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Wildfire races through upscale Southern California community: 20 homes destroyed, 11 damaged

Aided by calmer winds, a mandatory evacuation zone of 900 homes dropped to 131.
A firefighter stands outside one of the homes destroyed by the Coastal Fire
A firefighter stands outside one of the homes destroyed by the Coastal Fire

California blaze that burned 31 homes signals 'dangerous new normal,' official says

"What we’re seeing today is exceeding any of our personal fire behavior predictions," a local fire official said.
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Wind-driven Southern California wildfire destroys homes, burns 195 acres

No injuries have been reported. An estimated 20 or more homes may have burned and mandatory evacuations were issued for parts of Laguna Niguel.
A firefighter works to put out a structure burning during a wildfire Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Laguna Niguel, California.
A firefighter works to put out a structure burning during a wildfire Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Laguna Niguel, California.

New Mexico wildfire surpasses 200,000 acres as weather worsens

Residents in parts of three counties were told to prepare to evacuate as the massive blaze moved north.
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Oregon man sentenced to 11 years in blaze near the 2020 Almeda Fire

He pleaded no contest to causing a fire that damaged or destroyed 14 homes and killed several animals, as the separate Almeda Fire burned.
Image: *** BESTPIX *** Almeda Fire Burns Through Southwestern Oregon
Image: *** BESTPIX *** Almeda Fire Burns Through Southwestern Oregon

Thousands refuse to evacuate largest U.S. wildfire in New Mexico

“It’s more than just your place or your personal belongings and your material things. This is your land, your soul connected to it generationally,” said local doctor Matthew Probst.
The Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak Fire has left burned fields and forest along NM 283 near Las Vegas, N.M., on May 5, 2022.
The Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak Fire has left burned fields and forest along NM 283 near Las Vegas, N.M., on May 5, 2022.

'Very dangerous fire weather' as New Mexico braces for more wildfire conditions

The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire was 20 percent contained Wednesday morning, while the Cooks Peak Fire was 89 percent contained, fire authorities reported.
The Calf Canyon fire
The Calf Canyon fire

Millions of Americans own forests at high risk of wildfire, and time is running out.

The Biden administration is investing in protecting at-risk private property from wildfires, but the challenge outweighs the resources, and the clock is ticking.
Darrell Jacobs.
Darrell Jacobs.

'A very chaotic situation': Wind-fueled wildfires rage in Southwestern U.S.

Crews were tackling more than a dozen large fires Friday nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
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Federal firefighters brace for another year of staffing woes as wildfires intensify

The Biden administration has promised to increase pay and benefits for wildland firefighters, but the Forest Service is struggling to fill vacancies heading into another active fire season.
Image: Caldor Fire
Image: Caldor Fire

Fires burn thousands of acres in Arizona amid fire-prone conditions in the Southwest

The Tunnel Fire has burned more than 6,000 acres near Flagstaff, and the Crooks Fire near Prescott was estimated at 750 acres, authorities said.
Smoke rises from the Tunnel Fire in the Timberline neighborhood of Arizona.
Smoke rises from the Tunnel Fire in the Timberline neighborhood of Arizona.