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Firefighters Work to Stop Nebraska Wildfire That’s Killed 1

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters were taking advantage of higher humidity and calmer winds Monday to work toward containing a wildfire in rural southwestern Nebraska that has killed one person, injured at least 15 firefighters and destroyed at least six …

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park Burns Hundreds of Acres

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in 4 that has already burned hundreds of acres. Meanwhile the N.C. Forest Service announced Monday a ban on all open burning and has …

Forecasters Say Much of the Dakotas Could Be in for Drought

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Snowfall in the region earlier this week was a welcome sight, falling on parched ground throughout the area. However, much more moisture is needed to alleviate drought conditions that prevail from border to border in North …

Southern California Could Have Cold Turkey From Power Shutoffs

Dry, gusty winds have raised a critical fire threat, prompting Edison International to threaten to cut power to more than 76,000 Southern California homes and businesses just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. A weather front that’s rushing south Wednesday …

Big Power Shutoffs in California as Winds Boost Fire Danger

SAN FRANCISCO — Large swaths of California had no electricity Monday as utilities tried to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires while the fire-weary state was buffeted by powerful winds and dangerously dry weather conditions. About 300,000 power …

Torrid Heat Creates Tinderbox Conditions in Tennessee

Tennessee is seeing dry conditions that normally don’t develop until late summer and the wildfire danger is increasing. State Forestry Division officials report an increase in the number of fire calls – both those the state responds to and those …

Arson Fire Heavily Damages Maryland Church

Baltimore County fire officials say a blaze that dry conditions and wind help spread at a church was deliberately set. The three-alarm blaze caused about $400,000 in damage to Pleasant Zion Baptist Church in Dundalk. Investigators say the fire was …