Wildland News

  • Fla. Firefighters Died After Tractor Got Stuck

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An investigation into last month's death of two north Florida firefighters found the men were overtaken by the blaze while trying to get a forestry tractor free of a tree stump. Veteran firefighters Josh Burch, 31, of Lake...

    News • July 14th, 2011

  • Two Oklahoma Firefighters Hurt in Wildland Fire

    CHICKASHA, Okla. -- Two firefighters were hurt on Thursday afternoon battling a grass fire in Grady County, authorities confirmed. It happened near Chickasha. The firefighters suffered first- and second-degree...

    News • July 8th, 2011

  • Utah-Based BLM Firefighter Dies at Texas Wildland Fire

    A Hotshot wildland firefighter from Idaho died while fighting a blaze in Texas.Caleb Hamm, 24, a member of the Bureau of Land Management's Bonneville Interagency Hotshot crew, according to The Desert News.Hamm had six years' experience as a firefighter...

    News • July 8th, 2011

  • Budget Cuts Force CAL Fire to Nix Super Tankers

    Southern California's wildfire season is just heating up, but the state will most likely be without a key tool after two contracted converted DC-10s fell victim to budget cuts.

    News • July 7th, 2011

  • Plane Crash Kills 1, Sparks Wildfire in Colorado

    CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. -- A southern Colorado plane crash left one person dead, another hospitalized and ignited a 70-acre wildfire Sunday, authorities said. The small plane with two people aboard crashed near Wetmore...

    News • July 6th, 2011

  • Fireworks Starts Texas Grass Fire, 2 Homes Burn

    HOWE, Okla. -- The Leflore County Emergency manager said a large grass fire is burning out of control off of Texas Road near West Maple Street in Howe, Okla. Firefighters said fireworks sparked the fire. Hawke Ashford...

    News • July 2nd, 2011

  • Flaming Hawk Blamed for Calif. Wildland Fire

    MOSS LANDING, Calif. -- Fire crews said a hawk was responsible for a fire near the Moss Landing power plant. Firefighters said the hawk hit tow power lines on Sunday, causing it to ignite and fall to the...

    News • June 27th, 2011

  • 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