WASHINGTON (AP) — A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.
The Thomas Fire in Southern California is on it's way to being the largest in the state's history. Fourteen days in, the flames continue to burn in bone dry, windy conditions. It's burning above the wealthy areas of Santa Barbara County, it's only 40 percent contained and will likely burn for days to come.
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Wildfire managers in Nevada say extensive growth of cheat grass from a very wet winter, combined with high winds, extremely low humidity and unusually hot weather has created a perfect storm for explosive rangeland fires.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Windy, dry conditions that have raised the threat of wildfires in Nevada has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for most of the northern half of the state into Tuesday.