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‘Everywhere was burning’, when no firefighter’s came to the rescue rancher became his own firefighter

March 10--Wildfires aren't that unusual, according to Bill Barby, 63, who has spent his whole life working on his 3,700-acre ranch that spreads across Clark and Comanche counties. About every 10 years a wildfire will spring up on the ranch. But in the past, volunteer firefighters would rush in from neighboring towns and counties. Not [...]

March 11th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Three states issued ‘Extremely critical’ wildfire alert

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are bracing for a busy day as unseasonably warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity are expected to create dangerous wildfire conditions. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says "extremely critical" fire conditions are expected Thursday in eastern New Mexico, western Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The risk area covers 117,000 square miles and includes the [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Federal hiring freeze will allow for seasonal firefighters to be hired

The Trump administration told federal land management agencies they can again hire seasonal firefighters and park rangers to protect national forests, parks, tribal lands and wildlife refuges. President Trump placed a hiring freeze on the federal government Jan. 23, leaving the nation's wildland firefighting agencies up in the air at the time they traditionally begin hiring their [...]

February 7th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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5 firefighters, 6 others dead in Chile’s worst wildfires in country’s history

SANTIAGO, Chile: The death toll from the worst wildfires in the country's history reached 11, including five firefighters, authorities said Sunday. A state of emergency remains in effect as the fires continue to rage in 10 central and southern regions. The fires have burned about 928,000 acres and continue to spread after more than a [...]

January 30th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
  • In this Jan. 11, 2017, photo provided by Sherman Hiatt, a wildfire triggered when a pile of chicken manure caught fire in a barn threatens property near Charleston, Ark. Agriculture experts are warning farmers to make sure their waste piles don't grow too high because they can catch fire through spontaneous combustion. (AP Photo/Sherman Hiatt)

Chicken manure pile spontaneously combusted causing small wildfire, mobile home destroyed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure? Eight feet, apparently. Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning farmers that [...]

January 17th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Retired fire manager fireproofed property, fought wildfire with leafblower

PIGEON FORGE -- Fire blazed all about him. A bush inches from a 1,000-gallon propane tank flamed like a torch. "The propane tank is going to blow!" yelled his wife, Kathaleen. "Like hell it is!" he responded. David Loveland had just a hoe and a leaf blower; but, because he had spent years preparing for a wildfire, [...]

December 20th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Man calls 911 to report wildfire, then is charged with setting it

Nov. 30--A man who called 911 to report a wildfire was charged Wednesday with lighting it and trying to set other blazes in the parched mountains of Western North Carolina. Keith Eugene Mann, 49, of Franklin was charged with one federal count of destroying property of the United States by means of fire. Authorities said a wildfire was [...]

December 5th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Three dead, 15,000 acres scorched as fire in Tennessee continues burning

Fire officials say the worst fire in Tennessee in 100 years had people "basically running for their lives" Monday evening, but officials were hopeful that rain Tuesday night and Wednesday could help firefighters start to get an upper hand on the blaze. More than 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Monday evening as winds caused smaller spot fires [...]

November 30th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Wildfires in Gatlinburg force thousands to evacuate

The National Guard has been called in to aid with wildfires tearing through forests in Tennessee that have forced more than a thousand people to evacuate and left even more without power on Tuesday, local emergency responders said. Firefighters were working early Tuesday to put out a fire that worsened overnight and impacted 100 homes near the eastern Tennessee city of Gatlinburg, according to officials. "If [...]

November 29th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
  • This photo shows some of the remaining flames from the Ferguson Fire as it neared containment in late July 2014.  Joe Thurmond Askins, who is accused of napping while his campfire sparked the blaze, may have to pay for costs to fight the wildfire.  Credit:  South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

Napping man, careless rancher caused 2 wildfires, $4.5 million lawsuits claim

Sept. 16--A 64-year-old man who is accused of napping while his campfire spread to start a 200-acre forest fire could have to foot the$892,000 bill of extinguishing the Southern Oregon blaze. That's the goal of the state of Oregon, which this week filed suit against Joe Thurmond Askins -- as well as his wife and stepdaughter, Martha Havlicek-Askins and Ashley Martha Myers. The suit [...]

September 25th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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