Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Western Wildfires

In this Sept. 2, 2017, photo, a crew with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) battles "La Tuna" brushfire on the hillside in Burbank, Calif.

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts. Some of these disasters, like Friday’s earthquake in Mexico, are natural. Others may end up having ...
This Monday Sept. 4, 2017, photo provided by KATU-TV shows the Eagle Creek wildfire as seen from Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore.

BY DAN ELLIOTT DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in ...
This Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above the Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks, Oregon.

BY GILLIAN FLACCUS and NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — People in Oregon covered their faces with scarves to keep choking ash from wildfires from filling their lungs and wiped the soot from windshields, similar to what long-time residents ...
This Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 photo provided by the National Park Service shows a fire hose set up outside Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, Montana as firefighters prepare for a blaze that is threatening the century-old Swiss chalet-style hotel.

BY MATT VOLZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Winds wreaked havoc on wildfires that were threatening two crown jewels of the National Park Service on Monday, pushing the flames toward manmade and natural icons in and around Glacier ...
This undated photo provided by Glacier National Park/National Park Service shows the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Montana.

BY MATT VOLZ HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet, leaving them the choice of remaining until rangers tell them it’s safe or ...
Flames rise behind a vacant house as a firefighter works to halt the Detwiler fire near Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

BY SCOTT SMITH MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching ...
A firefighter sprays water on a back fire while battling the wildfires near Mariposa, Calif., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

BY SCOTT SMITH and SCOTT SONNER FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S., one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee ...
A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek behind a house in Boston Flats, British Columbia, early Monday, July 10, 2017.

BY DON THOMPSON OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Five months ago, it was fears over flooding. Now it’s flames. When Chuck Wilsey was ordered to flee over the weekend as a wildfire roared near his ranch home in Oroville, he was ...
In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, smoke billows from a wildfire locally called Goodwin Fire, near Prescott, Arizona.

BY SALLY HO A man accused of flying a drone over a major Arizona wildfire posted the aerial photos on his website, authorities said Saturday, leading to his arrest for hampering firefighting efforts against the stubborn blaze menacing an area ...
In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town. Firefighters hope ...
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