Author Archives: Bill Carey

Arizona Feels Brunt of Wildfire Activity Across the U.S. West

More land has burned across Arizona so far to date     By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of wildfires were burning in hot, dry conditions across the U.S. West, including a blaze touched off by ...

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California Firefighters Work to Contain the Willow Fire

Willow Fire burns in rugged terrain south of Big Sur     BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — California’s weather began cooling Monday after a lengthy heat wave but firefighters still faced the difficult task of trying to contain a large ...

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Fatal Plane Crash Causes Utah Wildfire

Two dead in crash near Rush Valley     SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small plane crash that killed two people has also sparked a wildfire west of Salt Lake City. The blaze south of Grantsville had torched less ...

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California Firefighters Hike to Remote Area to Fight Wildfire

Wildfire threatened a Buddhist monastery     BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center has burned more than 3.2 square miles (8.3 square km) of dry brush in inaccessible ...

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Heat, Wildfire Bake Southwest States

Zero containment on fire between Phoenix and Flagstaff     By KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southwest U.S. continued to bake Saturday, and weather forecasters kept warnings in effect for excessive heat in Arizona, Nevada and ...

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Arizona Governor Signs $100M Wildfire Funding Plan

Bill includes using inmates to clear brush     By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill rushed through in a special legislative session that provides $100 million in funding this ...

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Wildfire Causes California Zen Center to Evacuate

Fire crew stays to run sprinkler system     Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near California’s central coast has forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center, authorities said Friday. The fire began ...

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More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

Firefighting aircraft return to work     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s firefighting aircraft returned to duty Friday as officials sought even more personnel and aircraft ahead of a shift in the weather that could stir up a large blaze ...

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Arizona Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund

Fires have been burning with increasing frequency across Arizona     By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings ...

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Idaho Officials Brace for Tough Wildfire Season

Nearly 80% of the state is in a drought     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season. A meteorologist on Tuesday told Republican Gov. Brad ...

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