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California Prepares for More Wildfires as Coronavirus Challenges Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has had 60% more wildfires so far in 2020 than last year because of drier weather, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday, and he promised increased funding for firefighting even as the state’s budget faces a …

Crews Use Controlled Burns to Fight Kenai Peninsula Wildfire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wildfire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula expanded Wednesday but fire crews used controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect a highway leading to some of the state’s most popular tourist destinations. The fire grew about 8% to …

Florida Fire Station Considered Nation’s Busiest

It’s 8:15 p.m. and the four-member crew of Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Engine 8 has just made its way back to the firehouse after two back-to-back calls – one where an SUV plowed into a store and another where a …

Cost of Battling Minnesota Wildfire Tops $12 Million

Officials tallying the cost of fighting the widespread wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota say expenses have topped $12 million. Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says funding for personnel, supplies, lodging, fuel and heavy equipment comes …

Rhode Island City Seeks to Recoup Mill Fire Costs

Woonsocket is seeking reimbursement for part of the cost of fighting a massive fire that destroyed the historic Alice Mill building last week. The Woonsocket Call reports that the costs include $38,660 in overtime, primarily for the Fire Department, as …