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‘State of emergency’ declared over Yosemite fire

By Lisa Fernandez, NBCBayArea.com

With the Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park at near lightning speeds, the number of evacuations grew on Thursday, as did the number of acres of forest – the size of the fire nearly tripled in a day’s time, sparking an urgent “state of emergency” plea.

Thursday afternoon, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County.

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AP Newsbreak: Running out of money, Forest Service diverts $600 million to pay for wildfires

Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

The nation’s top wildfire-fighting agency was down to $50 million after spending $967 million so far this year, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said Wednesday in an email.

Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion.

Chambers says the $50 million the Forest Service has left is typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires when the nation is at its top wildfire preparedness level, which went into effect Tuesday.

There are 51 large uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.

1000 Firefighters Expected to Fight Idaho “Little Queens” Fire

Mandatory evacuation order begins at noon today in Atlanta

Mandatory evacuation order begins at noon today in Atlanta

Credit: David Olson, Boise National Forest   A plume of smoke rises from the 1,000-acre Little Queens Fire near Atlanta, Idaho

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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM  –  Updated today at 10:02 AM

ATLANTA, Idaho — The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in the rural community of Atlanta. The order begins Monday at 12 p.m.

The evacuation should affect about 60 households, according to Sawtooth National Forest spokeswoman Julie Thomas.

Thomas says the 1,000-acre fire is burning about 6 miles northwest of Atlanta in the Sawtooth Wilderness. She says high winds caused the fire to burn closer to homes on Sunday afternoon.

“It is very clear to us that the southern end of the fire is rapidly expanding,” Thomas told KTVB.

When asked how area homeowners were taking the evacuation notice, Thomas observed that many have been reluctant, but emphasized the importance of following the evacuation orders.

“We’re just really hoping that folks take this seriously, and do that for their safety,” Thomas said.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is holding a community meeting Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Beaver Lodge for residents affected by the fire.

Only about 40 firefighters are currently staffing the fire at this time. However, up to 1,000 personnel, including a type II regional incident command team from Utah, are expected to reach the community Monday evening.

Thomas says many of those firefighters may be released from other fires in Idaho to help protect homes near Atlanta.

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Fire near Foresthill closes parts of Tahoe National Forest

Smokey sky over Foresthill

Smoke lifts off hills in Placer County.
Mike TeSelle/KCRA

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NEVADA CITY, Calif. (KCRA) —Parts of the Tahoe National Forest closed late Thursday after Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order, according to a news release.

The release indicated that the American Fire area, including roads and trails within the area, are closed until further notice.

Only authorized personnel are allowed to be in the area, according to the release. Officials said Mosquito Ridge Road is open to public traffic.

Silver fire: Homes burning, 5,000 acres lost, no containment

Silver fire

The Silver fire engulfs a home south of Banning on Wednesday evening. (KTLA / August 7, 2013)

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By Jason Wells and Shelby GradAugust 7, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

A fast-moving brush fire south of Banning has burned more than 5,000 acres, injured one firefighter and destroyed numerous homes and structures.

CalFire reported “multiple structures involved” in the hamlet of Twin Pines. TV footage showed additional homes on fire in nearby Poppet Flats.

Firefighters were dealing with strong westerly winds that are expected to continue until sunset.

The fire was jumping through the rocky desert hillside, overtaking remote homes and other structures that dot the landscape.

There was no estimate on the number of structures destroyed, in part because the fire was spread out over a large area.

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Firefighters battle 200 forest fires sparked by lightning across B.C.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Canadian Press

The BC Wildfire Branch’s predictions of a busy long weekend appears to be playing out, as crews battle 200 forest fires.

Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says many of the fires started over the last two days because of lightning strikes.

Skrepnek says the fires are manageable because most of them are small, and because the lightning activity was accompanied by a bit of rain.

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