Fires

August 18, 2018 - 3:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. Napa Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd tells the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday that there wasn't enough time before the legislative...
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August 18, 2018 - 12:20 pm
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and officials say Indian troops have killed a Pakistani villager and wounded two others in "unprovoked firing" in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. In a statement, the ministry said it summoned an Indian diplomat Saturday to lodge a protest...
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FILE - This combination of June 2017 file booking photos provided by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Max Harris, left, and Derick Almena, at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. A Northern California district attorney has told a judge she will no longer consider plea deals for Harris and Almena, charged in a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, a day before the two men are scheduled to return to court. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
August 17, 2018 - 1:16 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The grieving families of 36 people killed in a Northern California 2016 warehouse fire who helped scuttle a plea bargain may now see their demand for a jury trial granted. After hearing two days of emotional testimony last week, Judge James Cramer said he couldn't accept a plea...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, crew workers walk behind debris from a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 16, 2018 - 6:13 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on...
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This Aug. 10, 2018 photo shows a memorial for Jeremy Stoke of the Redding Fire Department, in Redding, Calif. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says in a report that Redding firefighter Stoke, 37, died July 26, 2018, after he was enveloped in seconds by a fire tornado with a base the size of three football fields and winds up to 165 miles an hour. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 16, 2018 - 4:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of...
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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, joined at right by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., discuss ways to improve the health of the forests and how to reduce wildfires, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 16, 2018 - 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires continue to choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo, Rachel Pilli poses at the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Redding, Calif. A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received hundreds of cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel Pilli posted a message Sunday on Facebook offering to forward compassionate messages to the couple. (Jessica Skropanic/Record Searchlight via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 3:43 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A couple whose flattened trailer tire accidentally started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after...
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
August 14, 2018 - 5:55 pm
Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks. Park officials also advised...
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Draper Battalion Chiefs Bart Vawdrey and Kevin Holt listen during a press conference in Draper, Utah, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett died battling the largest recorded wildfire in California history. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 2:38 pm
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from his state to help battle record-setting blazes in California. Burchett died Monday night while fighting the largest blaze in...
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A nursing home building smolders after fire in which at least ten elderly persons died, in Chiguayante, Chile, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. At least Ten elderly persons died in the voracious fire that destroyed the bedroom in which they rested, informed the governor of Bío Bio, Jorge Ulloa. (Alejandro Zonez/Aton Chile via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 11:14 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A fire swept through a nursing home in southern Chile on Tuesday, killing 10 elderly women, officials said. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire that broke out at around 3 a.m. in the women's dormitory at the Santa Marta nursing home in Chiguayante,...
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