months ago

Wildfires destroy homes in Australia

Hundreds of people in western Australia have fled ahead of a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 40 homes. At least three people were injured as two major blazes burned out of control after breaking out Tuesday in a wheat and sheep farming district north of the coastal city of Perth....

5 years 6 months ago

California residents return to survey fire damage

Bulldozers are carving fire breaks along the southeast flank of a menacing 219-square-mile Southern California wildfire to keep a flare-up of flames away from foothill homes in Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Duarte and Monrovia. Fire spokeswoman Jennifer Sanchez said early Thursday that the vegetation-clearing construction of containment lines is designed...

5 years 6 months ago

Flames seen near observatory

Flames have been seen near the historic observatory atop Mount Wilson north of Los Angeles. But the flames spotted from a TV helicopter appear small, and firefighters are still on the mountain trying to protect the site. Mount Wilson is also home to at least 20 TV transmission towers and...

5 years 6 months ago

Health advisory issued for smoky skies

Roaring wildfires in California and other western states and Canada have filled Colorado's skies with a choking , white haze. Tuesday afternoon, the state health department issued a health advisory: Active children, active adults, and people with respiratory illnesses should limit prolonged outdoor exertion from 2 PM until midnight tonight....

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