wildfire News

PG&E to Face Manslaughter Trial over Deadly California Fire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — andwill face trial for manslaughter over its role in a 2020 wildfire in Northern California that killed four people, a judge ruled Wednesday. The judge in Shasta County ruled after a preliminary hearing that there was …

Recovering from Wildfire, New Mexico Bill Passes First Test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would clear the way for New Mexico to provide zero-interest loans to local governments to repair or replace public infrastructure damaged by wildfires or post-fire flooding has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The …

Smoke Damage a Source of Friction for ‘Standing Home Survivors’

The lingering impact of smoke and soot is complicating insurers’ efforts to resolve homeowners claims from the Marshall Fire, which destroyed 1,084 homes in Boulder County, Colorado last December. An in-depth report posted online this week by the nonprofit Boulder …

Christmas Tree Sellers Feel Effects of New Mexico Wildfire

MORA, N.M. (AP) _ The Monday after Thanksgiving, Deanna Trujillo stood in the bed of her truck, watching Christmas tree after Christmas tree pile up in her trailer. There were 101 in total _ Trujillo, who sells Mora-grown Christmas trees …

Report: 90% of US Counties Hit with Disaster in Last Decade

Ninety percent of the counties in the United States suffered a weather disaster between 2011 and 2021, according to a report published Wednesday. Some endured as many as 12 federally-declared disasters over those 11 years. More than 300 million people …

California’s Mosquito Fire to Cost Utility PG&E $100 Million

PG&E Corp. recorded a $100 million third-quarter charge for a California wildfire that its equipment may have sparked last month in the Sierra Nevada mountains. California’s biggest utility said the costs of the Mosquito Fire should be largely offset by …

Wildfires Destroy Much of Missouri Town, Threaten Homes in Iowa and Nebraska

WOOLDRIDGE, Mo. (AP) — Roughly half of a small Missouri town burned Saturday after a wildfire spread quickly from a farm field and destroyed or heavily damaged 23 buildings, officials said. Prairie fires also erupted in Nebraska and Iowa over …

Washington Wildfire Caused by Pyrotechnic, Police Seek Tips

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire in southwest Washington state that ballooned in size Sunday, causing regional air quality issues, may have been started by a firework or firearm, officials said. The Nakia Creek Fire started Oct. 9 on Larch …

Evacuation Area Shrinks Near Southwest Washington Fire

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — Some roads reopened and evacuation zones shrank near a wildfire fed Sunday by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, as fire officials got a better handle on fire activity amid weather changes. About …

Wildfire in Southwest Washington Prompts Evacuation Orders

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire fed by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, grew rapidly on Sunday, prompting authorities to order evacuations as the blaze sent up a plume of white smoke visible throughout the metropolitan …