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PG&E Warns of Power Shutoffs as California Becomes Tinderbox

Bankrupt utility owner PG&E Corp. issued an unprecedented warning that it may cut power in almost 30 California counties to avoid wildfires as hot, arid winds leave the region dry as a tinderbox. The move may affect more than 600,000 …

Dry Southern California Weather Raises Fire Danger

Red flag warnings for fire danger are in effect for parts of Southern California due to gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity levels. The National Weather Service says surface high pressure over the Great Basin is bringing warm …

Rapid City Lowers Fire Danger After Record-Setting Rainfall

September rainfall in western South Dakota broke a century-old Rapid City record, according to the National Weather Service. About 5.2 inches of rain was recorded by the National Weather Service’s downtown rain gauge during the month, the Rapid City Journal …

Bush Fires May Lead to “Mega-Fire” Threat to Sydney: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Thursday, October 17, bushfires exacerbated by hot, dry, and windy conditions spread across the state of New South Wales, where authorities declared a state of emergency on Sunday. Bushfires are common during …

Fire Risk Rises Again in Northern Michigan

The fire danger is on the rise in northern Michigan again, one year after a blaze destroyed 31 square miles of forest and marshland in the Upper Peninsula. The Duck Lake fire was the largest of many wildfires that struck …

Fort Collins Police Warn of Burglary Fire Danger

Fort Collins, Colo., police are warning residents to lock their doors after two separate homes along a Fort Collins street were burglarized and had gas left on inside. According to KUSA-TV, one victim says she found her stove alight when …

Texas Meth Lab Operators Undeterred by Fire Danger

An arrest on Friday marked the 14th methamphetamine lab broken up in the last three months by Liberty County law-enforcers. The Houston Chronicle reports that meth labs in the southeastern Texas county have become a serious problem, and operators of …