Pristine Lake Tahoe shrouded in smoke from threatening fire

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Ash rained down on Lake Tahoe on Tuesday and thick yellow smoke blotted out views of the mountains rimming its pristine blue waters as a massive wildfire threatened the alpine vacation spot on the California-Nevada state line. Tourists ducked into cafes, outdoor gear shops and casinos on Lake Tahoe […]

Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US

BLY, Oregon (AP) — The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive Bootleg Fire just north of the California border grew to more than 476 square […]

Firefighters make progress against big fires in US West

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of wildfires burned across the torrid U.S. West on Monday, but fire agencies reported some progress in corralling the flames and forecasters predicted a gradual decrease in extreme temperatures. The fires have forced evacuations in numerous areas with scattered homes and tiny communities where some burned houses and other structures […]

Texas Continues to Lead the Nation in Home Fire Deaths

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Montgomery County, February 26 – Just two months into the New Year, 566 Americans have lost their lives to fire, an average of ten deaths a day.  Last week, as the winter storm sent temperatures plummeting, Montgomery County Firefighters responded to dozens of fires which left at least 29 homes and […]

Arctic Blast leads to Dozens of Structure Fires, Carbon Monoxide emergencies across Montgomery County

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Montgomery County, February 23 – Ten days ago, as forecasters predicted a prolonged drop below freezing, Montgomery County’s Firefighters braced for an expected spike in home heating fires.  That spike began in earnest as soon as temperatures dropped last Sunday night and snow began to blanket our area. For the next […]

Fires spare Reagan library but menace homes near Los Angeles

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer zone chewed by goats. With California tinder dry and fires […]

Wind-whipped fires rage across California as lights go out

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Fast-growing fires throughout California forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed flames and fears in the state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the past two years. The dramatic fires and evacuations — near Los Angeles and in the wine […]

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The move by Pacific Gas & […]

Trump tours Paradise area, calls wildfire a ‘really bad one’

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California’s killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape. “We’re going to have to work quickly. … Hopefully this is going to be the […]

Guest Article: Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams, “Summer Season: Peak Time for Grilling Fires”

  Publisher’s Note: Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams writes some of the best press releases this newspaper has ever seen. Here’s one he issued this morning, which we’re reprinted in whole. By Jimmy Williams, Montgomery County Fire Marshal There’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill while celebrating our Country’s independence. […]