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HOLY COW! HISTORY: America’s Worst Fire, 150 Years Later

It remains in American memory as the mother of all blazes. Exactly 150 years ago, the Great Chicago Fire blew through the Windy City with a vengeance, killing some 300 people, blackening more than 2,100 acres, and destroying property valued at an estimated $4.7 billion in today’s dollars. Yet a far deadlier, vastly bigger, and

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Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US

The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive Bootleg Fire just north of the California border grew to more than 476 square miles (1,210 square kilometers),

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Arizona Wildfires Update – July 8, 2021

Tiger Fire [There seems to be some confusion as to whether the Crown King Road, County Road 59, is open or closed. It was closed this morning, but then opened by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office.] Working with fire incident command, the decision was made to place the Crown King area in ”Set” status. There

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Hot, dry forecast offers little hope for relief as wildfires rage

A half-dozen wildfires were burning close to 140,000 acres across Arizona Tuesday and growing, as heat, wind and drought conditions complicated firefighting efforts, officials said. The largest of the blazes, the Telegraph Fire near Superior, grew by 11,000 acres between Monday and Tuesday morning to more than 71,000 acres, and led to additional evacuation orders

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Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.” It turned out to be a huge understatement.

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15 Kayakers/Paddle Boarders Escape Injury During Microburst

About 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 5th, Prescott Regional Communication Center started to receive multiple 911 calls of overturned kayakers on Watson Lake. When the initial crews arrived on scene they encountered high winds and multiple people in the lake surrounded by kayaks and paddle boards. At the point in time that the high winds

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