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Los Alamos Officials Still Confident Lab Is Safe

But thousands of experiments remain idle during shutdown

(Newser) - Los Alamos nuclear laboratory officials say it could be a few days before they'll know the extent of how experiments at the facility that created the first atomic bomb have been affected by a shutdown caused by a 125-square-mile wildfire . The lab has been shut down since Monday, when...

Wildfires Will Rage Until Rainy Season

And rains aren't expected until mid-July at earliest

(Newser) - Don't expect the news of wildfires blazing through the Southwest to end any time soon. Officials say fire danger will remain for several more weeks. The seasonal rains that normally stop the fire threat aren't expected to come until mid-July at the soonest. "We're not even...

Arizona Sheriff: Mexican Smugglers Set Fire

His comments back John McCain; he's not referring to big Wallow Fire

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff has backed up John McCain and blamed Mexican drug smugglers for starting at least one of the state's raging wildfires. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever wasn't referring to the enormous Wallow Fire but to a smaller one called the Monument Fire that has burned up...

6 States Ablaze, 1.2M Acres Lost

OK, fire not being caused by illegal immigrants, admits John McCain

(Newser) - Six states are ablaze in a searing summer that's breaking records for wildfires. More than 1.2 million acres have already burned and some 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as flames devour land in Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Colorado, as well as Georgia...

McCain: Illegals Behind Some Arizona Wildfires

He says there is 'substantial evidence' of this ... but doesn't share the evidence

(Newser) - John McCain knows exactly who to blame for a number of the fires that have blazed through his state: illegal immigrants. At a press conference yesterday, McCain explained that "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally....

Arizona Questions 2 in Wildfire
 Arizona Questions 2 in Wildfire 

Arizona Questions 2 in Wildfire

Wallow blaze likely caused by campfire

(Newser) - Investigators in Arizona have questioned two "persons of interest" in the most devastating wildfire to ever blaze through the state, which they believe was caused by a single campfire in the Bear Wallow wilderness, reports the AP. It's unclear whether those involved will face charges or have to...

Wallow Fire Now Arizona's Largest Ever

But firefighters made headway yesterday

(Newser) - The bad news: Arizona’s Wallow wildfire is now the state’s largest-ever. The good news: Firefighters got some control over it yesterday, and it is now 18% contained. But "the great news,” says a fire official, “is we still have a total of seven injuries and...

Ariz. Wildfires Threatening New Mexico

Dry conditions fanning the flames

(Newser) - Firefighters are desperately trying to keep the wildfires that are ripping through Arizona from spreading to New Mexico, as dry conditions and wind fan the flames. The Wallow fire, which has been burning since May 29, is still only 18% contained, and now covers more than 452,000 acres, the...

Arizona Warns of Air Quality as Wildfire Spreads

Massive blaze is in New Mexico now, too

(Newser) - An eye-stinging, throat-burning haze of smoke spewing from a gigantic wildfire in eastern Arizona is beginning to stretch as far east as central New Mexico, prompting health officials to warn residents as far away as Albuquerque about potential respiratory hazards. The 672-square-mile blaze was no longer just an Arizona problem...

Arizona Wildfire Now Threatens New Mexico

Fire has burned through 603 square miles of timber

(Newser) - Arizona’s Wallow wildfire continues to rage, and it’s approaching New Mexico, where workers are setting up fire lines and one town is readying for an evacuation. Now the second-largest Arizona wildfire ever recorded, the flames have charred some 603 square miles of timber, destroyed 22 homes in a...

Wildfire Now Arizona's 2nd-Biggest Ever

Wallow Fire is more than twice the size of Chicago

(Newser) - This is not the sort of record Arizona was looking for: The wildfire blazing its way through the Grand Canyon State is now officially the second-largest in its history, having burned 389,000 acres. The "Wallow Fire" is now more than twice the size of Chicago, and second only...

Wind, Lightning Feed Arizona Fire

More towns forced to evacuate, or told to prepare to

(Newser) - The Arizona wildfire continued to rage today, egged on by 60mph winds, lightning, and dry conditions. Residents of the mountain hamlet of Greer were forced to evacuate yesterday, and two more towns were told to be ready to flee, as the fire spread from 184,000 acres to 229,000,...

Arizona Towns Evacuate as Wildfire Grows

Blaze covers 287 square miles

(Newser) - A forest fire continues to rage in Arizona, now covering 287 square miles with some 2,300 firefighters on the scene. The fire, located some 160 miles east of Phoenix, has been blazing for nine days, remains uncontained, and has prompted the evacuation of several towns and subdivisions. Most residents...

Wildfires Blaze Through Arizona

Firefighters can't contain Wallow Fire

(Newser) - Firefighters worked through the night to protect several mountain communities from a wildfire that has been blazing uncontrolled since May 29. The 144,000-acre Wallow Fire, near the New Mexico-Arizona state line, has burned through 225 square miles of forest and brush and is the third largest fire in state...

Wildfire Threatens Flagstaff Homes

Hundreds urged to evacuate

(Newser) - A fast-spreading wildfire has swept across nearly 5,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Ariz., threatening homes and prompting calls for hundreds of evacuations. Firefighters worked through the night against the blaze, which erupted yesterday morning and has been fueled by strong winds, while five helicopters and...

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