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East Troublesome Fire May Signal New Era of Big Blow-Ups

DENVER (AP) — Grand Lake Fire Marshal Dan Mayer never thought the East Troublesome Fire would make it to town. On the morning of Oct. 21, 2020, the fire was still about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from the vacation …

Fierce California Winds Fan Fires, Topple Trees and Trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up …

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 …

Florida Declares Emergency On Coast as Hurricane Isaias Barrels Toward State

MIAMI — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for counties on the Atlantic coast with Hurricane Isaias expected to hit the state as early as this evening before moving up north into early next week. …

Weather Unfavorable on Northern California Fire Lines

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters and aircraft worked Tuesday to halt the spread of two forest fires in rural northeastern California as unstable weather brought the risk of gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. The Gold …

Hundreds Evacuated as Wildfires Rage in Florida Panhandle

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes, authorities said. A more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. …

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico’s trees — and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a previously unsuspected key factor. The …

PG&E Cutting Power to 150,000 Customers in New Mass Blackout

PG&E Corp. is moving forward on cutting power to about 150,000 customers starting early Wednesday in the latest mass blackout designed to keep its power lines from igniting wildfires. The bankrupt utility is shutting off service to homes and businesses …

PG&E Warns 750,000 Californians More Blackouts May be Near

California utility giant PG&E Corp. said it may cut the lights to more than 750,000 people across Northern California as the National Weather Service posted “red flag” warnings for high winds across the region. The bankrupt power company said Tuesday …

Remnants Of Olga Push into Mississippi, Leaving Damage

JACKSON, Miss. — What’s left of Tropical Storm Olga was causing soggy conditions in Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday and dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at New Orleans’ main airport after two power outages. There were no reports …