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California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren’t Ready

A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And most people aren’t ready. The plan by PG&E Corp. comes after the bankrupt utility said …

California Faces to Deter Disaster as Towns Face Fire Risk

SACRAMENTO, California — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next …

Less Severe Wildfire Season Expected in 2016

The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday. But parts of the nation should expect a …

Wyoming Reports Light Wildfire Season

Wyoming saw a pretty quiet wildfire season this year. State Forester Bill Crapser says the total number of fires and acreage burned in the state this year is still being compiled. But Crapser says the state firefighting helicopter saw below …

Colorado Lawmakers Won’t Pursue Building Code for Fires

Colorado lawmakers looking ahead to the next fire season after a historic year are shying away from statewide building requirements. Instead, they’re considering tax credits to encourage mitigation and more assistance to firefighters. Lawmakers say opposition from municipalities led to …

Oregon Wildfire Cameras to Keep Eye on Problem Areas

A pair of webcams installed above Lake Chinook will give Central Oregon its first fire lookout cameras. The high-tech images will be accessible to local firefighters on their laptops or phones. The Bend Bulletin reports the cameras provide a 360-degree …