July 11, 2012 |
The most destructive fire in Colorado history - which killed two people, scorched almost 29 square miles and destroyed more than 346 homes in less than three weeks - is now fully contained. The Waldo Canyon fire still smolders in parts of central Colorado, but the boundaries are fully under control, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. All residents have been allowed to return to their homes. “Some fires will burn until fall,” Pat Collrin, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times.
June 20, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- With forest fires burning in several Western states, tempers have flared between officials and reporters covering the blazes. In one Nevada incident, a news photographer was tackled to the ground for allegedly impersonating a firefighter. Tim Dunn, photo editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal, was detained in handcuffs Monday after a disagreement with Washoe County deputies trying to control a grass fire that destroyed two homes. Barry Smith, executive director of the Nevada Press Assn., told the Los Angeles Times that Dunn was complying with a deputy's directions to move when he was forced to the ground and his face pushed into some gravel.
June 7, 2011
. — An enormous wildfire that forced the evacuation of several mountain communities in eastern Arizona has grown to more than 300 square miles, sending smoke and haze across five states and as far east as Iowa, authorities said. Officials said the blaze has burned nearly 193,000 acres since it started more than a week ago near the White Mountain town of Alpine. Authorities believe an abandoned campfire may have sparked the blaze. The flames have destroyed five buildings but no serious injuries have been reported.
May 1, 2011 |
Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout Philip Connors Ecco Press; 246 pp., $24.99 With its glowing orange cover and title, "Fire Season" looks like another western tale of man versus flame. It turns out to be far rarer than that: a quirky meditation on the lonely pleasures of summers in a 7-by-7-foot lookout tower in a particularly wild patch of the Southwest. Every April, Philip Connors leaves behind his bartending job and his wife, Martha, in a small New Mexico town and heads for Apache Peak in the nearby Gila National Forest.
December 4, 2010 |
From Jordanian firefighters to Greek aircraft, a rare outpouring of international support for Israel helped the nation battle its worst-ever forest fire Friday, but the blaze continued to rage out of control. The death toll was revised to at least 41 people, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. They included 36 prison guards whose bus was engulfed in flames Thursday as they rushed to help evacuate a nearby prison. The toll includes two police officers who were trapped in the same firestorm that ensnared the bus. One passenger car reportedly was able to escape only by speeding through the flames.
December 3, 2010 |
A raging forest fire in northern Israel killed at least 37 prison guards Thursday when their bus was engulfed by flames while they rushed to evacuate a detention facility. Nearby firefighters tried desperately to rescue them as some guards hugged the floor of the vehicle in search of shelter, witnesses said. Dozens of people were injured as the wildfire continued to burn out of control late Thursday night in the usually lush Carmel Forest near the port city of Haifa. Among the injured was the head of Haifa's police department, Deputy Cmdr.
August 10, 2010 |
Tatiana Dyment found her 70-year-old mother sitting in the bathtub, her head leaning sideways and cold water from the showerhead still streaming down her back. "She could have been dead for two to three days, doctors suppose," said the psychologist, who had rushed back to Moscow from vacation in Croatia after she couldn't reach her mother by phone. "The windows in her apartment on the sixth floor were wide open and every piece of furniture in the apartment smelled of burning" from the thick white smoke hanging in the air outside.
March 30, 2010 |
When fires rage through forests, they often char acres upon acres of plant life and scar a landscape for years. Some plants have learned to use this destructive force to their advantage -- moving into competitors' now-empty territory or producing seeds that burst open from the heat. Now researchers have identified another way in which widespread flames benefit some fire-following plant species: A family of chemicals in the smoke makes the plants hypersensitive to lower, altered light levels, triggering the seeds to sprout with thicker, sturdier stems than they otherwise would have.
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August 14, 2009 |
A fire roaring through the Los Padres National Forest about 26 miles east of Santa Maria has grown, charring more than 40,000 acres and forcing some residents to flee. Authorities issued evacuation orders Thursday that cover about 150 homes and ranches, most in the Cottonwood Canyon area. About 1,600 firefighters are attacking the blaze, which started Saturday. The cause is unknown. Firefighting efforts have been hampered by inaccessible terrain and volatile winds. -- Steve Chawkins
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August 13, 2009 |
As firefighters battled a 29,000-acre forest fire east of Santa Maria on Wednesday, investigators asked for the public's help in identifying the driver of a late-model Chevy van last seen in the area where the blaze started. U.S. Forest Service special agents want to talk to the owner of a 2004-05 Chevy van that witnesses saw Saturday on Sierra Madre Road. The first plumes of smoke from the fire were reported about 2:50 p.m. that day. Authorities aren't calling the driver a suspect, but they say they want to fill in information from other witnesses as to why the tan or gold-colored van was in the area.