Wildland News

  • Thousands Told to Leave as Texas Fire Grows

    GRIMES COUNTY, Texas -- A fire that has burned about 5,000 acres and destroyed dozens of buildings in Grimes County was 35 percent contained on Tuesday morning. About 30 homes have been destroyed in the fire that started Sunday. Grimes County...

    News • June 21st, 2011

  • Two Forest Rangers Killed Battling Fla. Fire

    Two state forest rangers trapped by shifting flames died while fighting a wildfire.

    News • June 21st, 2011

  • Florida Wildfire Continues to Threaten Homes

    OSTEEN, Fla. -- Some rain did fall, on a destructive Volusia County wildfire, but not enough to put it out on Tuesday night. In all, three homes were lost, 38 hunting camps, 10 buildings, and seven vehicles off of Ila road. Only the chimney of one...

    News • June 15th, 2011

  • Campfire May Have Started Largest Ariz. Wildfire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- U.S. Forest Service officials have confirmed that they have talked with a number of "persons of interest" in connection with the Wallow Fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona history. Anyone in the area of Bear Wallow...

    News • June 15th, 2011

  • Mitigation Touted for Wildland Fire Prevention

    Wildland fires, such as those currently blazing through Arizona and scorching numerous other areas in the nation, play a "vital role" in the ecological health of the regions in which they burn. They're part of the natural cycle of life on the planet...

    News • June 14th, 2011

  • Wallow Fire Declared Largest-Ever Ariz. Wildfire

    The Wallow Fire has now burned 469,407 acres and has destroyed 35 homes and cabins.

    News • June 14th, 2011

  • Crews Struggle to Contain Massive Fla. Brush Fire

    NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -- Krome Avenue remains closed as firefighters continue to battle a brush fire that has consumed thousands of acres and is expected to grow. David Utley, Deputy Chief of the Division of Forestry...

    News • June 8th, 2011

  • Firefighter Bit by Snake Hospitalized in Florida

    A firefighter working the Honey Prairie fire in the Okefenokee Swamp was bitten by a venomous snake and flown to a hospital from the fire line Monday.The bite happened on the east side of the fire about 11:50 a.m., fire officials said. Anthony Heard...

    News • June 7th, 2011

  • N.C. Has Only One Pilot for Wildland Firefighting

    DARE COUNTY, N.C. -- After a month, a fire in eastern North Carolina is still burning strong. More than 45,000 acres have already been burned up in this mostly rural area of Dare County. Investigators said...

    News • June 7th, 2011

  • Smoke From Ariz. Wildfire Travels 1,000 Miles

    DENVER, Ariz. -- Smoke from the Arizona wildfire has spread as far away as 1,000 miles from the blaze. Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Denver, said Monday that a ridge of high pressure was carrying the smoke as...

    News • June 7th, 2011

  • New Mexico Wildland Fire Continues to Grow

    TAOS, N.M. -- A 1,200-acre blaze forced evacuations near Sipapu on Highway 518 near mile marker 55, which is close to Rock Wall. The blaze has been named the Osha Fire. The highway is closed in both directions. Residents...

    News • June 3rd, 2011

  • Ariz. Crews Cannot Contain Growing Wildfire

    PORTAL, Ariz. -- Fire crews have lost containment of the Horseshoe II wildfire. Officials said the wind and terrain are making this fire a nightmare to battle. Wednesday morning, officials announced the Horseshoe II wildfire had grown to 73,000...

    News • June 1st, 2011

  • Rocket Testing Sparks Houston NASA Grass Fire

    HOUSTON -- Firefighters battled a large grass fire near NASA in southeast Houston Wednesday afternoon. The fire broke out shortly before 3 p.m. on NASA Parkway at Hospital Boulevard. Several acres burned, including rows of hay bales...

    News • June 1st, 2011

  • Lightning Sparks Fire Near Disney Fla. Properties

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Reedy Creek Fire Department is battling a wildfire on Disney property Tuesday. The fire is 75 percent contained and is burning between the Fort Wilderness compound and the Magic Kingdom parking...

    News • May 18th, 2011

  • Hawaii Firefighters Battle Sugarcane Fire

    PAIA, Hawaii -- Fire department officials are investigating a brushfire at the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company in Paia on Saturday. Firefighters said they were called to the 10-acre sugarcane field fire at about 1:22...

    News • May 14th, 2011