CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 |
BANNING, Calif. - The photo flashed across a cellphone, frightening Kymberley Heighes. It showed her mountain home framed by a wall of dark smoke. The Silver fire was in its early stages Wednesday afternoon, burning more than 1,000 acres per hour - a speed that overwhelmed firefighters and residents such as Heighes, who lives in the sparsely populated mountain ranges south of Interstate 10 near Banning. "I knew it wasn't normal smoke, I knew it was bad," said Heighes, 50, describing her panic as she saw the photo while at a friend's home, then sped home with her 18-year-old son. Heighes arrived in time to see two of her other children being evacuated by a neighbor, and to save a few of her pets.
August 1, 2013 |
Most public lands and resorts in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas are welcoming visitors after a wildfire last month that forced widespread evacuations and fouled the air on the Strip. The Carpenter 1 blaze consumed more than 43 square miles of forest. Officials described it as a “mosaic” fire, meaning it burned in patches, often in remote, rugged terrain seldom accessed by day-trippers. Most of the pine-laced hiking trails and picnic areas in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area were unscathed and have reopened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 |
A wildfire in San Bernardino County had burned about 75 acres Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out around 3 p.m. near state Highway 138 northwest of Silverwood Lake in Hesperia, fire officials said. The fire was initially reported to be 10 acres but then quickly grew, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Firefighters, aided by at least one water-dropping helicopter, appeared to be holding the blaze at about 75 acres, the Fire Department said. "It's looking really good.
July 15, 2013 |
Air quality in the Las Vegas Valley returned to normal and hiking trails in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area were once again welcoming visitors Monday as containment of the 2-week-old wildfire in the Spring Mountains grew to 70%. “We've cornered the beast,” fire information officer Larry Helmerick said Monday afternoon of the Carpenter 1 fire. “Our [firefighter] numbers will probably decline significantly tonight.” About 1,000 firefighters continued to douse hot spots Monday with the aid of seven helicopters.
July 15, 2013 |
With the wildfire in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas now 60% contained, most of the hiking trails in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area reopened Sunday afternoon. That's one of of several indicators that firefighters have the upper hand on the blaze that has scorched more than 43 square miles and fouled the air in and around Las Vegas . “Work is being completed. People [firefighters] are going home,” said Madonna Lengerich, a fire information officer.
July 12, 2013 |
Rains late Thursday provided some relief to firefighters battling the wildfire that has raged about 30 miles from Las Vegas, bringing the blaze to 43% containment and promising clearer skies and better air for weekend visitors. “We see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Larry Helmerick, a fire information officer. “It's not a freight train coming at us.” Smoke from the fire had fouled the air in and around Las Vegas and the Strip, prompting an air quality advisory that had once reached the unhealthful stage . Air quality improved, however, and is now predicted to be moderate until at least Monday, according to the forecast from Clark County Department of Air Quality . Mostly sunny skies, with temperatures in the low 100s, are predicted for the weekend, according to Weather.com . On Thursday, the Carpenter 1 wildfire in the Spring Mountains northwest of Las Vegas was only 15% contained.
July 11, 2013 |
The Las Vegas-area wildfire that has affected air quality in Clark County prompted the closure Thursday of hiking trails in Red Rock Canyon, a national conservation area. The Carpenter 1 fire spread Thursday into a remote part of Red Rock Canyon . The area's scenic loop was closed to motorists for part of Thursday morning, but the loop has since reopened. The visitor center is operating as usual. The fire's spread had slowed somewhat by Thursday ; about 28,000 acres in the region commonly called Mt. Charleston have been scorched, an increase of about 3,000 acres from Wednesday.
July 10, 2013 |
Wildfires such as the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona may be warming Earth's atmosphere far more than previously thought, according to a study by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Researchers at the Department of Energy facility normally chase fires throughout the western U.S., to measure their atmospheric effects. But in 2011, they took advantage of a conflagration that came to their doorstep - the Las Conchas fire that burned more than 150,000 acres and briefly caused the evacuation of the sprawling facility in the New Mexico desert.
July 10, 2013 |
A large wildfire burning in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas has destroyed six structures and continues to grow, officials said Wednesday. Officials only had details about one of the buildings, a commercial structure at Prospect Springs Ranch, said fire spokeswoman Suzanne Shelp. It is not known if any homes were destroyed. More than a thousand firefighters from multiple states were working to protect more than 400 homes, as well as lodges and cabins, in canyon communities near Mount Charleston.