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Battling Wildfires Harder Due to Extreme Heat in Southwest US

An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. made the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult this week, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an Arizona town known for its wineries, authorities said. Temperatures …

Report of Major California Quake a False Alarm

The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet. Seismologists said Wednesday’s automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false …

Origin & Cause Report Details Chaos in Oakland Warehouse Fire

Voices screamed out, “Fire!” Suddenly, the lights went out and it got harder to breathe. Many of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., huddled together in the dark, and that’s where they died …

Montana Deck Collapse Investigation Underway

Friends and family had gathered to celebrate the life of a Montana firefighter when the deck below their feet suddenly gave way, and they became the victims of the type of disaster to which he spent three decades responding. Nobody …

Pet Squirrel That Thwarted Idaho Home Burglary Returns to Wild

A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type. Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home’s gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier …

Recent Violations Demonstrate Crane Use Near Power Lines Risky

Recently, three Washington construction contractors were fined by the state’s Department of Labor & Industries for safety violations after a crane boom made contact with high-voltage power lines at a construction site in Seattle. An estimated 14 kilovolts traveled down …

Surging Western U.S. Rivers Raise Drowning Fears

Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years – and proving deadly as warm weather melts the deepest mountain snowpack in recent …

Investigators Say EPA Had No Rules for Working at Risky Mines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado mine that polluted rivers in three states, government investigators said Monday. The agency started work on …

Idaho Woman Wants Insurer to Pay for Leveled Home

An Idaho woman rented her home to a man she thought had plans to buy it. He instead demolished it. Shammie Fisher is fighting in court to get compensation for her ruined Boise home. Idaho Supreme Court sided with Fisher …

Arizona Blazes Grow as 2017 Wildfire Season Peaks

Multiple wildfires have prompted evacuations in southern Arizona and a highway closure in northern Arizona as the state heads into peak wildfire season. Rising temperatures, dry vegetation and lighting continue to spark fires throughout the state. Tiffany Davila, a spokeswoman …

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