|About 350 Evacuated in Utah
as Wildfire Nears
|GUNLOCK, Utah (AP) -- A small
town in Utah is being evacuated because of an approaching
Flames are about four miles away from Gunlock. With the weather
hot and windy, everyone in the town of about 350 has been told to
leave. The fire has already burned about 40,000 acres in
Meanwhile, firefighters are struggling to surround a 52,000-acre
wildfire in California. It's burning in a wilderness preserve that
includes horse corrals from the 1870s, historic mines and sites
with ancient Indian pictographs.
Firefighters are also battling a 60,000-acre fire in Arizona and
in southern Nevada a pall of smoke has drifted over the Las Vegas
Strip from 19 blazes that have charred nearly 54,000 acres.
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Article Published: Saturday, June
25, 2005 -
Complex Fire racing towards Nevada
KELSO - The 65,200-acre fire sweeping across the Mojave
National Preserve was racing toward Nevada Saturday night as
fire officials worried that a change in the weather could
bring winds gusting up to 45 mph.
More than 930 firefighters battling the Hackberry Complex
Fire were hindered by 90-degree temperatures, 8-percent
humidity, steep, rocky terrain and strong breezes as they
struggled to beat back the fire Saturday, which by nightfall
was 65 percent contained.
"This is definitely the biggest fire ever in the
east Mojave,' said Park Ranger Linda Slater.
A thunderstorm that swept across the preserve on
Wednesday afternoon had started five fires with multiple
lightning strikes, Park Ranger Ruby Newton said.
At first, the fires were isolated. The Hackberry, the
Wild Horse, the Ranch, the Brandt and the Narrows fires all
The Hackberry fire was fully contained Saturday evening,
and crews were mopping up. The Brandt, another isolated
blaze, was mostly contained too, Newton said.
There's not much fire burning at that place now,' she
But the Ranch, the Wild Horse and the Narrows fires have
merged, and were burning steadily Saturday evening in a
blaze called the Hackberry Complex.
Fire officials fear that a cold front, expected to blow
through Saturday night, will change the wind's direction
from north-northeast to southwest.
"The front could bring us winds that gust up to 45
miles per hour,' said Capt. Chris Hoover of the Kern County
Fire Department. "We've had some pretty good breezes,
particularly on the north side. But we haven't had to deal
with those kinds of winds yet.'
Meanwhile, the Paradise Fire was 100 percent contained
Saturday after having charred 3,022 acres near Yucca Valley.
In the Mojave National Preserve, the blazes have burned
five houses, six trailers and several outbuildings, Hoover
said. There were 30 to 40 homes threatened as well.
About a dozen people were evacuated from their homes in
Round Valley, Fourth of July Canyon and Cedar Canyon. Mid
Hills Campground was damaged in the fire as well, Slater
The fire is not expected to reach Interstate 15.
The Mojave National Preserve contains ecological
treasures, and firefighters were mindful particularly of
habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, Hoover said.
Fortunately for the tortoise, the fire is mostly burning
at higher elevations than the hole-dwelling creatures live.
Still, efforts are being made to minimize damage.
"We're trying to use water as much as we can, to
avoid staining things with flame retardant,' he said.
"We're trying to make as little impact as we can.'
Firefighters are also battling to save cultural sites,
such as ranches and mining cabins built in the 1860s.
"There are mine shafts around there that pose
another hazard for the firefighters,' Slater said. "It
would be easy for them to fall in and get hurt.
"We don't want to lose anybody.'
The fire is burning pinyon pine, juniper and sagebrush,
She said that though winter rains had brought spectacular
displays of flowers this spring, they had also fed grasses
that carpeted the desert. Those grasses have dried and are
fueling the fire.
"When we don't have a lot of rain there's nothing to
burn, so a fire jumps from one shrub to the next,' she said.
"Now it's just sweeping across.'
By nightfall, though, fire
officials were encouraged. Cooler temperatures had helped
firefighters considerably. "We're making some
progress,' Slater said. "We're real hopeful."
Article Published: Saturday,
June 25, 2005
Brush fire under control in
Santa Clarita Valley
A brush fire that broke out Saturday in the Santa Clarita
Valley had grown to about 60 acres this afternoon but is
about 65 percent contained.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or
The blaze, which started near Hasley Canyon and Oak
Canyon roads, was reported about 1:30 p.m., said Los
Angeles County supervising fire dispatcher Monica Kennedy.
The area is northeast of Val Verde Park and south of
About 300 firefighters, supported by crews in four
helicopters, were battling the flames, according to ABC7.
No homes were threatened, Kennedy said.
The California Highway Patrol shut down Hasley Canyon
Road in the fire area, where fire officials said the wet
winter resulted in 30 percent more fuel on the hillside
that was dry and ready to burn, according to ABC7.
However, the weather was cooperating with firefighters,
blowing the flames back on themselves, the TV station
"The winds are the key,' Los Angeles County Fire
Inspector Mike McCormick told the TV station. "It's
only 3-5 (mph), maybe, on the winds, out of the southwest,
so the fire is just creeping, which gives us a great
chance to control the fire and keep it under a large
The fire was 65 percent contained, and fire officials
said they expect full containment within hours, ABC7
Earlier Saturday, a brush fire near Diamond Bar
scorched about 10 acres, but there were no injuries and no
structure damage. : City News Service
Wildfire prompts evacuation of Fort Washakie
FORT WASHAKIE - A large wildfire bore down on this town of 250 on the
Wind River Indian Reservation on Sunday, burning a vacant building and
prompting a full evacuation.
No injuries were reported.
The fire was at least five miles long along the banks of the Little
Wind River, according to R.J. Shakespeare, chief medical officer with
the Fort Washakie Fire Department.
"It's right on the inside of town," he said.
The burned building was the former Bureau of Indian Affairs
headquarters for the reservation, which has been vacant for several
years. Other buildings in the BIA compound on the edge of town were
unscathed, but much of the north end of town was shrouded in smoke.
All roads into Fort Washakie were closed, including U.S. 287. The
fire went under the U.S. 287 bridge at the river, according to a
witness, Ernie Over, of Lander.
Ivan Posey, chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, said the flames
were being fueled by thick vegetation in the river bottom and 25-mph
wind gusting to 35 mph.
"There's some old cottonwood trees, so I think some of that is
pretty dry tinder," he said. "There's a lot of brush down
there _ a lot of brush and a lot of dry grass."
The evacuees included residents of Morning Star Manor nursing home,
some of whom were wheeled out and put in ambulances and other vehicles,
according to Over.
Evacuees were being taken in shuttle buses to a Red Cross shelter at
Wind River High School in Ethete, about eight miles east of Fort
Washakie. An ambulance was also standing by at the school.
Fire units responded from all over Fremont County, including Riverton
and Lander, and a command center was set up at the Fort Washakie Fire
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|THE MINING JOURNAL -
Sunday, April 17, 2005 — 12:08:45 AM EST
FLEISCHMANN, Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of
Natural Resources is still warning citizens of
the high fire danger.
"We had two wildfires (Friday) and two more
wildfires (Saturday)," Randy McKenzie, fire
specialist for the DNR at the Chocolay Township
office said Saturday. "The one (Saturday)
was in West Ishpeming and it was caused by a
burning debris pile that was left from three
days ago that just rekindled. That shows you
just how dry it is."
Another wildfire burned about 18 acres of
land Friday just south of Gatesville, near
"The cause at this time is unknown and
it's just been baffling me," said John
Krzycki, fire supervisor at the Detour DNR
office. "There is nothing to indicate that
it was deliberate, there are no roads near it
and there weren't any people. It started in
hardwoods ... and spread to an open field, and I
found the origin but the cause is just a
McKenzie said the overcast sky and threat of
rain on Saturday may give citizens the wrong
"We're concerned that this little
sprinkle from Gwinn to the west will make people
think it's safe, but it's not enough rain. It's
just like a heavy dew that will dry up with a
sunny day and that's what we're expecting for
(today)," McKenzie said. "People need
to be patient and wait for significant rain fall
and we don't expect that to happen until Tuesday
The National Weather Service is calling for a
30 percent change of showers and thunderstorms
Monday night and a 40 percent chance on Tuesday.
McKenzie added that burning permits are not
being issued, statewide, and campfires are not
permitted on state land.
""If people want to have a campfire
on their own property, that's legal, but use
good common sense. Put the fire in a mason or
metal fire circle and don't leave it unattended.
If you do leave a fire, make sure it's dead out
with water," McKenzie said.
For the most part, citizens have respected
the burning ban, Krzycki said.
"They're (citizens) just not
burning," Krzycki said. "I've had to
issue a few warnings but for the many miles I've
traveled lately and for as dry as it's been,
people are being respectful and cautious and
paying attention to the fire danger."
|Article published Sunday, April
Wildfire advisory issued for Ohio until
Ohio is under a wildfire advisory until the state
receives a significant amount of rain, the Ohio Department of Natural
Last week in Michigan, Bedford Township Fire Chief John Bofia imposed a
ban throughout the township on open burning because of the dry
conditions and heightened fire danger that prompted a statewide ban
Wednesday on all public lands.
In Ohio, residents are being urged to be extra cautious because of dry
grass, warm temperatures, low humidity, and high winds.
“A carelessly tossed cigarette or even the smallest unattended fire
can lead to large wildfires, threatening not only fields, forests, and
wildlife, but also people and their homes,” said John Dorka, Ohio DNR
forestry division chief.
The ODNR asked people to postpone any unnecessary burning and limit use
of equipment that gives off sparks, such as cutting torches. Ohio
averages about 1,000 wildfires a year that consume nearly 6,000 acres of
forest and grassland.
Chief Bofia’s order prohibits open burning of debris in the township.
Bedford Township has a burning ordinance that allows local residents to
burn yard debris and other items on weekend days until 6 p.m.
The Toledo area has recorded just over a half-inch of precipitation this
month, compared to the April average of 3.24 inches.
Michigan has had more than 150 wildfires that have burned 610 acres,
Posted on Sun, Apr. 17, 2005
Wildfire erupts, quickly put out
A fire swept over a swampy area where White Bear Township,
Dellwood and Grant meet Friday night, but no one was injured,
The blaze was reported at 9:15 p.m. and put out by 10:05 p.m.,
the Washington County sheriff's office said. The area of the fire
is roughly bounded by Grenelefe Avenue in Grant on the east,
Portland Avenue in White Bear Township on the west, 117th Street
in Grant on the north and a field to the south, said White Bear
Lake Fire Rescue Capt. Paul Peltier.
The cause of the fire was unknown. No one was evacuated and no
houses were damaged.
— Mara H. Gottfried
Fire crews contain rekindled wildfire
By MOLLY MURRAY and CHIP GUY / The News Journal
Sussex County firefighters scrambled Friday afternoon to the scene of
Wednesday's sprawling woods fire to keep the rekindled blaze from
spreading and damaging additional forest.
About 100 firefighters from nine companies responded to help control
the fire's spread.
"When we got there, we went into a wall of smoke," said
Jeff Evans, Millsboro fire chief. "We couldn't see the fire."
On Wednesday, an estimated 300 firefighters from 21 companies helped
contain a larger version of the same woods fire in the rural area south
of Georgetown and west of Millsboro.
Hot spots in the layer of duff - the dried leaves and branches that
make up the floor of a forest - got a boost Friday from dry air and a
strong northeast wind, said state forester Austin Short.
Despite the harsh conditions, fire crews were able to contain the
damage Friday to five to six acres of woods in the Phillips Hill area,
"It's the wind," Evans said, explaining why the fire is so
hard to control and keep from reigniting. "Mother Nature's the only
one that can put this out."
Evans and Short said it would take a soaking rain to put the fire out
down to underground roots. Fire can travel just beneath the ground,
feeding on dry leaves and branches and pockets of oxygen in the duff
layer. It rises to the surface along roots.
The weather forecast for lower Delaware looks clear until Thursday,
when thunderstorms are forecast. The strong winds are expected to
continue through next week.
All this clear, dry weather along with the strong, northeast winds
are part of the problem, as is the layer of dry, decomposing leaves and
branches on the forest floor.
About noon Friday, Millsboro firefighters got a call that the blaze
was again threatening the wooded area on Conaway Road/Sussex 431 between
Phillips Hill and Careys Camp roads.
Wednesday's blaze burned an estimated 168 acres of privately owned
forest, Short said. As many as three property owners may be impacted, he
"That's big for Delaware," he said.
The loblolly pine trees in the area were young, from 5 to 10 years
old, and some will likely survive, Short said. But in areas where the
damage was especially bad, some replanting will be needed.
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Active wildfire season predicted
4/15/2005, 12:43 a.m. PT The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Even with a normal amount of spring
rain, severe drought conditions will extend across most of the
Northwest, creating a lively wildfire season on both sides of
the Cascades, according to a preliminary report prepared by
the federal Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Dead standing timber and logs typically take months to dry out and
require the same amount of time to reclaim moisture, said Mike
Fitzpatrick, the center's predictive services coordinator in Portland.
"When we get rain, it certainly will help," Fitzpatrick
said. "But when we get extended drying like we've had, they tend to
get dry through and through. It takes a considerable amount of time for
them to moisten up."
The 2004 season was a calm one, largely because lightning strikes
were followed by rain and cool weather. While no one knows if this
summer's thunderstorms will be mostly wet or dry, an analysis of climate
data since 1970 indicates a moderate to high probability of one to three
episodes of lightning with no rain, the coordination center said.
Nationally, the fire danger looks to be greatest in Oregon,
Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana because of extremely low
snowpacks in the region, said Janelle Smith, spokeswoman for the
Boise-based National Interagency Fire Center, which dispatches
firefighters and equipment nationwide.
Despite the outlook, federal and state agencies plan to mobilize
roughly the same number of firefighters, planes and engines as last
The state Department of Forestry is preparing for an active wildfire
season, said John Boro, a manager with the agency's fire program.
"I don't necessarily say the sky is falling yet," he said.
"Our obligation is to plan for that above-normal fire season."
Boro has seen some ominous signs. Before recent rains, controlled
burns and small grass fires began to creep away into surrounding brush,
an example of how dry it has been.
Also, crews that burn logging slash and set "prescribed
fires" to clear brush have witnessed "total consumption on
logs and large limbs" this spring, he said.
"It takes more than a week or two of periodic rain to make any
effect on those large fuels," Boro said. "Not that I'm not
enjoying looking out my window seeing it rain some."
Federal agencies will be able to draw on more than $1 billion in fire
suppression funds this year — roughly the same amount as in 2004.
The federal government this summer plans to contract for use of seven
P-3 air tankers, which dump loads of fire retardant. The fleet remains
down from 2002, when the government canceled contracts to lease 33 air
tankers after the National Transportation Safety Board raised safety
The state forestry department will have its normal firefighting
contingent in place, and between 280 and 300 private firefighting crews,
each with 20 members, will be available for hire.
The state Department of Corrections also will provide more than 300
inmates to help battle blazes, and up to 7,400 Oregon National Guard
soldiers and airmen will be available to pitch in if regular
firefighting forces are depleted, Guard spokesman Capt. Mike Braibish
wildfire races across 10 acres
BY Kate Day Sager, The Times Herald
with volunteer companies from Pennsylvania and New York fought a
large wildfire Thursday that burned over 10 acres and a couple of
dozen hardwood trees in the Moody Hollow area south of Route 446
in Eldred Township.
The fire came one day before McKean County Commissioners
officially will issue a ban on burning in the county due to dry
Dave Crowe, chief of the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire
Department, said 50 to 70 firefighters fought the fire from
approximately 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
A few residents also assisted with the fire fight and there were
no injuries reported.
Mr. Crowe said he believed the fire started when an individual was
burning rags in a burn barrel near a drilling rig. He said the
fire spread to the dry ground cover and burned into the woods.
“The conditions are just right now for fires like this if people
are out burning,” Mr. Crowe said. “It’s really dry up in the
He said it is believed the burned property is owned by the Collins
Pine Co. of Kane. It appeared that trees had been cut out of that
area because there were a lot of tree tops on the ground that
caught on fire, he said.
Mr. Crowe said firemen carried Indian water cans up the hill to
fight the fire and chainsaws were used to cut trees and make a
“We had 10 utility trucks up there and they all had water tanks
on them,” Mr. Crowe said.
He said there was no threat to any homes in the area but firemen
staged a hard fight to keep the fire from traveling further up the
hill and going down into another valley known in west Eldred.
Mr. Crowe said a forest fire suppression team from the
Pennsylvania Forestry Department remained at the site after the
volunteer fire departments left to make sure the hot spots were
A dispatcher with the McKean County 911 emergency center said
Pennsylvania fire departments that assisted Eldred Township
included the Smethport, Port Allegany, Eldred Borough, Otto
Township, Rew, Hilltop, Derrick City, Lafayette Township, and
Knapps Creek departments. Fire departments from New York that
assisted were from the Town of Olean, Portville and Weston’s
Mills. The Eldred ambulance department also was on the scene.
Officials with Cameron County issued a ban on burning this week
and Potter County will consider the measure today.
The last ban on burning in McKean County took place in 1999 and
was in effect for 30 days, officials said.
Herald, Olean, N.Y. 2005
|Northwest heads for
heated wildfire season
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Northwest faces what could be one of its worst
wildfire seasons in years, but the military presence in Iraq means that
forestry officials might not be able to call on their states' National
Guard units as much as they'd like.
Wildland fires burned more than 155,000 acres in
2004 across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and this year, a
preliminary outlook shows above-normal fire potential in the region
because of a run of unusually dry weather.
"The Pacific Northwest, including northern
Idaho and western Montana, has pretty serious water and fuel issues, so
the folks in those states are being wise to look at preplanning,"
said Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center
in Boise, Idaho.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer already has asked
the Pentagon to free up some of his state's 1,500 National Guard troops
still on active duty because of the war. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief
of the National Guard Bureau, said he couldn't do that, but he promised
help from other states if Mr. Schweitzer asks for it.
U.S. operations in Iraq have stripped Montana of
its 12 UH-60 Black Hawks, which played critical roles in 2003, when
wildfires in Montana burned more than 736,800 acres.
The Black Hawks in the past were fitted with
600-gallon buckets to drop water on fires, said Maj. Scott Smith, a
Guard spokesman. An option this year could be to use the Guard's four
CH-47 Chinook helicopters, capable of carrying 2,000-gallon buckets --
but first, flight engineers will have to be trained to serve on each
Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski has asked for
an assessment of the National Guard resources that will be available
during the 2005 fire season.
The bulk of Oregon's 8,000-plus National Guard
troops have returned from overseas deployments. Its five Chinook
helicopters have been deployed to Afghanistan, but 12 Black Hawk
helicopters could be readily available, said Capt. Mike Braibish,
spokesman for the Oregon National Guard.
Most of Washington's 8,200 National Guardsmen
will be available. However, the 81st Armor Brigade has been trickling
back from Iraq, and the state's adjutant general has asked that it be
the last deployed to fight fires.
"Our last resort would be to call upon the
services of someone who recently returned from Iraq," said Master
Sgt. Jeff Clayton, a National Guard spokesman at Camp Murray.
Brush fire mushrooms
Major roads in West
Melbourne temporarily closed; no injuries
BY VICTOR THOMPSON
Response. Firefighters set up hoses Friday
afternoon at a brush fire in West Melbourne. Personnel from
several agencies were on hand to battle the 40-acre blaze behind
the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Palm Bay Road. Craig Bailey, FLORIDA
Melbourne brush fire
WEST MELBOURNE - Firefighters from three local agencies battled a
fast-moving fire that hugged Wal-Mart Supercenter's parking lot for more
than two hours Friday.
Initially reported as a quarter-acre blaze in a ranch on the north
side of the store, the fire spread to 40 acres over several hours.
No one was injured, but sections of Eber and Hollywood boulevards
were closed to traffic while Brevard County Fire-Rescue and firefighters
from Melbourne and Palm Bay tried to knock down the flames.
"The problem we're having is the high wind," Brevard
Fire-Rescue spokesman Orlando Dominguez said.
Gusts of up to 30 mph pushed ash and smoke southward over Palm Bay
Road, and kept firefighters rushing to stay ahead.
The smoke showed up as a thin plume on Melbourne's National Weather
Wal-Mart store manager Jeff Milz said customers were allowed to stay
or leave the store during the height of the blaze but did new customers
were not allowed into the parking lot.
The fire spread westward close to the store's north face, where
merchandise deliveries are received.
"Around 2 p.m., somebody had seen some smoke in the parking lot,
and the management team came out," Milz said. "The building at
no time was in any danger."
Personnel got the fire under control by 4 p.m., but hot spots
continued to spew smoke and ash onto Wal-Mart customers.
Jackie Bomba and Rob Rivamonte, who set up a fundraising table with
two young players from the Brevard Lakers' 9-and-under basketball team,
said they decided to brave the smoke.
"We heard about it before we got here, but we're trying to raise
money to go to nationals," Bomba said.
"It's just smoky and ashy, but it's clearing up," Rivamonte
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|Wildfire Prompts Evacuation in Wyoming
Sunday, April 17, 2005
FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. — A large wildfire bore down on
this town of 250 on the Wind River Indian Reservation on Sunday,
burning a vacant building and prompting a full evacuation.
No injuries were reported.
The fire was at least five miles long along the banks of the
Wind River, according to R.J. Shakespeare, chief medical
officer with the Fort Washakie Fire Department.
"It's right on the inside of town," he said.
The burned building was the former Bureau of Indian Affairs
headquarters for the reservation, which has been vacant for
several years. Other buildings in the BIA compound on the edge of
town were unscathed, but much of the north end of town was
shrouded in smoke.
All roads into Fort Washakie were closed, including U.S. 287.
The fire went under the U.S. 287 bridge at the river, according to
a witness, Ernie Over, of Lander.
Ivan Posey, chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, said the
flames were being fueled by thick vegetation in the river bottom
and 25-mph wind gusting to 35 mph.
|Brush fire threatens homes
of smoke, above, could be seen for miles Monday afternoon as a
brush fire burned through a wooded area near Gregory Avenue in
Nassauville. The fire, burned more than 40 acres before it was
extinguished around 5 p.m. No structures were damaged and no
injuries resulted from the fire. Photos by Wilkes Helicopter
Service/For the News-Leader
A brush fire burned more than 40 acres and
threatened nearby homes in Nassauville Monday afternoon before
firefighters brought it under control, thanks in part to breezy weather.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire in a wooded area off
Trash burning is suspected as the cause of the blaze that erupted around
2 p.m., said county fire Chief Chuck Cooper.
He said firefighters were concerned that residents in homes less than 30
feet from the blaze would have to evacuate, but "luckily, Mother
Nature helped out a lot," he said. Winds blew the fire away from
the homes and toward a nearby marsh.
"If (the wind) had taken a more westerly approach, it could have
been a more dangerous situation," he said.
Fernandina Beach resident Carrie Fettig was
visiting a friend on Mobley Heights Road when she saw the pillar of
smoke in the distance.
"I didn't think much of it," she said. "I figured someone
was clearing some land out there."
Twenty-one firefighters from Nassau County Fire-Rescue, the Nassauville
Volunteer Fire Department, the Yulee Fire Department and the Florida
Division of Forestry worked for three hours to extinguish the fire.
By the time it was out, Cooper estimates the fire burned 45 acres.
Cooper said the drought severity index in Nassau County is currently
low, but other conditions make burning potentially dangerous.
"A lot of debris is still around from the
hurricanes, and it's been dried by the sun ... and the winds we've been
having lately have been moving fast," he said.
According to Jean Bowen of the Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Division of Forestry, the burning of garbage is not
legal. Burning of yard waste is legal with certain restrictions.
Questions regarding authorization for burning can be directed to the
Division of Forestry's Bryceville office at (904) 266-5001.
Restrictions for burning yard waste
Yard waste is defined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Division of Forestry as vegetative matter resulting
from landscaping and yard maintenance. Examples include shrub trimmings,
grass clippings, trees and tree stumps.
Authorization is not required to burn yard trash, as long as the
following conditions are met:
-- The burning does not create a nuisance or health hazard.
-- The burning takes place at least 100 feet from any occupied building
other than that owned or leased by the person doing the burning and 50
feet from any residence on the property where the burning is being done,
50 feet from any public highway or road and 25 feet from any woodland,
forest or brush.
-- The fire must be attended at all times.
-- Adequate fire fighting equipment must be available at all times.
-- Moisture content and composition shall be favorable to burning.
-- The burning must take place in a non-combustible
container or a pit in the ground, and it must be covered by a metal
grill or mesh.
-- Burning is to be done in daylight hours.
Story created Apr 20, 2005 - 15:42:16 PDT.
Flee Wisconsin Forest Fire
Friday, May 06, 2005
BIG FLATS, Wis. — A blaze that started as a
brush fire burned at least 20 buildings -- and maybe as many as 50
-- and forced dozens to flee as it spread over almost 4,000 acres
in central Wisconsin state Natural Resources Secretary Scott
Hassett said Friday.
Authorities had no reports of major injuries from the fire,
which broke out Thursday afternoon in Big Flats (just north of the
Adams-Friendship area. Nearly 100 people fled a 100-square-mile
area, and the destroyed properties included summer cabins,
year-round homes and trailers, Hassett said.
The blaze was not deliberately set, Hassett said, but he did
not reveal the cause. Firefighters contained it overnight.
"This is the biggest pine forest fire in about 20
years," said Hassett, who did not immediately have an
estimate of the damage.
Jackie Jones, 44, believes the fire destroyed her house
because she had to drive through a "rolling ball of
fire" just to escape. She said at one point, ashes falling
from the sky looked like snow.
"God bless us, we're here. We lost probably
everything," she said.
Gov. Jim Doyle, who surveyed the damage by helicopter
Friday, said he saw many houses still standing. He later met with
families evacuated from the area, near where a tornado killed two
people and destroyed homes in 1994.
|Posted on Fri, May. 06, 2005
Wisconsin forest fire destroys 15 homes
BIG FLATS, Wis.A fast-moving forest fire destroyed 30 homes
and forced dozens to flee as it spread to almost 4,000 acres
before being contained overnight, officials said Friday.
No major injuries were reported.
The wind-whipped fire - described as the largest wildfire
in Wisconsin in 25 years - swept across nearly 3,900 acres,
destroying 30 permanent and seasonal homes, at least 30
camper trailers and about 60 sheds or similar structures,
Big Flats Fire Chief Dick Meyers said. About 125 families
were evacuated, and about two dozen spent the night at an
The total loss will be in the millions of dollars, said
David Weitz, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural
More than 200 homes and businesses lost electricity as
the flames consumed utility poles, damaged transformers and
burned at least 25 miles of power lines.
The blaze in rural Adams County began Thursday when a
landowner started a small fire to clear grass before
building a campfire, said Steve Courtney, a Natural
Resources incident commander.
Along with the homes, the fire destroyed camper-trailers
and other outbuildings, Fire Chief Dick Meyers said. Gov.
Jim Doyle, who surveyed the damage by helicopter, said he
saw many houses still standing.
Jackie Jones, 44, said she had to drive through a
"rolling ball of fire" to escape and saw ashes
falling from the sky like snow.
"God bless us, we're here. We lost probably
everything," she said.
Some people reported seeing flames shooting 120 feet into
the air, said Trent Marty, head of the state's forest
After his helicopter tour, the governor met with families
evacuated from the area, near where a tornado killed two
people and destroyed homes in 1994.
"They are all very anxious right now to get back in
there and see what happened," he said.
Jeanne Surlaski, 53, wiped away tears after learning
Friday that her house had been spared, as it was during the
tornado 11 years ago. "I was lucky again," she
Firefighters Gain Against Southern California Wildfires
The worst danger from California's first major wildfires
of the season seemed to have subsided Friday, but officials
said the blazes should serve as a reminder of what's to come
in the region, where heavy winter rains spawned enormous
"We're in for a hot, dangerous year,"
California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said as he
toured burned out homes.
Winds that had spread the largest fire eased, allowing
firefighters to get the Morongo Valley blaze about 50
percent contained. The 3,022-acre fire began Wednesday and
destroyed six homes and one other structure in the San
Bernardino County desert community of Morongo Valley. Full
containment was expected by 8 a.m. Saturday.
"It's laid down a lot. It's just burning in on
itself," said Malinda Feistner, a spokeswoman for the
San Bernardino County Fire Department-California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection.
More than 1,000 firefighters were fighting flames and
patrolling the edges of the blaze. They had about seven
miles of fireline to cut to encircle the fire, Feisner said.
One firefighter suffered a knee injury.
Another fire, about 35 miles away in the San Jacinto area
of Riverside County, remained at 2,080 acres and was 60
percent contained. No homes were in the vicinity.
A stiff breeze was blowing the fire back on itself, said
Mike Mohler of the Riverside County Fire Department-CDF.
More than 900 firefighters were cutting a fire line and
patrolling the hilly canyon country. One firefighter was
pulled from the line after twisting a knee and another was
removed because of abdominal pain that may have been cramps
from heat exhaustion, Mohler said.
In the Mojave Desert community of Morongo Valley, 100
miles east of Los Angeles, those who fled wind-driven flames
a day earlier recounted their ordeals.
Kim Haro, 52, said that when she learned of the fire she
immediately thought of the nearly 30 horses penned on her
After shuttering her cabinet shop, she rushed home and
found a chaotic scene.
Spooked by the flames, her horses were charging across
her property and down roads as friends and neighbors tried
to round them up.
"It was six, seven feet of flame and you couldn't
see through the smoke," said Haro.
She and her husband, Dan, took a ring that belonged to
his mother, their horse registration papers and a box of
pictures as they fled.
By morning, Haro learned that all the horses had
"They're all OK, except for a few singe marks and
burned tails," she said.
Not so for he goats, which perished inside a pen. Her
property was also heavily damaged.
Though flames spared the main house, they gutted a rental
cabin, trailer and some stables.
Across the street from the Haros, neighbor Lisa
Trowbridge said she realized the danger when she smelled
smoke and saw ashes falling from the sky.
She, her four daughters and niece, packed up dogs, cats,
chickens, family photos and fled.
"Nothing else mattered at that point,"
Her husband, Hap, said he was helping the Haros hose down
their property when a juniper tree burst into flames and a
fireball exploded toward him.
"I was running, a full-bore run. The flames were
racing right behind me," he said.
He said he watered trees on both properties through the
night, all the while making sure he had an escape route.
"The flames, the smoke, the wind - all three things
hit you and you know that you're it. There's nobody else to
save you. It was a very scary feeling. And I don't scare
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Town in danger as 19 wildfires blaze
across seven states
A WILDFIRE that quadrupled in size within a few hours was yesterday
threatening to engulf a small town in Utah.
The blaze grew from 2,000 to 8,000 acres in less than 12 hours and
was about three miles from New Harmony, according to fire officers.
It was one of 19 separate fires covering about 500,000 acres across
seven American states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada,
New Mexico and Utah. Many were started by lightning strikes.
In Utah, fires forced the closure of the main road between Salt
Lake City and Las Vegas.
As the flames crept ever closer to New Harmony, Lea Twitchell and
her family were preparing for the possibility of having to flee from
their home. However, Mrs Twitchell's thoughts were with her son, Luke,
a first-year firefighter tackling a blaze in southern Utah.
"He just started on that crew, and I'm a little nervous
because we haven't heard from him," she said.
The flames were nearing the a ridge visible from their house and
the family have been told to leave if it reached the top.
"At church today, the bishop told us all to go home and get
our valuables together, just in case," Mrs Twitchell said.
EVACUATED! Wildfires push out New Harmony area
residents - UTAH
New Harmony was evacuated Monday evening at about 7 p.m. as the Blue
Springs Fire engulfed the mountains south of town and made a run toward
Although several homes were still threatened, fire officials
confirmed at 11:10 p.m. that no houses had been lost to the fire.
Fire crews from cities and towns throughout Iron and Washington
counties were stationed near the structures to fight the oncoming blaze
Monday night. Those residents who had not yet evacuated loaded cars and
flatbed trailers with personal belongings while others placed sprinklers
around their homes to help ward off the flames.
Ryan Riddle, acting fire management officer for the Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said structure protection crews were
briefly pulled out of the Harmony Heights area late Monday night for
safety reasons because of the massive amount of smoke pouring into the
valley. Iron and Washington county sheriff's deputies were on hand to
evacuate any remaining residents if the threat became imminent. An
evacuation center was in place at Canyon View Middle School in Cedar
Residents were notified of the evacuation order Monday during a 7
p.m. meeting at the New Harmony Fire Station. John Smith, of the
Mountain Springs subdivision near I-15 exit 40, said it was hard to know
what to take as his family fled.
They planned to take their dogs, cats and bunnies, but they had to
leave some livestock behind.
Jody MacLee and her husband, Stewart, also of Mountain Springs, spent
the day packing up items they said cannot be replaced, such as photos
Stewart was not very concerned about the fire as of 8 p.m. Monday.
"My husband is staying; I'm leaving," Jody said. "It
looks likes it's past us, but fire is unpredictable. You definitely
don't mess with Mother Nature." The MacLees also documented
everything in their home with a video camera for insurance purposes.
Other residents used digital cameras for the same reason.
Interstate 15, which was closed twice during the weekend because of
the Blue Springs Fire, remained open Monday night. The fire has burned
about 10,000 acres since lightning ignited it Saturday afternoon in the
Dixie National Forest west of I-15, exit 27 at Anderson Junction. From
the interstate Monday night, much of the mountain south of New Harmony
appeared to be on fire.
Meanwhile, the Halfway Fire - which has burned more than 100,000
acres in Nevada - was nearing the Utah border west of Motoqua. The fire
was actively burning, but was still several miles from Motoqua, said
David Boyd, a fire information officer, Monday afternoon.
Fire engines from the Westside Complex Fire were reassigned for
structure protection in Motoqua, which was on a one-hour evacuation
alert Monday night. The Westside Complex Fire, which prompted an
evacuation alert for Gunlock on Saturday, had burned more than 68,000
acres by Monday but, was expected to be contained by Tuesday evening.
The hot, dry and windy conditions prompted a Red Flag Warning from
the National Weather Service for much of the state of Utah. Dry
lightning storms also were forecast for Monday night, causing concern
among fire officials.
Large amounts of cheat grass and other vegetation has created
abundant fuel for wildfires. Fire officials warn that even a small spark
could set fire to the dry fuels.
Craig Harding, St. George Police Department spokesman, asked
residents to use caution with lit cigarettes and other objects that
might start fires.
There also have been many occurrences of illegal burning in the area,
Harding said. The burn season is limited to four months during the year:
March, April, September and October.
Though no burning is currently allowed, many residents still think
they have the right to burn weeds or garbage on their own property.
"You can't burn; period," Harding said.
Originally published June 28, 2005
rage in Arizona
Thursday, June 30, 2005 (Phoenix):
A blaze in rugged central Arizona had grown to 152,000 acres
Wednesday and concern shifted to three communities surrounded by pine
forest that could find themselves in harm's way.
The fire was burning about 20 miles southwest of the mountain
communities of Pine and Strawberry, and 12 miles from the point when
evacuations may be necessary.
It was as close as six miles to Black Canyon City, a community of
4,500 about 45 miles north of Phoenix, but wasn't considered an
imminent threat to structures there.
The lightning-sparked blaze was about 20 percent contained, fire
Authorities said if the fire crosses the Verde River, it could race
into Pine and Strawberry, site of numerous vacation homes.
The National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday there were 22
active large fires burning across more than 905,000 acres in Alaska,
Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. (AP)
Jul 1, 2005 5:41 pm
Desert Tortoise Threatened By Southwest Wildfires
Wildfires burning in the Southwest are
threatening federally protected desert tortoises, further stressing a
species that already has lost much of its population to drought.
At least two of the animals died this week and more could turn up as
biologists search the charred landscape.
“I think these fires are going to put a lot of pressure on local
populations and we’re going to be faced with some challenges,”
said Roy Averill-Murray, desert tortoise recovery coordinator for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The tortoise, which was placed on the federal threatened species list
25 years ago, roams across millions of acres in Arizona, California,
Nevada and Utah and is considered an indicator of the health of the
desert environment. Tortoise deaths have been linked to invasions of
noxious weeds, drought, loss of desert land to development and
predation by other animals.
A government report three years ago said it was difficult to come up
with an accurate number of living tortoises, mainly because the
habitat stretches across a four-state area. That also makes it
difficult to know if the $100 million plus spent by the government to
help the species make a comeback was working.
But wildfires are definitely not helping.
In Nevada, firefighters on Friday said huge blazes burning in a
vast area inhabited by desert tortoise and bighorn sheep were about
Among the many fires that burned tens of thousands of acres in
southwestern Utah in the last week was one that burned in the middle
of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
The 61,000-acre preserve in the southwestern corner of the state with
scenic red rock cliffs and lava flows provides prime habitat for about
1,700 Mojave Desert tortoises, officials for the private reserve
estimated. Just three years ago, before drought took its hold on the
state, there were an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 tortoises on the
The extent the 3,000-acre reserve fire will be difficult to measure.
Biologists will scour the area, looking for survivors or remains.
Bekee Megown, a fire biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, said Friday two turtles were known to have died in the fire,
but at least three survivors had been found.
“That’s very encouraging,” she said.
Animals that burrowed deep enough into the ground were probably safe
from the fire, but tortoises in shallow burrows or out in the open had
little chance of survival.
“The problem is when these big fires start they burn throughout the
day,” said Bill Mader, administrator of the Red Cliffs Reserve.
“They burn real quickly and so if the tortoise is caught in that
Nonnative species such as cheatgrass, which spreads easily when
seeds are blown by passing cars, have been overtaking areas in the
West. The plants provide little nutrition for animals and grow
rapidly, making for wide patches of quick-burning wildfire fuel.
Southwest Utah had an unusually wet spring and late snow melt,
providing plenty of fuel as vegetation dried out in 90-degree June
temperatures. The fires were usually started by lightning strikes.
“Lightning has been striking the Mojave Desert for longer than the
tortoise has been there. The new factors are the grasses that
lightning has sparked,” Averill-Murray said.
U.S. Forest Service fire spokesman David Olson, who got a firsthand
look at the damage at the reserve Thursday, said the fire burned thick
swaths of tall cheatgrass in places on the reserve, but the persistent
vegetation left plenty of seeds behind.
“On the ground, dirt level there was very thick concentration of
seeds,” Olson said. “If you were looking at reseeding your lawn or
reseeding an area, you would be saying this is excellent.
Unfortunately, this is the worst.”
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|Posted on Sat, Jul. 02, 2005
Firefighters struggle with wildfires
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
- Firefighters used a combination of air power and
intentional fires on Friday to try to block the progress of a
mammoth wildfire that has been creeping toward a central Arizona
Crews used heavy air tankers to drop retardant to reinforce
previously created fire lines, some gouged in the ground by
bulldozers. They then set fires inside the lines to burn
vegetation in the path of the nearly 200,000-acre fire.
"We're trying to let the fire meet us on our terms, not
on the fire's terms," said John Bear, a spokesman for the
The fire has moved out of mountain terrain and into flatter
country east of Black Canyon City.
, a community of 4,500 north of Phoenix. It was burning
about three miles east of the town Friday.
Precautionary evacuations were advised for two ranches in
the Black Canyon City area late Thursday because of smoke but
officials said the residents didn't leave. No large-scale
evacuations were planned.
The blaze began as two lightning-sparked fires on June 21
near Cave Creek; within days it had forced the evacuations of some
250 homes northeast of Phoenix. Eleven homes and three storage
sheds were destroyed in that area before the fire moved on.
The National Interagency Fire Center said Friday that 23
active large fires were burning across nearly 1 million acres in
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
In Nevada, firefighters stopped wildfires short of a
railroad town in the southern part of the state and said huge
blazes burning in a vast area inhabited by federally protected
desert tortoises were about half contained.
At least two of the animals died this week and more could
turn up as biologists search the charred landscape.
"I think these fires are going to put a lot of pressure
on local populations and we're going to be faced with some
challenges," said Roy Averill-Murray, desert tortoise
recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Associated Press Writers Amanda Keim in Black Canyon City
and Doug Alden in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.
California fire contained
PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have been able to contain a
blaze near Palmdale, California -- but not without some anxious moments.
The fire crept close to several homes before crews got the upper
hand. It had grown to about 12-hundred acres -- with the help of winds
of 15 to 20 miles an hour.
No evacuations were ordered in the community about 60 miles north
of Los Angeles.
Firefighters are still at work on a blaze in the San Bernardino
National Forest. The 100-acre fire forced the evacuation of 12-hundred
children from campgrounds yesterday.
In southern Nevada, firefighters are concentrating on one
remaining blaze as they wrap up a two-week effort to stop wildfires
sparked by lightning.
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| Thursday, July 7, 2005
Wildfires in Oregon help speed demise of the
Population is at all-time low in central part
BEND, Ore. -- The spotted owl population is at an all-time low in
central Oregon after several summers of intense wildfires across the
The fires of the last few years, such as the B&B Fire of 2003
and the Eyerly Fire of 2002, obliterated at least 19 nests from Sisters
to Crescent, leaving public land managers and wildlife officials to
juggle wildfire risk with spotted owl habitat protection.
The threatened owls, protected under the Endangered Species Act,
thrive in areas that wildfire managers consider the highest risk.
Crowded tree stands with dead snags, thick clusters and multiple
layers of vegetation are ideal both for owls and for fueling major
fires, said Laurie Turner, biologist for the Deschutes National Forest.
"The remaining owl habitat we have is very valuable, and so
we have to leave some of those places, even with their wildfire
risk," Phil Cruz, district ranger of the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger
District. "We're doing everything we can to protect and armor those
Thinning and logging projects are being done around -- but not in
-- spotted owl habitat, to safeguard the species.
Also, when officials plan a timber sale, they must survey the area
for owl nests before logging, in compliance with the Endangered Species
Act and the Northwest Forest Plan.
And when they plan to restore burned areas that were once full of
old-growth trees and home to spotted owls, they must try to achieve that
same quality of forest, even though it could take 200 years, said Jim
Stone, a habitat specialist from the Crescent Ranger District.
Spotted owls have declined for at least 15 years, said Eric
Forsman, a biologist with the Pacific Northwest Research station in
Most spotted owl habitat exists west of the Cascades in old-growth
fir stands. But owls also appear to thrive on the dry side of the
mountains, Forsman said.
The owls have hatched more young in east side forests than in west
side ones, according to a recent study Forsman worked on. That study
compared reproduction rates between the Wenatchee National Forest in
Central Washington and the Olympic Peninsula.
The results showed owls on the east side hatched an average of
slightly more than one baby owl per year; owls on the west side hatched
less than one baby owl per year.
Contained, But Omak Fire Up To 3,800 Acres
By KOMO Staff & News Services
- Two of Washington state's three wildfires were reported contained
Thursday while the third, near Omak, nearly doubled - to 3,800 acres,
fire officials said.
The Omak-area blaze, mostly burning on Colville Indian reservation
land, covered just 2,000 acres Wednesday. About 380 firefighters were
working that blaze, and had it 50 percent contained by Thursday
afternoon, said Marc Hollen at the Northwest Interagency Incident
Coordination Center in Portland, Ore.
A 530-acre fire burning grass, sagebrush and timber near Winthrop
was declared 100 percent contained Thursday, Hollen said. About 60 of
the 300 firefighters who worked that blaze had been sent home, and more
were to be let go over the next 24 hours, Hollen said.
A fire on the northwest corner of the Hanford nuclear reservation
charred 5,000 acres of grass and sagebrush before it was contained
Wednesday evening, Hollen said. Some of the 31 firefighters had been
sent home from that fire at the Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
No injuries were reported in the fires, and the causes were
| Wildfires Burn Across So Cal
PALMDALE — A
wind-whipped brush fire crept close to several homes Wednesday before
crews got the upper hand, one of a handful of blazes around Southern
California, officials said
Fanned by 15 to 20 mph wind, the fire near
the desert town of Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, grew
to 1,200 acres Wednesday before it was contained by a force of hundreds
of firefighters, Los Angeles County fire officials said.
No evacuations were ordered but a handful of homes were threatened
for a time.
"Luckily, the homeowners did outstanding brush clearing and
no homes were lost," spokesman Mike McCormick told ABC7 Eyewitness
The cause was still under investigation, but McCormick said it
seemed to have started near power lines.
In the San Bernardino National Forest, a 100-acre fire forced the
evacuation of 1,200 children, some dressed only in swim suits and
towels, from campgrounds on Tuesday, officials said.
No injuries were reported and the cause was under investigation.
The blaze was 40 percent contained Wednesday.
In southern Nevada, a two-week battle to stop lightning-sparked
wildfires neared an end as firefighters concentrated on one remaining
blaze in an uninhabited area.
Meanwhile, a 1,000-acre brush fire caused by fireworks that
broke out in Yorba Linda and spread into San Bernardino County was 25
percent contained and could be brought under control Thursday,
authorities said. The blaze was reported shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday
and quickly veered away from some 250 homes and spread into Chino Hills
State Park, after growing more rapidly than firefighters anticipated,
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Stephen Miller said.
Winds today nudged the fire a little toward Brea, but "I
don't think we're anticipating it getting there," said Battalion
Chief Doug Lannon of the California Department of Forestry and Fire
"We're anticipating full containment about 8 p.m.
tomorrow," Lannon said. Investigators said the blaze was started by
"dangerous" fireworks. investigators "must have found
some remnants" but Lannon said he didn't know what exactly was
Authorities continued looking for three boys seen running away
soon after the fire broke out. All the boys were wearing T-shirts; two
were in shorts and one was wearing blue jeans, Miller said.
"We want to interview them," Miller said.
The fire is burning in an area rich with wildlife, including many
rattlesnakes and beehives, which are causing firefighters to have to be
wary, Lannon said.
The fire continues to burn away from Yorba Linda, but hot spots
remain there, Lannon said.
Anyone with information about the fire was asked to call an
anonymous tip line at (800) 540-8282.
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| Colorado watches wildfires fearfully
WETMORE, Colo. -- Jerome Weigel had a
restless night looking out his bedroom window at flames over a ridge
near his 240-acre ranch.
"I was up a 1 o'clock looking, 3 o'clock looking, and then the damn
alarm went off," said Weigel, 75, as he watched the 2,000-acre
Mason Fire from his front yard Saturday with friends from the tight-knit
"When one has a problem we all have a problem. That's just the way
this community is," said Ruth Sparr, 69.
Fire crews were stationed throughout the Greenwood community 25 miles
west of Pueblo, about 100 miles south of Denver. About 50 homeowners had
been told to leave.
More crowning and torching was expected
as temperatures rose in the afternoon, said fire behavior specialist Bob
Irvine. Temperatures in the 90s and humidity of about 12 percent
helped fan the flames as a high pressure system blocked the monsoon
rains that often fall in July. By midday officials estimated 1 percent
of the fire was contained.
About 400 people were fighting the fire, aided by 30 engine tankers,
three type I air tankers, four single-engine air tankers and three
"As you drive through you think what could be burning? It looks
pretty green. The fuels have not recovered from the drought. What you
are seeing is what can happen," said fire incident commander Marc
"One year of good moisture cannot overcome a long-term drought. The
fuel moistures are still extremely low," said Irvine, who said they
were close to the moisture levels seen in the disastrous wildfire year
Meanwhile, the fire also had entered Pueblo County, where about 40
houses were put on alert and told to make preparations in case they
needed to be evacuated.
Bill Mauger, 73, of nearby Beulah, and his wife, Dee, 71, watched the
fire climbing ridgelines. "We could see the trees explode,"
said Bill Mauger, who was snapping photos of the fire. "You could
hear crackling and smoke come off the trees. It was like a bomb going
The Maugers said they could relate to the Greenwood homeowners because
they were on alert to evacuate during the 2002 Hayman fire.
"When you live by the pines and see this, you think it can
happen to you," said Bill Mauger.
Dee Mauger said she was worried the wind would shift and send the fire
towards Beulah. "It can easily come over any ride in any direction.
A fire is the worst thing that can happen to this community," she
Three other large wildfires are burning across the state, but officials
are treating them as prescribed fires. More than a thousand acres in Rio
Blanco County, 800 in Naturita Ridge, near the San Migel and Montrose
County lines, and 250 acres in Pack Trial near Meeker, Colo. are being
watched closely by fire officials.
"A wildfire use fire is like a prescribed fire started by Mother
Nature," said Jen Chase, fire information officer for the Rocky
Mountain Area Coordination Center.
Fire fighters won't actively suppress the fires unless they cross
certain boundaries set by officials before the fire season began.
Associated Press Writer Kim Nguyen in Wetmore contributed to this
Unusual number of wildfires scorch Alaska coast
Fri Jul 8, 2005 8:43 PM BST
ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Rising temperatures in Alaska have sparked
an unusual number of storms along the state's south-central coast this
summer, officials say, and the multitude of lightning strikes and
resulting fires have burned more than 1 million acres .
In recent weeks, there have been thunderstorms nearly every day
along the normally temperate south-central coastline, Sharon Alden,
manager of Alaska's fire weather program, said in an interview this
So far this summer, there have been 13 lightning-sparked fires on
the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, according to state reports.
That compares with 12 lightning-sparked fires in the region between 1993
"I believe there is global warming, but what we're talking
about isn't global warming. We're talking about regional warming,"
John See, a regional manager with the Alaska Division of Forestry,
said there was increasing concern that the stormy weather and wildfires
could indicate climate conditions have changed.
"It's certainly a change in the 25 years I've been in my
position," See said. "If we see a continuation next year,
certainly we're going to be concerned that it's a pattern."
In the coastal areas south of Anchorage, there is a concentration
of dry, flammable timber left by a massive spruce-bark beetle
infestation that "offers a real big resistance to suppressing
fires," See said.
The region is also more heavily populated than hot and dry
interior Alaska, where lightning-sparked fires are common, but often
left to burn out on their own.
To cope with the extra workload, See said the state has
transferred some firefighters from the northern region and called in
reinforcements from outside the state.
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Of Wildfires Rage In Portugal
Publicado - Published:
LISBON, July 13.-
Hundreds of firefighters were Tuesday battling dozens of wildfires in
drought-stricken Portugal, news reports said.
More than 20 fires were active near Oporto alone. In the region of
Gouveia, flames entered the Serra da Estrela nature park, where
firefighters were hampered by difficult access.
Several people were reported injured in fires over the past few days. In
2003, Portugal´s worst recorded wildfires devastated 425,000 hectares
Wildfires were also plaguing neighbouring Spain, where seven fires raged
near Orense in northwestern Galicia. Police suspected arson in many
|Thursday, July 14, 2005
50 N.H. firefighters head to Quebec to help fight wildfires
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Close to 50 firefighters from New Hampshire
headed to Valdor, Quebec, on Wednesday for two weeks to help fight
wildfires in the northern part of the Canadian province.
A crew of 21 state forest fire rangers and 25 members of local New
Hampshire fire departments planned to join Maine and New York
firefighters under the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact in
the effort to control about 40 wildfires in Quebec.
Colombian volcano spews fire
Thursday, November 24, 2005
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- The Galeras
volcano in southeastern Colombia shot fire early on Thursday in a small
eruption, prompting the government to step up evacuations of about 9,000
people living nearby.
"There was an eruption," said government volcano expert
"People saw a sudden blaze from the volcano that was stronger
than recent activity we saw in August and September."
People around the town of Pasto were urged to leave as pressure in
the volcano grows.
Evacuations started last week in Narino province when scientists
first warned an eruption was possible. Some residents said they were
reluctant to abandon their farms and livestock.
Galeras had a small gas and ash eruption a year ago that started
forest fires but
caused no injuries. An eruption of the volcano in 1993 killed at least
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Fires at mission were arson, investigator says
By MARK AGEE
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
ARLINGTON — The two fires that burned a Mission Arlington warehouse
were set intentionally, a fire investigator said Tuesday.
No suspect has been identified in the Sunday and Monday blazes at
Mission Arlington’s headquarters, 305 S. Oak St., fire investigator
Keith Ebel said. The fires were about 12 hours apart.
There was no evidence of an accelerant used, but Ebel said he was
able to rule out all accidental causes.
"We’re in the beginning stages of the investigation," he
said. "We’re still interviewing witnesses and trying to figure
out who saw what."
Both fires were in the same building; the first was downstairs and
the second upstairs. Most of the damage was to the building’s
contents, with fairly minor damage to the structure, Ebel said.
Mission Arlington provides a day shelter, food, clothing and job
assistance to the poor, among other services. Executive director Tillie
Burgin said she did not know who might want to do the organization harm.
"It’s always upsetting when people want to do wrong,"
Burgin said. "But the outpouring of public support has been
By mid-day Tuesday, mounds of donations were piling up under a tent
near the scene of the fire. A line of cars packing trunks of clothes,
sundries and toys backed up into the street as volunteers worked
feverishly to unload them.
"Look at this," Burgin said, pointing to all the activity.
"Based on the donations we’ve received yesterday and today, I
want people to know that we are up and running."
Also online: Mission Arlington, www.missionarlington.org
|100 homes razed by fires in Africa
Winds drive devastation
December 27, 2005
By Fouzia Van Der Fort and Sipokazi Maposa
More than 100 homes were destroyed, many hectares of vegetation
burnt, and a retirement home and a caravan park evacuated during
raging fires across the Peninsula over the Christmas weekend.
Nearly 400 people were left homeless after three fires in
Khayelitsha destroyed more than 150 shacks yesterday. A fire had
broken out in the area on Christmas Day.
On Christmas Eve six upmarket houses were damaged beyond repair in
a fire on the mountain above Camps Bay.
The city's Human Settlement Services registered more than 300
destitute residents at the Blue Hall in Khayelitsha.
Wilfred Solomons, spokesman for Disaster Risk Management, said the
service was expecting more people to register when they returned
from holiday to find their homes destroyed.
High temperatures and a strong south-easterly provided conditions
conducive to runaway fires, and a number of veld fires raged
across the Peninsula at the weekend.
By late yesterday some had been burning for more than three days,
while at others, hotspots were being monitored to prevent
Firefighters and Cape Nature Conservation staff brought a fire in
the Big Bay and Blouberg areas under control last night. It had
been raging for three days.
The fire resulted in the closure of the R27, the busy West Coast
road, where dense smoke had made conditions hazardous.
Residents of the Sea Park Home for the Elderly and a nearby
caravan park were evacuated late on Christmas Day.
Four helicopters water-bombed the area and 22 fire engines battled
to contain the blaze.
In Camps Bay, six houses were damaged beyond repair and several
others were less severely damaged when a blaze swept across the
western flank of Table Mountain.
City of Cape Town firefighters, Working on Fire staff as
well as Table Mountain National Park staff and volunteers
responded to the emergency call just after 9am on
The fire spread rapidly in the wind, and Camps Bay Drive was
closed to motorists.
Close to 250 firemen, 30 fire engines, three helicopters and
volunteers fought to contain the fire, which they accomplished at
about 3am on Sunday. The damaged homes were in Medburn Road, Hely
Hutchinson Avenue, Prima Avenue and Trek Road.
A fireman was slightly injured when a falling tree branch struck
his arm on Saturday. He was taken to hospital but released shortly
Piet Smith, chief fire officer for the City of Cape Town, said
winds had rekindled fires at hotspots on the mountain.
Late yesterday, Table Mountain National Park staff were still
monitoring the area for any flare-ups.
On Saturday, the lower cable station was closed and staff and
visitors evacuated to Kloof Nek as flames swept to within 100m of
the buildings. The cableway was not running at the time because of
Cableway chief John Harrison said it had taken an hour to get
everyone and their vehicles away. After safety checks, the
cableway was reopened yesterday.
Franceline Bosch, provincial co-ordinator for Working on Fire,
said the organisation had attended to seven other weekend fires in
the Western Cape Province - in Franschhoek, George, Bredasdorp,
Piketberg and Ocean View - but all had been contained yesterday.
Carlton Sillis, forecaster at the Cape Town Weather Office, said
the wind was expected to reach up to 50km/h later today, and it
would be much the same tomorrow.
By Thursday it will begin moderating from the north, but will
still be strong over the South Peninsula.
By late Friday it should be a moderate 25km/h, but Cape Point will
remain windy, with a strong wind from the east/south-east.
On Saturday the wind is expected to pick up again to 50km/h. But
the wind will moderate the temperature, which is expected to reach
29¼C on Thursday and 32¼C on Friday.
Grass Fires Char Eastern And Central Oklahoma
Grass fires driven by gusty winds have destroyed structures in
Oklahoma, Rogers and Tulsa counties.
Firefighters from Berryhill, Sand Springs and Tulsa were busy
Tuesday afternoon fighting a major blaze southwest of Tulsa
near 51st Street South and 63rd West Avenue. The fire
destroyed several buildings.
Rogers County firefighters were busy as well, fighting several
fires near Talala and south of Oologah. At one point, US
highway 169 was shut down because of smoke across the highway.
Several structures have burned there as well.
Fires are also burning in Mustang in central Oklahoma. Fire
officials says high winds and dry vegetation are fueling the
Officials say several people have been injured in the Mustang
A Red Flag fire alert remains in effect for the entire state.
Fire officials say with the warm temperatures, low humidity
and the wind, the danger of grass fires continues.
Wind-driven grass fires char parts of
KENNEDALE, Texas (AP) — Dozens of grass fires burned across an
unusually warm and windy Texas on Tuesday, destroying homes,
forcing evacuations, and prompting Gov. Rick Perry to deploy
state firefighters and issue a disaster declaration.
Perry's office said 73 fires were burning around
the state as of Monday, mostly in North and Central Texas. His office
didn't have an updated number Tuesday because the situation is "in
flux." There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but
one state official said the outbreak was the state's worst in nearly a
decade. (Related video: Texas
"To better ensure our ability to immediately
respond to these fast-moving fires, I have ordered the deployment of
Texas Army National Guard assets and requested assistance from the U.S.
Forest Service," Perry said in a statement.
One of the largest fires was in Kennedale, a
bedroom community of about 6,100 people south of Fort Worth. Large
plumes of white smoke rose above the town, where television footage
showed homes damaged, and residents spraying hoses and dumping buckets
of water on the flames.
Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. Kent Worley said
the department was helping battle the blaze in Kennedale, which jumped
U.S. Highway 287 and prompted officials to temporarily shut it down.
In nearby Arlington, fire threatened new housing
developments and apartment complexes, and sent smoke pouring over a wide
Three Arlington firefighters were hospitalized
with smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, said Battalion Chief David
Stapp, who declared one of the fires contained.
"The smoke has just made the whole place out
here just brown," said Kelli McKandless, a pro shop assistant with
the Tierra Verde Golf Course in Arlington. "We're just watching it
like anybody else is."
Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver
said the wildfires were the state's worst since February 1996, when 141
structures and 16,000 acres were destroyed around Poolville, about 40
miles northwest of Fort Worth. Damage estimates probably won't be
available until Wednesday, Weaver said.
In Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth and
Tarrant County, a fire near Canyon Creek forced several evacuations,
said Jerry Lind, chief deputy for the Hood County Sheriff's Office. He
said several structures were on fire, and propane tanks have exploded.
Police and firefighters went door-to-door
evacuating a subdivision of several hundred homes. Evacuees were being
taken to churches, Hood County Sheriff's Office Lt. Billy Henderson
"It's pretty chaotic, but we're trying to do
the best we can," he said.
North Texas was under a National Weather Service
"red flag warning," meaning unusually warm and windy
conditions could cause blazes to spread rapidly. The warning was issued
because of strong winds, low humidity and extremely dry conditions.
Many of Texas' 254 counties are experiencing
drought conditions after averaging just 21.5 inches of rain in the first
11 months of 2005, down from the norm of 26.
"It is just critically, critically dry out
there right now," Weaver said.
There were also widespread grass fires in
Oklahoma on Tuesday. (Related video: Oklahoma
The biggest fire began near power lines in the
town of Mustang, southwest of Oklahoma City, and traveled about two
miles through a rural area including scattered homes before firefighters
could bring it under control, Mustang Police Chief Monte James said.
Authorities estimated the fire charred 400 acres and destroyed five
"I think we finally got the fires under
control," he said. "We've still got some hot spots that we're
One firefighter was being treated at a hospital
for smoke inhalation, he said.
Mustang City Manager David Cockrell said sparks
from power lines may have caused the fire, but the cause remains under
"What can you do about it?" Pat
Hankins, 62, said as he watched his one-story home burn. "You have
Firefighters also put out grass fires in three
areas of Oklahoma City Tuesday, Oklahoma City Fire Maj. Brian Stanaland
said. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and a child suffered
minor burns to his hands when a shed caught fire. That fire apparently
was apparently started by children playing with fireworks, Stanaland
Video shot from news helicopters showed a
blackened area of grass and brush in Mustang and no active flames by
late Tuesday afternoon. Residents had been concerned the fire might
"Everybody is out now watering their yards
and standing in their yards," said Harold Percival, who lives about
a mile from the fire area. He said smoke from the fires had eased by
late Tuesday afternoon. "It's clear as a bell now," he said.
An evacuation center was set up in Mustang for
people who had been in the path of the fire.
Smoke from a separate grass fire limited
visibility along Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma near the Texas state
line and forced authorities to close the highway south of Pauls Valley
in Garvin County, said Kent Meeker of the Pauls Valley Fire Department.
He said at least two structures were burning.
"We've got 15 to 20 trucks and 50 to 60
firefighters here," he said. "We've got to take care of the
structures, then we've got to get the interstate open."
The Tulsa Fire Department responded to at least a
dozen fires Tuesday, spokesman Capt. Larry Vowles said. The most severe
was in the community of Oakhurst and destroyed three homes, one of which
was vacant, and one barn.
Numerous fires were burning Tuesday night in
Bryan County in southeastern Oklahoma, said Tim Cooke, the county's
emergency management director.
"Our entire county is just about on
fire," he said. "It's everywhere."
The worst of the county's fires was near Achille,
Cooke said. That fire destroyed at least three structures and resulted
in an unknown amount of injuries, mostly from smoke inhilation, he said.
Authorities shut down a five-mile stretch of Oklahoma Highway 78 and
parts of State Highway 91 because of the fire.
Wind gusts reached 40 mph in Oklahoma Tuesday and
temperatures reached about 70 degrees at some locations.
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Texas Gov Declares Grass Fires a Disaster
Dozens of grass fires burned across an
unusually warm and windy Texas on Tuesday, destroying homes, forcing
evacuations, and prompting Gov. Rick Perry to deploy state firefighters
and issue a disaster declaration.
Perry's office said 73 fires were being fought
around the state as of Monday, mostly in North and Central Texas. His
office didn't have an updated number Tuesday because the situation is
"in flux." There were no immediate reports of injuries or
"To better ensure our ability to
immediately respond to these fast-moving fires, I have ordered the
deployment of Texas Army National Guard assets and requested assistance
from the U.S. Forest Service," Perry said in a statement.
One of the largest fires was in Kennedale, a
bedroom community of about 6,100 people just south of Fort Worth. Large
plumes of white smoke rose above the town. Television footage showed
homes damaged, outbuildings in flames and residents spraying hoses and
dumping buckets of water at the fire.
Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. Kent Worley said
the department was helping battle the blaze in Kennedale, which jumped
U.S. Highway 287 and prompted officials to temporarily shut it down.
In Arlington, fires threatened new housing
developments and apartment complexes. Strong winds were the biggest
obstacle for about 20 firefighters trying to contain the blaze, Deputy
Fire Marshal Keith Ebel said.
"It's like trying to stop a
30-mile-per-hour car coming down the street," Ebel said. "The
wind is the worst enemy right now."
Ebel said officials have expected wild fires
because Texas has suffered through such a dry year.
"It was a matter of time this was going to
happen," Ebel said. "By no means are we out of the woods. This
fire's just occurred in one small area of town. We have a whole lot of
In Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth and
Tarrant County, a fire near Canyon Creek forced at least 100 people to
evacuate, said Jerry Lind, chief deputy for the Hood County Sheriff's
Office. He said several structures were on fire, and propane tanks have
North Texas was under a National Weather
Service "red flag warning," meaning unusually warm and windy
conditions could cause blazes to spread rapidly. The warning was issued
because of strong winds, low humidity and extremely dry conditions.
"We've got fires burning structures in
several counties," said Tracy Weaver of the Texas Forest Service.
"It is just critically, critically dry out there right now."
Cities where fires were reported included
Colleyville, Boyd, Joshua and Denton. Blazes were also reported in
counties including Parker, Hood and Tarrant.
The red flag alert was in effect until 8 p.m.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where winds were expected in the 20- to
30-mph range. A cold front moving through North Texas on Tuesday night
will cool the region down, but only to the high 60s.
Perry's office said the wildfire threat level
is expected to remain high for the next 30 days. According to the
governor's office, 114 fires in 39 counties have burned 10,000 acres in
Texas during December.
Perry's disaster declaration activates the
state emergency management plan and authorizes the deployment of any
forces, equipment or supplies required for the response.
The governor deployed four Texas Army National
Guard helicopters, and obtained two air tankers and two helicopters from
the U.S. Forest Service.
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Fires kill at least four in Texas
12 counties in Oklahoma charred; no end in sight to dry conditions
Wednesday, December 28, 2005; Posted: 4:00 p.m. EST (21:00 GMT)
Investigators search the remains of a home destroyed by
a fire in Cross Plains, Texas, on Wednesday.
(CNN) -- No immediate end appears in sight
to the dry conditions fueling fires in tinder-dry Texas, where four
people were killed, and Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Firefighters were battling swift-moving blazes in Texas, where the
four people killed included a woman who was trying to douse her yard.
The fires have charred more than 13,000 acres in central, north-central
and northeast Texas.
"There is little or no chance of rain for the next several
days," said Jack Colley, the chief of Texas Emergency Management
Division, in a report about the fires.
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"The problematic weather condition of high winds and low
relative humidity levels forecast ... will produce extreme fire danger
over most of the state," he said.
More than 100 buildings, including 78 homes, were destroyed Tuesday,
said Colley. One of the most endangered areas is in Callahan County,
about 125 miles west of Dallas, where a fire that started just outside
the town of Cross Plains swept through homes and buildings.
As many as 50 homes in the town of 1,000 were destroyed, along with a
church and several businesses, Colley said. Cross Plains, about 43 miles
southeast of Abilene, has been entirely evacuated.
One rancher, Dean Dillard, told The Associated Press: "It looked
like we had been bombed in a big war. The whole city was on fire
Crews fought "very dense smoke and extreme fire behavior"
while trying to control the blaze, Colley said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared a disaster Tuesday, dispatching
National Guard troops to battle the flames. (Full
Burn ban in Oklahoma
Perry is seeking help from other states, including two additional air
tankers from the Louisiana National Guard and bulldozer crews from
Florida to help build fire walls to contain the blazes.
In Oklahoma, authorities were reporting fires that have charred
thousands of acres across 12 counties. No deaths have been reported in
A statewide burn ban is in effect.
"Oklahomans are reminded that all outdoor burning is prohibited,
and violations are misdemeanors punishable by as much as a $500 fine and
one-year imprisonment," the Oklahoma Department of Emergency
Some helicopters were able to take off Wednesday, a day after gusty
winds prevented them from flying and dropping water on the flames.
Just west of Oklahoma City, in Mustang, fires are being blamed for
four minor injuries. One case involved a child whose hands were burned
from a fire possibly set by children playing with fireworks, according
to the Department of Emergency Management.
Last month, fires burned 50,000 acres in southern and eastern
Oklahoma, causing one death on Thanksgiving.
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Grass Fires Break
Out Across Oklahoma
Monday January 2, 2006 1:02 AM
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By ASHLEY GIBSON
Associated Press Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A rash of grass fires broke out Sunday
afternoon across Oklahoma, fueled by unseasonably dry conditions and
wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour.
Oklahoma City firefighters responded to at least 15 grass fires in
the metro area Sunday afternoon that burned more than 100 acres, said
Oklahoma City Fire Major Brian Stanaland.
A few homes suffered minor exterior damage in northeast Oklahoma
City after some power lines arced and caught some grass on fire. While
firefighters battled that blaze, high winds blew up some construction
material from a nearby construction site that hit the power lines,
caught on fire and landed on a nearby nursing home, Stanaland said.
``You basically had flying, flaming debris,'' Stanaland said.
``Luckily, we were already on the scene putting out the fires when it
happened so we were able to put it out. We were very, very lucky.''
No injuries or major structure damage were immediately reported in
At least a dozen wildfires continued to burn across Oklahoma on
Sunday evening, including a large blaze near Guthrie that threatened
several homes, said Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma
Department of Emergency Management.
``We have reports of a dozen fires that continue to burn across the
state, and we know there are more than that,'' she said.
A fire near Wainwright in Muskogee County charred several thousand
acres and was at least one-mile wide, but no injuries or structure
fires were reported, said Bill Beebe, an information officer at a
statewide command center established in Shawnee.
Army National Guard helicopters that were used to battle blazes
over the weekend were grounded Sunday afternoon because of high winds
and limited visibility, Ooten said.
A grass fire near Guthrie forced the closure of both the north and
southbound lanes of Interstate 35 for more than an hour, said Oklahoma
Highway Patrol Trooper Pete Norwood.
State Highways 33 and 105 near Guthrie remained closed Sunday
afternoon because of smoke that limited visibility, Norwood said.
A grass fire also was reported Sunday afternoon near Bristow in
northeast Oklahoma and another near Wellston in Lincoln County that
threatened about 30 homes.
Meanwhile, firefighters and state emergency officials across the
state continued to monitor areas that were scorched by wildfires over
the weekend, while urging Oklahomans to comply with the statewide burn
The major hot spots were in Bennington, Bristow and Pink, where
grassfires charred hundreds of acres on Saturday, Ooten said.
``We are reminding the people that they should be extremely careful
in any outdoor activity today,'' she said. ``And remember that any
firework activity is illegal, and taking a chance means putting
Oklahomans, their homes and firefighters at risk.''
High winds, record-high temperatures and drought-like conditions
across much of the state increased the fire danger to critical levels.
``Weather conditions are gearing up,'' Ooten said. ``We're working
with military departments to make sure they have supplies on standby,
and we are still receiving firefighters from Alabama and Tennessee.''
Oklahoma has been locked in a dry spell, with winds easing at night
and in the morning and then increasing in the afternoon. Dozens of
fires began in the state Tuesday when winds gusted to more than 40
mph. The state is more than a foot behind its normal rainfall of about
36 inches for this time of year.
Officials declared a state of emergency for Oklahoma Friday because
of wildfire conditions, sought a federal disaster declaration and
enlisted firefighting help from other states.
The wildfires in the last week have ravaged more than 30,000 acres,
destroyed nearly 100 homes and businesses, left one man dead and
caused a handful of minor injuries.
Raging Wildfire Burns Oklahoma City Homes
By ASHLEY GIBSON
The Associated Press
Sunday, January 1, 2006; 10:02 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Wildfires raged across Oklahoma, Texas and New
Mexico on Sunday, burning several homes in Oklahoma City and
sparking patchworks of flames across the region as gusting winds
blew flaming embers into the dry grass.
In Texas, at least 20 fires sprang up Sunday, continuing
several days of damaging grass fires that officials warned were
likely to continue as long as the dry, warm and windy conditions
An 8,000-acre blaze threatened 200 homes near Carbon, about 125
miles west of Dallas, and at least three homes had been destroyed
Just west of the Texas border in Hobbs, N.M., officials
evacuated a nursing home, casino, community college and several
neighborhoods as firefighters battled spreading grass fires on the
western edge of the town of 29,000.
In Oklahoma City, two neighborhoods were evacuated as flames
snaked across the northeastern part of the city and several homes
were in flames. One man suffered minor smoke inhalation after
refusing to evacuate his home, Stanaland said. Firefighters later
rescued the man in a field near his home.
"We will overcome this challenge," Oklahoma Gov. Brad
Henry said in a televised news conference Sunday night as the
fires continued to burn.
Drought-like conditions have pushed the fire danger to critical
levels across Oklahoma and Texas.
Last week, wildfires in the two states ravaged more than 50,000
acres, destroying nearly 100 homes and businesses and killing four
people. Oklahoma put out an emergency call for more fire crews
from other states, and the governor asked for a federal disaster
At least a dozen wildfires were burning in Oklahoma on Sunday,
pushed by 50 mph wind gusts. A large blaze near Guthrie threatened
several homes, said Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
"Today has been extremely intense," Fire Maj. Brian
Stanaland said in Oklahoma City. "I think it's maybe starting
to take its toll on our department."
Power lines arced and sparked one grass fire in the city. While
firefighters battled that blaze, high winds tossed material from a
nearby construction site into power lines, causing the debris to
burn before it landed on a nearby nursing home, Stanaland said.
"You basically had flying, flaming debris," Stanaland
said. "Luckily, we were already on the scene putting out the
fires when it happened so we were able to put it out."
Raging Wildfire Burns Oklahoma City Homes
A fire near Wainwright in Muskogee County charred several
thousand acres and was at least a mile wide, but no injuries or
structure fires were reported, said Bill Beebe, an information
officer at a statewide command center established in Shawnee.
In Carbon, Texas, at least three homes and several barns were
destroyed Sunday afternoon and area residents were evacuated, said
Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver.
Helicopters with the Texas Air National Guard assisted
firefighters as billowing clouds of smoke hung across the horizon
Carbon is just northeast of Cross Plains, where more than 90
homes and a church were destroyed in a raging grass fire last week.
"We just took up money for the folks in Cross Plains at
church this morning, never thinking it would be us in just three
hours," said Mallory Fagan, who waited in nearby Eastland with
her daughter Shana Fuchs and 15 dogs they rounded up from the
family's dog rescue.
Fires raged along the Texas state line in New Mexico, including
one reported at 40,000 to 50,000 acres along 20-mile line, said Dan
Ware, a spokesman for the state Forestry Division.
Four structures burned in Hobbs, where residents _ including 27
living at a nursing home _ evacuated the western side of the city,
Associated Press writer Angela K. Brown in Carbon, Texas,
contributed to this report
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