Officials in Colorado: Hundreds of homes likely lost in sudden, wind-fueled grass fire
Thousands were ordered evacuated from two Colorado towns Thursday after a wind-fueled grass fire quickly spread toward homes and businesses, an extreme weather event in a region that has seen unusually dry conditions in December.washingtonpost.com
GM recalling nearly 69K Bolt electric cars due to fire risk
The Chevrolet logo is displayed at a Chevrolet dealership Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. General Motors says it will recall nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DETROIT – General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. The company says it doesn't know yet what's causing the fires, but engineers are working around the clock to figure it out. The recall covers Bolts from the 2017 through 2019 model years, including nearly 51,000 in the U.S. It comes one month after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it is investigating the Bolt fires.
Police investigating fire that destroyed 4 Plymouth-Canton school buses
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Police are investigating a fire at the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Transportation yard off Lilly Road overnight Saturday. The buses were set to be decommissioned from the fleet, so the damage will not affect the bus schedule and students will not be impacted in any way, but police are still looking for those responsible for the fire that engulfed and destroyed four school buses. Who would want to set fire to not just one but four buses at the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Transportation yard? The fire seemed to have started sometime Saturday night and police are looking for the people responsible for the potential arson. The only children utilizing the vehicles as a mode of transportation to school were elementary children who are learning on a hybrid set up of in-person and virtual-learning.
Detroit firefighter back on the job after being severely burned fighting abandoned house fire
DETROIT – Doctors will say some of the most painful recoveries come in the burn unit. A Detroit firefighter just lived through a recovery and he has a unique perspective. READ: Detroit firefighters need surgery after level of burning vacant house collapsedFirefighter Mark Taylor went inside a burning vacant home to see if there was anybody inside and that’s when the roof collapsed on him. Two stories of burning roof buried Taylor and his partner. He is looking forward to Thanksgiving Day, where he hopes to march in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Metro Detroit weather: Smokey sunshine
Like yesterday, mostly sunny skies will be topped by a high-altitude layer of smoke from those western wildfires, creating a hazy layer that actually looks like a thick cirrostratus cloud deck. Lows in the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius). Mostly sunny on Wednesday…possibly more smokey sunshine, but perhaps less smoke than the first two days of the week due to the approaching cold front…with highs approaching 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius). Lows in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius). Highs Thursday will only be in the mid 60s (19 degrees Celsius) under partly cloudy skies.
Michigan DNR officer rescues elderly woman from burning home in Spring Lake
SPRING LAKE, Mich. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conversation officer rescued an elderly woman from a burning mobile home Wednesday evening in Spring Lake. According to a press release from the DNR, officer Robert Slick, who was off-duty at the time, was jogging at about 5:30 p.m. when he spotted smoke from a distance. The department is proud of Officer Slick and the gentleman who assisted him, said Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. A conservation officer is never truly off-duty and is trained to respond to situations like this.DNR officials said Slick stayed with the woman until medical personnel arrived and evaluated her. Slick has been with the DNR Law Enforcement Division since 2015 and patrols in Ottawa County.
Multiple fires caused by lightning across Oakland County
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. Several Oakland County residents were left without a home due to fires started by lightning strikes Saturday night and Sunday morning. Firefighters in Commerce Township and Walled Lake battled a two-alarm fire at condominiums on Addington Drive near Pontiac Trail, around 9 p.m. The American Red Cross helped several tenants of a Rochester Hills apartment on Galloway Court, near Butler Road Sunday. Fire crews reported they were called at about 5:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. Just hours later, firefighters battled a heavy fire at a home in Bloomfield Township, near Wing Lake Road.
Several boats catch fire at St. Clair Shores marina, smoke seen for miles
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. Several boats caught fire at a St. Clair Shores marina on Tuesday evening. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion. The fire happened near the restaurant Mikes on the Water, at Kens Marine in the 10 Mile and Jefferson Area. Just one good bang I heard, a St. Clair Shores resident in a nearby home said.
How the Forest Service is getting smarter about fires
With dozens of wildfires burning on the West Coast, the U.S. Forest Service is trying to stay ahead of the flames. The agency has sent out a special team tasked with studying the flames up close in an effort to come up with better ways to fight the fires. CBS News' Carter Evans reports.cbsnews.com