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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, …

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 …