Beaver Creek Fire Photos

The Beaver Creek Fire, Hailey, Idaho The Beaver Creek Fire was ignited by lightning Aug. 7 and is burning northwest of Hailey, Idaho, in the Sawtooth National Forest. As of August 23, the fire had burned 111,163 acres and was […]

Drought Forecast Looks Grim For California

Extreme drought, high winds and lightning have created the perfect storm for wildfire out west, where 50 large, uncontained fires are currently burning. There is particularly cause for alarm in California, which is having its driest year since records began in 1895, […]
Rim Fire Near Yosemite Triples In Size Overnight

Rim Fire Near Yosemite Triples In Size Overnight

A DC10 dropping flame retardant to the southwest of Pilot Ridge on Wednesday evening. Photo credit: Craig Polson via Twitter User @willowpolson Fueled by dry weather and strong winds, a raging wildfire near Yosemite National Park more than tripled in […]
GAO Report Critical of U.S. Forest Service Aviation Strategy

GAO Report Critical of U.S. Forest Service Aviation Strategy

A portable water tank is set up to fill the tank on the U.S. Forest Service’s Twin Otter aircraft, which was used in July at the Papoose Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. (USDA photo by Casey Teske) […]
Out of Cash, Forest Service Diverts $600 Million To Pay For Wildfires

Out of Cash, Forest Service Diverts $600 Million To Pay For Wildfires

A firefighter conducts a “burnout” operation at the Big Windy Complex fire in Oregon. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung) The U.S. Forest Service is out of cash for fighting fires. Again. For the sixth time since 2002, the Forest Service […]
Wildfire Rages Near Yosemite, 2,500 Structures Threatened

Wildfire Rages Near Yosemite, 2,500 Structures Threatened

The Rim Fire, captured near the junction of Ferretti Road and Highway 120 in California. Photo Source: Twitter user @willowpolson A raging wildfire on the western outskirts of Yosemite National Park has burned 16,228 acres since Saturday and is threatening 2,500 structures […]
Costs of 2013 Wildfires Burns Through $1 Billion

Costs of 2013 Wildfires Burns Through $1 Billion

When the Oregon Department of Forestry has to hire a private 20-man crew for firefighting, it costs $12,800 per day. (Photo by Bureau of Land Management) One billion dollars. Fighting wildland fires in 2013 just crossed that threshold for suppression […]

NIFC Ups Preparedness To Highest Level For First Time In 5 Years

The National Interagency Fire Center bumped up the national wildfire preparedness level to the highest level, level 5, for the first time in five years. A level 5 indicates the presence of major incidents have the potential to exhaust all agency […]
Some Idaho Residents Allowed to Return Home

Some Idaho Residents Allowed to Return Home

Photo Source: Instagram, @trox_cel Idaho fire authorities have allowed some residents whose houses were once threatened by the Beaver Creek fire to return home. The fire, which has burned more than 100,000 acres of land and forced the evacuation of […]
Tourists, Locals Flee Massive Wildfire Near Famed Resort Towns

Tourists, Locals Flee Massive Wildfire Near Famed Resort Towns

The massive Beaver Creek Fire closes in on Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo Source: Twitter user @cba The Beaver Creek fire, which has scorched 100,921 acres of land, has forced the evacuation of 2,300 homes in central Idaho. It is quickly […]