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‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

May 13, 2022 12:23 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/13/like-an-inferno-us-west-burning-at-furious-pace/ By MARCIO J. SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains charred by a month-old monster blaze. The two places could…

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New Mexico Fire Costs Top $65M; Closes in on Taos

May 11, 2022 11:33 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/11/new-mexico-fire-costs-top-65m-closes-in-on-taos/ By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Many homes near America’s largest wildfire survived the latest barrage of howling winds and erratic flames but New Mexico’s governor said Tuesday the risk of more destruction is high and that the long-term costs of recovering from the massive blaze will soar. Two more days of…

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Fire Crews Close in Around Massive NM Wildfire

May 6, 2022 10:48 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/06/fire-crews-close-in-around-massive-new-mexico-wildfire/ LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico took advantage of diminished winds Thursday to build more fire lines and clear combustible brush near homes close to the fringes of the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. They did so ahead of what is expected to be several consecutive days of…

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NM Governor Seeking US Disaster Status for Wildfire

May 4, 2022 10:18 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/04/new-mexico-governor-seeking-us-disaster-status-for-wildfire/ By CEDAR ATTANASIO and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor on Tuesday asked President Joe Biden to declare a disaster as firefighters scrambled to clear brush, build fire lines and spray water to keep the largest blaze burning in the U.S. from destroying more homes…

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As Wildfire Closes in, New Mexico Residents Prepare to Flee

May 4, 2022 10:15 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/05/04/as-wildfire-closes-in-new-mexico-residents-prepare-to-flee/ LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico’s pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush from around their homes, and police were called in to help evacuate…

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‘Wall of fire’ Forces Evacuations Near Flagstaff (AZ)

April 20, 2022 2:12 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/04/20/wall-of-fire-forces-evacuations-near-flagstaff-az/ FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Heavy winds kicked up a towering wall of flames outside a northern Arizona tourist town Tuesday, ripping through two-dozen structures and sending residents of more than 700 homes scrambling to flee. Flames as high as 100 feet (30 meters) raced through an area of scattered homes, dry grass…

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Elderly Couple Killed in New Mexico Wildfire, 200 Structures Involved

April 14, 2022 10:11 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/04/14/elderly-couple-killed-in-new-mexico-wildfire-200-structures-involved/ The remains of a New Mexico couple were found near their burned home as a wind-driven wildfire charred more than 200 residences on the edge of a mountain community in the southern part of the state. Fire crews on Thursday pointed to a break in what has been a steady stream of…

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Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Near Smoky Mountains

April 1, 2022 10:47 am Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/04/01/crews-work-to-contain-wildfire-near-smoky-mountains/ PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters from across Tennessee continued working Thursday morning to contain a wildfire near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that spread overnight despite rain from storms that passed through the area, officials said. The blaze, which began as a brush fire Wednesday morning in the Hatcher Mountain…

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Idaho Governor OKs Wildland Firefighter Hazard Pay Raises

March 25, 2022 8:28 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/03/25/idaho-governor-oks-wildland-firefighter-hazard-pay-raises/ By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed into law legislation giving the state’s wildland firefighters hazard pay, a boost expected to keep more firefighters on the job. The Republican governor signed the measure that provides Idaho Department of Lands wildland firefighters with hazard…

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Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 100s of Homes in Florida Panhandle

March 6, 2022 3:48 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/03/06/wildfire-forces-evacuation-of-100s-of-homes-in-florida-panhandle/ PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of Florida Panhandle homes were evacuated as a wildfire destroyed two houses and damaged 12 others in an area that has spent years recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Michael, officials said Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) of downed trees from the…

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