Wildfires

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric's complex plan for emerging from bankruptcy may face a make or break moment during a court hearing Tuesday, April 7, 2020, that will re-examine the merits of a $13.5 billion settlement with the victims of catastrophic wildfires caused by the utility. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 07, 2020 - 7:49 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to put his stamp of approval on a letter to Northern California wildfire victims from attorneys who allege that Pacific Gas & Electric may be breaking its promises as it tries to preserve a plan for getting out of bankruptcy in an unraveling...
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In this photo made on Saturday, April 4, 2020, an aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine. The fire was still burning on Sunday, April 5, Emergency Ministry firemen kept extinguishing the fire. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)
April 06, 2020 - 8:44 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears. Police said they tracked down a person suspected of starting the blaze by setting dry grass on fire in the...
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A view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)
April 05, 2020 - 5:13 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian firefighters labored into Sunday night trying to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. Ukraine's emergencies service said one...
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In this Monday, March 30, 2020 photo, a firefighter battles a forest fire as it approaches a gas station in Xichang in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. More than a dozen of people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 30, 2020 - 10:46 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Nineteen people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday. It wasn't exactly clear when the deaths in Sichuan province occurred, but an...
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In this photo taken Feb. 18, 2020, people walk behind a Pacific Gas and Electric truck parked in San Francisco. The stock market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is raising worries that Pacific Gas & Electric's $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic wildfires may be worth far less by the time the beleaguered company emerges from bankruptcy. A lawyer who represents more than 81,000 wildfire victims flagged the escalating concerns during a Wednesday, March 25, 2020, court hearing held by conference call. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 27, 2020 - 5:14 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is warning its elaborate plan for getting out of bankruptcy might collapse if the utility can’t pay for its crimes in a deadly Northern California wildfire by taking money away from a fund set up to compensate thousands of victims for their losses...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, sheriff's deputies recover the body of a Camp Fire victim in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday, March 23, 2020, it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 84 people and decimated three towns. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
March 23, 2020 - 6:40 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that destroyed three Northern California towns and drove the nation's largest utility...
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March 16, 2020 - 3:11 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Monday won court approval to raise $23 billion to help pay its bills over destructive California wildfires after Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped his opposition to a financing package designed to help the nation's largest utility get out of bankruptcy...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday, March 10, 2020, that it has settled a dispute with disaster-relief agencies that threatened to siphon money away from a $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims of catastrophic wildfires in California caused by the nation's largest utility. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
March 10, 2020 - 4:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday that it has settled a dispute with disaster-relief agencies that threatened to siphon money away from a $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims of catastrophic wildfires in California caused by the nation's...
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Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys, for the California Department of Water Resources, right, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he and DWR's Chief of State Water Project Operations Molly White, left, and Water Resources Engineer Nathan Burley, center, cross an area normally covered in snow during the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 29 inches deep with a water content of 11.5 inches at this location. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 27, 2020 - 6:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched, as officials brace for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% of the state last week to nearly a quarter...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, stands in the driveway and looks out at the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
February 26, 2020 - 12:05 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and...
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