Wildfires

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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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In this Sunday, April 7, 2019, photo Lame Deer, Mont., residents watch as a fire races across a field on the edge of town. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)
April 08, 2019 - 5:58 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for round two of an unusual weather phenomenon. Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the...
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, a house burns in Goseong, South Korea. The fire likely started Thursday night from a transformer spark near a resort in the town of Goseong in Gangwon province about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Seoul and then spread to the nearby mountains, according to Choi Jin-ho, a fire captain at Gangwon Fire Headquarters. (Lee Jong-geun/Yonhap via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 8:33 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Firefighters by Friday morning had extinguished large parts of a forest fire burning in the mountainous South Korean region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. It has destroyed 120 homes, forced thousands to flee, and killed one person, with another dying because of a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif. The massively expensive wildfires in 2017-2018 have prompted the creation of a five-member board, that met Wednesday April 3, 2019, to continue to consider who should pay for the increasingly destructive and costly wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
April 03, 2019 - 6:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials were struggling Wednesday to find ways for homeowners to afford insurance in fire-prone areas of California and for utilities to survive liability from devastating wildfires that threaten to worsen with climate change. One option on the table is the creation of a...
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April 03, 2019 - 5:10 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After an exceptionally dry winter and weeks of unseasonably high temperatures, Portugal is assembling a record number of firefighters and water-dropping aircraft as it braces for a potentially difficult wildfire season. The Interior Ministry says Wednesday that almost 11,500...
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