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A Day in the Life of a Taos (NM) Hotshot Crew

A Day in the Life of a Taos (NM) Hotshot Crew

By ELISE KAPLAN Albuquerque Journal SIPAPU, N.M. (AP) — After 14 days fighting the fires threatening northern New Mexico, Tyler Freeman went for a run on his day off. In the distance, he could see the plume of smoke from the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire. “It’s like...

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‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

By MARCIO J. SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains...

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New Mexico Fire Costs Top $65M; Closes in on Taos

New Mexico Fire Costs Top $65M; Closes in on Taos

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Many homes near America's largest wildfire survived the latest barrage of howling winds and erratic flames but New Mexico's governor said Tuesday the risk of more destruction is high and that the long-term costs of recovering...

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Fire Crews Close in Around Massive NM Wildfire

Fire Crews Close in Around Massive NM Wildfire

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico took advantage of diminished winds Thursday to build more fire lines and clear combustible brush near homes close to the fringes of the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. They did so ahead of what is expected to be...

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NM Governor Seeking US Disaster Status for Wildfire

NM Governor Seeking US Disaster Status for Wildfire

By CEDAR ATTANASIO and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor on Tuesday asked President Joe Biden to declare a disaster as firefighters scrambled to clear brush, build fire lines and spray water to keep the largest blaze...

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As Wildfire Closes in, New Mexico Residents Prepare to Flee

As Wildfire Closes in, New Mexico Residents Prepare to Flee

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico’s pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush from around their...

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‘Wall of fire’ Forces Evacuations Near Flagstaff (AZ)

‘Wall of fire’ Forces Evacuations Near Flagstaff (AZ)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Heavy winds kicked up a towering wall of flames outside a northern Arizona tourist town Tuesday, ripping through two-dozen structures and sending residents of more than 700 homes scrambling to flee. Flames as high as 100 feet (30 meters) raced...

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Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Near Smoky Mountains

Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Near Smoky Mountains

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters from across Tennessee continued working Thursday morning to contain a wildfire near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that spread overnight despite rain from storms that passed through the area, officials said. The blaze,...

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Idaho Governor OKs Wildland Firefighter Hazard Pay Raises

Idaho Governor OKs Wildland Firefighter Hazard Pay Raises

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed into law legislation giving the state's wildland firefighters hazard pay, a boost expected to keep more firefighters on the job. The Republican governor signed the measure...

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