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 |
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.
June 28, 2012 |
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.
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September 19, 2013 |
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 |
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.
June 11, 2012 |
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.