LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gusty, dry and warm Santa Ana winds will bring critical fire weather conditions to Southern California through the Thanksgiving holiday, forecasters said Wednesday.
The winds, produced by high pressure building in the Great Basin, were forecast to strengthen Wednesday night and peak on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's first strong Santa Ana wind event of the fall was diminishing Thursday but forecasters warned that another round of strong gusts is expected during the weekend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forecasters warned of critical fire danger and potentially damaging gusts as Santa Ana winds developed in Southern California on Tuesday.
Pressure gradients were trending strongly offshore and “all systems appear to be a go for a strong Santa Ana event” Tuesday night into Wednesday,” the National Weather Service said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Santa Ana wind event of the season brought gusts to parts of Southern California on Monday, but forecasters said it would be quick and weak.
The combination of warm and dry offshore winds and low relative humidity levels was expected to result in elevated or briefly critical fire weather conditions, the National Weather Service said.
SEATTLE (AP) — National Weather Service officials have issued weekend red flag warnings for Oregon and Washington around the Cascade Mountains because of east winds and low humidity contributing to critical fire weather conditions.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Utility companies said Monday they have restored power to tens of thousands of customers after shutting down service over the weekend to try to prevent wildfires during high winds, low humidity and hot temperatures.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon utilities shut down power to tens of thousands of customers on Friday as dry easterly winds swept into the region in the hopes that it would lessen the risk of wildfires in extremely dry and hot conditions.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pacific Northwest braced for yet another heat wave Saturday and the temperature in Denver hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, breaking a record set in 1877.
Meteorologists on Saturday issued a heat advisory in Portland, Oregon, through Monday and also issued a fire weather watch for the state’s populous Willamette Valley.
OGLALA, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire that started earlier this week west of Oglala has burned about 11 square miles and is 40% contained, according to officials.
The fire began near Prairie Wind Casino on Tuesday evening and moved southeast.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Crews in northern New Mexico have cleared and cut containment lines around nearly half of the perimeter of the nation's largest active wildfire while bracing for a return of weather conditions that might fan flames and send embers aloft, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A large swath of the interior of California was warned of wildfire danger and high heat on Tuesday.
Red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions were in effect in the Sacramento Valley and foothills of the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada due to northerly winds and low relative humidity, the Sacramento weather office said.
CAMPTONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled small blazes near Sacramento and in the Sierra Nevada on Friday as forecasters warned of critical fire weather conditions in the interior of Northern California due to gusty winds and low humidity levels.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that's picking up steam again in New Mexico.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gusty winds, low humidity and drying vegetation will bring fire danger to a large swath of the Northern California interior this week, forecasters said Wednesday.
A fire weather watch will be in effect from Thursday morning through Friday evening, the National Weather Service's Sacramento office said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a simple recipe that requires only a couple ingredients, and New Mexico has them all.
Strong winds, low humidity and dry conditions that stem from two decades of persistent drought combined Tuesday for another day of critical fire weather across New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Warnings that strong winds and hot and dry weather could produce dangerous wildfires blanketed most of New Mexico on Saturday as crews continued to battle at least two blazes that started as prescribed burns but then got out of hand.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Los Padres National Forest officials have banned campfires in the Santa Barbara front country due to increasing fire danger and potential threat to communities.
The prohibition announced Tuesday will stay in effect until Feb.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is facing a new round of offshore winds this week and after a dry January there could be “fire weather” concerns.
A high wind watch was set to go into effect in the San Francisco Bay region late Monday and persist into Thursday morning, potentially becoming similar to the Jan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people in Southern California were without power on Thanksgiving Day after utilities cut electricity to prevent their equipment from igniting wildfires amid warm and dry weather and Santa Ana winds sweeping through the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds gusted across Southern California on Thursday, sweeping skies clear and raising fire concerns.
Forecasters did not issue red flag warnings but did predict elevated to briefly critical fire weather conditions.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The interior of California was very hot and dry Wednesday and the forecast called for a risk of fire-starting dry lightning as thousands of firefighters already have their hands full with wildland blazes that have been burning for weeks.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews were digging in and burning out fire lines amid another round of high winds Saturday contributed to the fury to a Northern California wildfire.
“We have a firefight ahead of us and the wind today is going to make it very challenging," said Keith Wade, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A rapidly growing wildfire in northeastern Minnesota has expanded to at least 1,500 acres (600 hectares) and prompted some evacuations, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.
BLY, Oregon (AP) — The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days.
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 on the Wyoming border.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Much of California faces an early season heat wave this week as high pressure over the Southwest expands westward.
Significant heat is expected to be in full effect in Southern California on Tuesday, excluding some coastal areas, the National Weather Service said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and land managers are warning that warm, windy and dry conditions are combining to boost fire danger around New Mexico as authorities called for evacuations due to a wildfire burning in the Smokey Bear Ranger District...
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Lighter winds have helped firefighters contain a blaze in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park to an 8-square-mile area, officials said Wednesday...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong winds, warmer conditions and low humidity are combining to create a fire danger across several states, including parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri...
LOS ANGELES (AP) —
Critical fire danger is likely to return to Southern California at midweek due to a new round of gusty Santa Ana winds, forecasters said Tuesday...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire weather will return to Southern California on Thanksgiving with the onset of Santa Ana winds, the National Weather Service said Tuesday...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year, a forecast that prompted the largest utility to announce plans to cut power Sunday to nearly 1 million people to guard against its equipment sparking new blazes...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric may cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities...
The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local):
CHICO, Calif. — A Northern California sheriff said Sunday that two more people have died from wildfires, bringing the state's total death toll to 24...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lights went out across large portions of Northern California on Wednesday as the state's largest utility began its second massive blackout in two weeks and hinted that more outages could come this weekend due to the return of dangerous fire weather...
In the coming week or so, Congress will be considering the Farm Bill which has numerous inappropriate amendments for our public forests approved in the House but not in the Senate version. The bill’s fate will be decided in a conference committee between the House and Senate.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The slow start to Montana's fire season this summer has been a relief with the state still recovering from the record amount spent fighting fires last year...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters warned of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a "historically critical day...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's fall heat wave broke more records Wednesday but with less intensity despite the persistence of high pressure over the West...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Southern California firefighters continue to build containment lines around the remnants of a destructive wildfire that erupted amid gusty Santa Ana winds earlier this week...
For a place that prides it self on a sense of history, some Santa Fe-area folks are ignoring the recent past. How soon have people forgotten the ravages of human-caused forest fires? The loss of memory has happened quickly, considering what has been happening in the Jemez Ranger District lately.