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Most Alaska Wildland Fire Crews Fighting Blazes Beyond State

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Most of Alaska’s wildland fire crews are helping fight fires in the continental U.S., including western blazes that have triggered evacuations of thousands of people, officials said. U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said 450 …

Fire-Related Power Cuts Spread Outside California for First Time

It’s no longer just California shutting off power in high-risk fire zones. Oregon’s Portland General Electric Co. on Monday temporarily turned off power for about 5,000 customers near Mt. Hood, as California utility giant PG&E Corp. did the same in …

Worst-Ever Arctic Fires Released Record Amount of CO2

The Arctic has experienced the worst fire season on record for the second year in a row, with giant wildfires sending over one third more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than last year. Fires raging across the Arctic Circle emitted …

California Beset With Fires and Virus Sells $2.4 Billion in Debt

Last September, California entered its bi-annual bond sale flush with a ratings upgrade from Fitch Ratings and a $21 billion budget surplus. A year later, California kicks off its fall debt sales under dramatically different circumstances. Wildfires scorching thousands of …

Australian Wildfires Fan Argument Over Impact of Arsonists

CANBERRA, Australia — What’s to blame for scores of wildfires devastating Australia’s southeast? There’s an increasingly bitter face-off between those who say arson and those who fault climate change. Each side has powerful backers and their weapons of choice are …

Wildfire Emergency Declared as Heatwave Grips Australia

Australia’s most-populous state has declared an emergency as a heatwave that’s produced the hottest day on record exacerbates devastating bushfires. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned of extreme wind conditions and surging temperatures that would make efforts to battle …

Sydney Choked by Hazardous Haze From Australia Bush Fires

SYDNEY — Wildfires engulfed the Australian city of Sydney on Tuesday in haze so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the level considered “hazardous,” and was apt to trigger fire alarms. The city canceled ferries and …

Public Lands Commissioner Proposes Fund to Fight Wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. Money for the fund will come from …

Viewpoint: Living With Fire

Hundreds of thousands of Californians have been forced to flee their homes. Millions have endured power outages. Fff could reach billions of dollars. It could have been worse: So far not a single person has died, unlike last year, the …

Mass Blackouts Across California Are Coming to an End — For Now

A series of deliberate blackouts that affected millions of Californians this month is coming to an end. But wildfire season is far from over. Fierce winds that sweep in from the east each fall can whiplash the state through December, …