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Contractor Dies in Accident at California Wildfire Scene

Driver was assigned to fire suppression repair work     WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — A contractor doing repair work at the scene of the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history has died in a vehicle accident. The U.S. Forest Service ...

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Nine Trapped by Nevada Wildfire Escorted to Safety

Area or origin located at shooting range     ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Eight hikers and a sheriff’s deputy were escorted to safety from the top of a canyon at a popular Nevada recreation area as a wildfire spewed flames ...

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Cause Determined in Wyoming Wildfire

Unattended warming fire destroyed over 50 homes     PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters in western Wyoming say a wildfire that has destroyed 55 homes and forced the evacuation of about 500 rural residents was caused by an abandoned warming ...

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Border Agent Receives Probation for Arizona Wildfire

Agent will also make a PSA about the fire     TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent will have to serve probation for starting a southern Arizona wildfire while he was off duty. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that ...

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Colorado Community Reflects on 2013 Wildfire Lessons

Black Forest fire leaves many worrying about the next wildfire     By KEVIN SIMPSON and JOHN INGOLD, The Colorado Sun DENVER (AP) — Nearly a 100-mile drive from where the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history tore through Black ...

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Wyoming Wildfire Burns Over 50 Homes

Wildfire threatens additional structures     PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned 55 homes and blackened about 80 square miles (207 square kilometers) in western Wyoming. Sublette County sheriff’s officials said Thursday the blaze ...

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Border Patrol Agent Charged in Arizona Wildfire

Wildfire damaged 19 square miles of conservation area     TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent who was off-duty when he sparked a large wildfire last year while target shooting is now facing a misdemeanor charge in federal ...

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Bird on Powerline Causes Reno Wildfire

Wildfire burned about 100 acres     RENO, Nev. (AP) — Fire investigators say a bird on a powerline apparently caused an arc that sparks a brushfire in south Reno. The Reno Gazette Journal reports the arcing powerline sparked the ...

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Criminal Charges in Deadly Portugal Wildfire

Over 60 people died in the blaze     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Prosecutors in Portugal are bringing charges of criminally negligent homicide against 12 defendants over the deaths of 66 people in a major wildfire last year. At Pedrogao ...

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Senate Bill Aims to Thin Forests, Stem Wildfires

$1B fund to be created for wildfire reduction projects     By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After a summer wildfire season that blanketed much of the West in smoke, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill ...

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