California’s largest wildland fire started by hammer sparks

U.S. 06/06/19, 17:23

Sparks from a hammer driving a metal stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became the largest wildland fire in state history, officials said Thursday.The blaze started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by dry vegetation, strong ...

Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

Enviroment 02/14/19, 20:41

Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll.The palm oil and pulp wood companies involved in fires owe more than ...

Report: Fewer trees died off in California in 2018

U.S. 02/11/19, 17:42

Federal forestry officials say the die-off of trees in California forests slowed in 2018 thanks in part to the state receiving more rain.But the U.S. Forest Service warned Monday that dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and infrastructure, especially in the central and southern Sierra Nevada regions ...

Photos: Furloughed government worker juggles odd jobs

U.S. 01/24/19, 13:36

Furloughed U.S. Forest Service worker Chris George has never been busier.He scrambles daily to do handywork and small remodeling jobs at homes in the hardscrabble desert town of Hemet, east of Los Angeles. In between, he works for Lyft, spending up to 10 hours in the car just to make ...

Report details firefighters’ harrowing work in Paradise

U.S. 12/14/18, 16:39

A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. The report released Thursday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp Fire overtook three firefighters working to stop the blaze Nov. 8. It ...

California fire chief: State must adapt to new wildfire norm

U.S. 12/11/18, 14:02

California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The ...

Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

U.S. 11/25/18, 11:29

A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California is finally containedSteven McKnight, right, and Daniel Hansen saw through large pieces of sheet metal so they can be moved to allow cadaver dogs to search beneath them for signs of human remains at ...

Rain helps nearly extinguish deadly California wildfire

U.S. 11/23/18, 10:55

Officials in California say rain has helped nearly extinguish the nation's deadliest wildfire in the past century.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that the fire that's destroyed the town of Paradise is 95 percent contained.FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 file photo smoke hangs ...

Update: Rain helps fight against deadly California blaze

U.S. 11/22/18, 12:32

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):9:30 a.m.Fire officials say rain is helping the fight against the deadliest blaze in California in the past century.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the fire that leveled Paradise is 90 percent contained two weeks after it started.Mick Zalis ...

Update: Crews make progress with N. California wildfire

U.S. 11/20/18, 11:11

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):9 a.m.Smoke and haze from wildfires hovers over Russian Hill Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Fire officials say firefighters have gained ground against a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 79 people.The California The California Department of Forestry ...

Update: Crews boost containment of California wildfire

U.S. 11/19/18, 10:39

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:20 a.m. Volunteer members of an El Dorado County search and rescue team search the ruins of a home, looking for human remains, in Paradise, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, following a Northern California wildfire. (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala) Fire officials say the Northern California wildfire ...

Update: Fire crews in California brace for high winds

U.S. 11/17/18, 12:47

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):9:45 a.m.Firefighters are racing against time to contain the massive Northern California wildfire as they prepare for a high winds that are expected to heighten fire danger.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says fire crews are strengthening containment lines and watching ...

Update: Rain predicted for North California fire zone

U.S. 11/16/18, 11:12

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):8:10 a.m.Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Dozens of people died and perhaps several hundred are unaccounted for in the nation's deadliest wildfire in a ...

Update: Cool weather aids fight of North California fire

U.S. 11/15/18, 10:49

The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):7:45 a.m.Search and rescue workers rest after looking for bodies of Camp Fire victims at the Holly Hills Mobile Estates on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Thousands of homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular ...

Update: Deadly Northern California fire grows overnight

U.S. 11/10/18, 11:48

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:45 a.m. Firefighters work on a controlled burn at a wildfire, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher) Officials say a deadly blaze that leveled a Northern California town has spread overnight but crews also got some control of the flames. The California ...

Update: Northern California blaze nears city of 90,000

U.S. 11/09/18, 10:19

The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and ...

Officials: Power lines ignited fatal blaze in California

U.S. 10/09/18, 11:01

Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter, officials said Tuesday.The finding adds to the growing financial liability of PG&E over wildfires in the state.Its equipment has been blamed for starting ...

Onondaga County executive stepping down for job with state

New York 09/24/18, 11:03

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says she'll step down before her term ends to take a job with New York state.The 53-year-old Republican announced Monday morning that she'll soon resign as the top elected official in the county, which includes the city of Syracuse.Mahoney says she has accepted a job ...

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