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Wildfire Threatens Idaho Hot Springs Resort Area Near McCall

BOISE, Idaho — Firefighters are trying to stop a wildfire from reaching a popular hot springs resort area with buildings dating to the late 1800s. Fire spokesman Jim Mackensen said Wednesday that nine fire engines are positioned at Burgdorf Hot …

Hawaii’s Maui Island Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Thousands of residents and visitors on Hawaii’s Maui Island were ordered to evacuate two communities on Thursday as a spreading wildfire sent smoke billowing high into the sky, officials and local media said. The 3,000 acre brush fire in Maui’s …

Brush Fire Evacuation Closes 2 Southern Calif. Amusement Parks

LOS ANGELES — A brush fire raging along a Southern California riverbed prompted the evacuation of two nearby amusement parks on Sunday, but no homes were threatened and no serious injuries were reported, authorities said. The blaze erupted at about …

Florida Wildfires Burn Over 126,000 Acres Already This Year

At least 126,000 acres have burned in wildfires across Florida since January, surpassing the five-year average of acreage burned in a typical year, officials said. Florida’s fire season peaks this month, during the driest part of the year in the …

Wildfires Threaten Unprepared Residents’ Homes

As the Northwest braces for what’s expected to be one of the driest summers on record, the latest poll from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance warns that at least one in three residents who live in the region’s most at-risk areas for …

Federal Agency Truck Likely Cause of 2013 San Diego County Fire

Authorities suspect they’ve found the cause of a wildfire that burned nearly 150 buildings last summer in San Diego County. U-T San Diego says a state Cal Fire report concludes that the Chariot fire most likely started when a federal …

Second Oregon Fire Started by Electrocuted Squirrel

A brush fire was sparked Sunday near , Ore., by a squirrel that was electrocuted by touching power lines. The fire burned some trees and melted some plastic parts on a nearby camping trailer. KTVZ reports it’s the second squirrel-related …

Lightning Caused Florida Brush Fire That Burned 200 Acres

Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots in a Florida county after lightning caused a 200-acre brush fire that damaged four homes. An investigation found that Sunday’s fire started when lightning struck a tree in thick woods at St. Lucie …

10 Homes Burned in Ocala National Forest Fire

Authorities say 10 homes are among two dozen structures burned by a brush fire in Florida’s Ocala National Forest. U.S., state and Marion County firefighters have been working to contain the blaze since Saturday over an area more than 1,900 …

Man Facing Charge in Scottsdale, Ariz. Brush Fire Case

A New Jersey man is facing a charge of violating a Scottsdale law for setting off fireworks which led to a brush fire last week. Twenty-one-year-old Vincent Viganola says he was hiking with friends when he set off consumer fireworks …