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June 28, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Colorado Gov.   John Hickenlooper   announced late Thursday night that the   White House   had declared the fire-stricken state a major disaster, boosting federal help for devastated communities. The High Park fire west of Fort Collins destroyed at least 257 homes this month. And earlier Thursday, Colorado Springs Mayor Stephen Bach announced at least 346 homes had been destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire.  Another blaze, the Flagstaff fire, was burning near Boulder, which appeared safe for the moment.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As if New Yorkers needed another reason to pinch their noses at New Jersey. A wildfire in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest sent a cloud of smoke rolling over New York City on Monday morning, putting the sunrise into a haze and causing many residents to worry there was a fire in their neighborhoods. The pungent smell of burning grass and brush is familiar to Angelenos during fire season, but it's a little more unusual for New Yorkers, who found themselves under an air quality alert until at least until Monday evening.
June 1, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
New Mexico fire crews are battling a pair of wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and prompted the evacuations of homes and campgrounds.   More than 5,300 acres have burned in a canyon in Santa Fe National Forest off Interstate 25, about 25 miles southeast of the capital city. Dense smoke is expected to descend on Pecos Valley residents at night as temperatures drop.   About 140 summer homes in the area were evacuated, in addition to numerous trailheads and campgrounds, officials said.
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
June 24, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Two wildfires ravaging Colorado have forced 11,000 evacuations and destroyed more than 200 homes. The Waldo Canyon fire forced the complete evacuation of Manitou Springs over the weekend and evacuations from nearby Colorado Springs and a number of small communities along Highway 24, according to Rob Deyerberg, a spokesman for the firefighters battling the blaze. "We're used to flooding and tornadoes, nothing like this," Amanda Rice of Rock Falls, Ill., told the Associated Press.
September 1, 2009
Was the still air a blessing or a curse? The dearth of breeze kept the Station fire from burning even more disastrously out of control at the same time that it corralled ash and heat, making for miserable air quality. Most tellingly, though, it was a sign, just one of many, that the length and severity of wildfire seasons are worsening. The worst fires typically occur around October, when Santa Ana winds and brush that has been drying in the hot sun since April combine to fuel deadly blazes.
December 5, 2012 | Bettina Boxall
When a team of academic researchers blended wildfire data with satellite images from the Great Basin, they confirmed what public land managers and ranchers have seen on the ground for years: cheatgrass, an invasive grass accidentally introduced by settlers more than a century ago, is fueling bigger, more frequent wildfires in that empty stretch of the West. Comparing regional land cover maps with the dates and boundaries of Great Basin wildfires, the researchers found that fires in areas dominated by cheatgrass consistently ranked as the largest or second largest.
September 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for sparking two Northern California wildfires that scorched more than 37,000 acres, officials announced Thursday night. The Salmon River and Butler fires were started July 31 and raged across brush and timber in the Six Rivers and Klamath national forests, fire officials said. The reward is being offered by the U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
June 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
At least 21 uncontained large fires are burning in the West, with Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado especially hard-hit, authorities said Thursday. The fires, spread by hot, dry weather and strong winds in some areas, are causing evacuations and have destroyed property. In Colorado, two deaths have been reported. Colorado reported seven fires, including the new Lime Gulch blaze, which has burned through 500 acres about 30 miles east of Denver. About 100 people have been evacuated there.
October 24, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Firefighters are struggling to control a wildfire in southern Colorado that has burned 14 homes and scorched more than 1,700 acres. More than 130 firefighters from 16 agencies statewide have been battling high winds and flames since Tuesday in Wetmore, a community about two hours south of Denver. Winds reached upward of 50 mph Tuesday and are projected to top 30 mph Wednesday,  U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ralph Bellah told the Los Angeles Times. PHOTOS: U.S. wildfires 2012 "Wind gusts in the 30s is very bad," Bellah said.
January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
A fast-growing brush fire that broke out Thursday morning above Glendora started to overrun hillside homes as it grew to more than 125 acres, prompting evacuations, authorities said. The fire, reported  just before 6 a.m. near the intersection of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Trail Motorway, was sending a huge plume of smoke into the air as it advanced south down the hillside, overtaking at least two homes and other structures, aerial news footage showed. Mandatory evacuations were in place for areas west of Glendora Boulevard to North Sierra Madre Boulevard, according to an alert issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department.
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
The men accused of accidentally sparking the Colby Fire that has burned at least 1,700 acres and injured four people near Glendora could face federal charges because the blaze was believed to have been sparked on federal land, a police official said. Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab told The Times prosecutors were expected to decide Friday whether the case would be handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office or the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said investigators were still trying to pinpoint the exact origin of the blaze, but confirmed they also believe it began on federal ground.
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Christine Mai-Duc and Kate Mather
The police officer who detained suspects Thursday in connection with a fast-moving wildfire near Los Angeles said she “knew immediately” the men were involved. At least two homes have been destroyed in Glendora as the Colby fire burned through more than 1,700 acres in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles. Glendora police Cpl. Nancy Miranda said she was helping with evacuations on North Palm Drive when a resident flagged her down and pointed to two men running down the hill, away from the fire.
January 16, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
Arson investigators were at the scene of a wildfire near Los Angeles that exploded in size Thursday to more than 1,700 acres and destroyed at least two homes, authorities said. Three people had been arrested in connection with the fast-moving Colby fire, but Glendora police declined to provide further information. L.A. County fire Inspector Scott Miller said the cause of the fire, reported shortly before 6 a.m., was still under investigation, but said arson investigators were on hand and working with Glendora police.
January 16, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff writers
As the wildfire near Los Angeles grew to 1,700 acres on Thursday morning, a state of emergency was declared and officials arrested three people in connection with the blaze. Meanwhile, air quality plummeted beneath the expanding plume of ash and smoke. A news conference was underway at 11 a.m. on the wildfire. The Los Angeles Times has a team of reporters on the ground.  See the latest real-time updates in our live blog . PHOTOS: Colby fire rages near Glendora
June 28, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Even as ribbons of smoke from Colorado's raging wildfires rose in the foothills around them, 1,045 fresh cadets arrived Thursday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to begin their basic training. When the Waldo Canyon fire exploded Tuesday night, flames jumped perimeters and charred about 10 acres of the storied installation. More than 2,100 families were quickly evacuated from residential areas of the academy and, as of Thursday, still had not been allowed to return.
June 11, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico spread Monday, fanned by winds and intensified by drought, with the blaze in northern Colorado doubling in 24 hours. Hundreds of firefighters and thousands of homeowners struggled to cope. “The fuels out here are very dry. That's the big story. It's drought,” David Shell, a spokesman for the Little Bear firefighting crews in New Mexico, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday evening. The Little Bear fire, near Ruidoso, N.M., has swallowed 34,561 acres in a week since a lightning strike started the blaze.
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Samantha Schaefer
Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years. Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area. “I lost everything, how am I going to survive?
December 22, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A devastating wildfire that burned more than 900 acres in Big Sur has been fully contained, fire officials said Sunday. The Pfeiffer fire started last Monday and burned 917 acres, destroying 34 homes and four outbuildings, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Full containment was declared Saturday but crews remained on scene to mop up Sunday. Members of the close-knit Big Sur community came together to house and gather donations for those who fled the fire. Residents of the Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge and Front Hill areas were allowed to return home Saturday.
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