U.S. Forest Service News

Southern California Edison Focus of Wildfire Probe

SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators are looking into the possibility that tree branches hitting Southern California Edison electrical equipment may have sparked a fire in the mountains near Los Angeles that destroyed nearly 90 homes, the utility said Monday. A 23-foot-long …

Desert Communities Told to Evacuate as Winds Stoke Flames

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were …

Nothing Left in The Bucket’: Wildfire Resources Run Thin

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day …

Thousands Remain Evacuated From Southern California Wildfire

BANNING, Calif. — Evacuation orders remained in place early Monday for thousands of people after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size and forced crews to battle flames in triple-digit heat. The Apple Fire in Riverside …

California Virus War Slams Into Its Other Crisis: Wildfires

A crisis California didn’t foresee — the Covid-19 pandemic — is complicating preparations for one that arrives with a vengeance every year. With wildfire season on the horizon, state officials have ordered prevention efforts to proceed after rains have tapered …

Evolving Wildfires Force Forest Service to Rethink Response

When a forest fire threatens your house and you have minutes to run, do you know what you plan to grab besides your family? The photo albums? Computer hard drive? Tax records? Gun collection? Clean underwear? The U.S. Forest Service …

Family Files Civil Suit Over Arkansas Campground Flood

Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Forest Service over flash flooding at the Arkansas campground that killed 20 people in 2010. The suit was filed last week by Gay Cunningham Moss and Swan Moss III. Their …

3 Texans File Tort Claim Over Deadly Arkansas Flood

Three Texas residents whose children were injured when floodwaters swept 20 people to their deaths at an Arkansas campground have a filed a federal tort claim against the U.S. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The claim, …