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Winds Feed California’s Largest Fire as Blazes Scorch West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — It could be days before officials will be able to assess the damage done to a small town by California’s largest wildfire, one of dozens of blazes scorching lands across the U.S. West. Over the …

California’s Largest Fire Torches Homes as Blazes Lash West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already …

Court: California Can Expand Insurance for Wildfire Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s insurance commissioner can order the “insurer of last resort” to offer more options for homeowners who can’t buy traditional coverage because they live in areas threatened by wildfires, a judge ruled. Massive wildfires in recent …

California Tests Off-the-Grid Solutions to Power Outages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a wildfire tore through Briceburg nearly two years ago, the tiny community on the edge of Yosemite National Park lost the only power line connecting it to the electrical grid. Rather than rebuilding poles and …

Yabba Dabba Dispute Resolved. Fred Flintstone Can Stay

HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Fred Flintstone fought the law — and he won. Technically, the owner of the fanciful Flintstones house in a posh San Francisco suburb settled a lawsuit with the town of Hillsborough. But the agreement will allow …

Insurance at Peril For Many in California’s Risky Fire Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California’s wildfire season looms, threatening once again to break records for destruction, tens of thousands of rural homeowners risk facing the flames without enough insurance to rebuild if their homes burn. Insurers have been taking …

California Firefighters Work to Contain Large Forest Fire

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — California’s weather moderated Monday after a long siege of extreme heat but firefighters still faced the difficult task of trying to contain a large forest fire in rugged coastal mountains south of Big Sur. The …

California Urges Power Conservation Amid Heat Wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s power grid operator called for voluntary energy conservation on Thursday as the state sweltered under a heat wave that has blanketed the West and brought dangerously high temperatures to many areas. The California Independent System …

California Farmers Told Drought Could Cut Off Their Water

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of Central California farmers were warned Tuesday that they could face water cutoffs this summer as the state deals with a drought that already has curtailed federal and state irrigation supplies. The State Water Resources …

Brutal Heatwave to Descend on U.S. West, Prompting Fire Warnings

LOS ANGELES — A heatwave already punishing parts of the U.S. Southwest on Monday was expected to move into California this week, prompting the forecasters to warn of health and fire dangers. A high-pressure ridge that built over southwestern deserts …