wildfires

Wildfires Out West

Crews across the west coast battling several growing wildfires.

Nearly a thousand firefighters are battling to contain Colorado’s largest fire, the 4-16 fire, burning near Duran, in San Juan National Forest. Flames have spread over 23,000 acres, and crews have only been able to contain about 15% of the blaze. More than two thousand residents have been forced to evacuate. Another wildfire erupted in Silverthorne, Colorado on Tuesday. Although…

More Wildfires Sparked

There's a fierce new southern California wildfire tearing through golf course communities in San Diego County.

At least six major fires are now burning from north of Los Angeles down into the area of San Diego. In the Ventura area, teams are still working to contain the largest fire in the state -the Thomas fire- which started burning Monday. It has now destroyed more than four hundred homes and buildings and consumed hundreds of square miles….

Another Round of Wildfires

The Thomas fire burning northwest of Los Angeles has forced the evacuations of thousands of people.

  California is again dealing with widespread, destructive wildfires. Although this time, it’s the lower part of the state. Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, is under siege by a fast-growing, fast-moving fire which is expected to burn for days. Tens of thousands of acres have been scorched. High winds are partially blamed for the fire’s rapid acceleration, pushing the…

More California Casualties

This week's wildfires are now the deadliest ever recorded in the state's history.

  More fatalities from California wildfires Thursday, making this the deadliest week ever when it comes to wildfires in the state. Thirty-one people died this week, breaking the previous record of 29 dead during a fire back in the early 1930’s. New wildfire evacuations ordered Thursday, while other areas were put on notice. Strong winds have only intensified the flames,…

Chaos in California

New evacuation orders have been issued for people living in northern California as authorities urge people in harm's way to leave.

  As the sun rises in northern California, large swaths of Santa Rosa are a wasteland. A terrifying situation for so many- and this could end up being the deadliest fire in California’s history. The previous record was back in 19-33 when twenty nine people perished. At least 23 people have died in these fires but the death toll could…

Wicked Wildfires

Deadly wildfires have scorched their way through California, and strong winds expected today can only make things worse.

  Over a dozen wildfires broke out in northern California Sunday night and Monday morning. By Tuesday, officials said hundreds of people were reported missing, at least fifteen confirmed dead, and over fifteen hundred homes destroyed. At least one hundred thousand acres of land are impacted. Flames from the Tubbs fire have burned at least twenty-seven thousand acres in Sonoma…

SEYMOUR, IN (WFXB) – Two little girls were so moved after seeing massive wildfires in Tennessee…that they’re raffling off their brand new Hatchimals to help the victims. Ten-year-old Lariah Neal and her 6-year-old sister Daelyn Freese live in Indiana. Their grandmother managed to snag them Hatchimals, a hard-to-get toy this holiday season. But after seeing the devastation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee,…

Family left behind in Tennessee wildfires

GATLINBURG, T.N. (FOX) – One woman vacationing in Gatlinburg Monday shares her harrowing story as she and her family watched the wildfires inch closer to their cabin, and realized they had been deserted. Jessica Chamberlain was among two families vacationing from Florida checking into their cabin, who soon saw fire behind them. While told all was OK by the front…

Tennessee wildfires devastate Gatlinburg, death toll rises to 4

SEVIERVILLE, TN (WFXB) –  New video has been released showing the devastating aftermath — caused by deadly, large wildfires in Gatlinburg. Many lost everything from their homes to their cars as fires charred the land.  The death toll has risen to 4. More than a dozen others are recovering from injuries. Meantime — recovery efforts are slowly getting underway in the…

Gatlinburg Ablaze

Raging wildfires have reached parts of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  Mandatory evacuations have been called for people living in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas of eastern Tennessee. Flames and high winds reached the popular tourist destination overnight, already destroying more than two dozen buildings, including some in downtown Gatlinburg and the fire continues to grow in the Great Smokey Mountain National Parks. Firefighters and emergency workers are continuing…