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Report on Electric Storage Explosion Highlights Danger of a Growing Technology

An investigation into the cause of an explosion at an Arizona energy storage facility that injured four firefighters confirms what engineers had feared: Packing lithium-ion batteries tightly together can spark a chain reaction that can cause catastrophic damage and endanger …

Coronavirus Challenging For Crews Fighting Arizona Wildfires

PHOENIX — This year’s wildfire season has been an extra challenging one for firefighters. Not only have crews had to battle some massive fires around Arizona, they have had to deal with changes in their routine due to the COVID-19 …

Firefighters Combat Blazes in Central and Northern California

COALINGA, Calif. — More than 900 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers battled a wildfire in a rural area of Central California on Thursday. The fire in the Diablo Range west of the Fresno County city of Coalinga grew …

21 Injured in Fire Aboard Ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Firefighters on land, in the air and on the water on Monday were still battling a blaze on a Navy ship that injured at least 21 people and sent smoke billowing over San Diego. The fire began …

California Crews Scramble to Douse Blazes From Fireworks

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks across California. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Francisco …

California, Nevada Crews Scramble to Douse Blazes from Fireworks

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks in California’s Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 …

Wildfires Burn in California and Arizona, Residents Return After Utah Blaze

NILAND, Calif. — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. In the meantime, residents who evacuated because of a wildfire in Utah …

Thousands Fight Wildfires in National Forests Across Arizona

PHOENIX — More than 2,000 firefighters on Saturday battled three major wildfires burning in forested mountains and desert hills in national forests across Arizona. Crews fought fires in the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest overlooking Tucson, in …

Some Residents of Queen Valley Evacuated by Growing Wildfire

QUEEN VALLEY, Ariz. — An evacuation order was issued Tuesday for some residents of Queen Valley east of Phoenix as crews continued to battle a lightning-caused wildfire. Tonto National Forest officials said the fire had burned nearly 33 square miles …

Probe Into LA Explosion Begins as Firefighters Recover

LOS ANGELES — Investigators on Monday began combing the wreckage of a fire and explosion at a downtown Los Angeles vape and marijuana accessories wholesaler to determine its cause as 12 injured firefighters started the long process of recovery. Seven …