Retardant Drop from 747 Killed Utah Firefighter

Bill Carey Near ground-level release uprooted tree that struck Burchett     By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from a Boeing 747 mistakenly flying only 100 feet (30 meters) above […]

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Fallen Utah Firefighter Known for Wildfire Experience

Bill Carey Burchett and three other firefighters were struck by a tree     By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from Utah to help battle record-setting blazes in California. Burchett was hit […]

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Illegal Fires Cause Colorado Blazes

Bill Carey Several arrested in two Colorado wildfires     By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — An illegal campfire likely ignited another destructive blaze in Colorado, an outcome authorities were trying to avoid across the hot, dry U.S. West by enforcing strict fire rules and closing some public lands. Several people have been […]

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Brush Fire Destroys Utah Homes

Bill Carey Eight homes destroyed in Moab     By COLLEEN SLEVIN and LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze […]

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