Wildfires

AP
May 31, 2019 - 7:06 am
California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise. Utilities' liability...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has received approval to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's power lines. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's "wildfire assistance program" on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
May 22, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. received approval Wednesday to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's equipment. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's wildfire assistance...
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Margaret Carrero
May 20, 2019 - 8:30 am
(KNX 1070) - The Trump Administration is threatening to cut millions of dollars in federal aid for fire departments in California. The US Forest Service says that the state is over-billing for help under an agreement signed in 2015. But the Cal Fire chief disputes that and says the extra cash is...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2018 file photo a home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif. California fire authorities say that Pacific Gas and Electric equipment was responsible for the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Cal Fire said in a press release issued Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that electrical transmission lines in the Pulga area sparked the Nov. 8 fire that wiped out most of the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)
May 15, 2019 - 5:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-...
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Ameera Butt
May 09, 2019 - 7:36 am
Power companies say they need to raise rates as much as 15 percent. State lawmakers are looking into what, if anything, they can do about it. California's investor-owned utilities like SoCal Edison and PG&E are strapped for cash. Their solution: rate increases. PG&E is in bankruptcy and...
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May 08, 2019 - 1:55 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and two Southern...
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Associated Press
May 02, 2019 - 11:48 am
The forecast for our wildfire season this summer is ominous. The prediction comes from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The center's Brian Henry says that we could get serious fires from as early as next month: "...Long range models, in fact, all of them have shown for a couple...
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April 29, 2019 - 2:37 am
LONDON (AP) — British firefighters are tackling a blaze in the woodland that inspired "Winnie-the-Pooh." East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were called Sunday evening to a blaze in southern England's Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's children's...
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April 19, 2019 - 5:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in eastern Germany are canceling plans for traditional Easter bonfires because warm, dry weather has increased the risk of wildfires. Firefighters managed to control a forest fire in Koenigs Wusterhausen near Berlin early Friday, one of several in the eastern state of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, trees reflect in a swimming pool outside Erica Hail's Paradise, Calif., home, which burned during the Camp Fire. Water officials say the drinking water in Paradise, which was decimated by a wildfire last year, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene. Fixing the problem could cost $300 million and take up to two years. The Sacramento Bee reports Thursday, April 18, 2019, experts believe the extreme heat of the November firestorm created a "toxic cocktail" of gases in burning homes that was sucked into water pipes when the system depressurized. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
April 18, 2019 - 12:56 pm
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, water officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...
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