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Air Quality Plummets as Wildfire Smoke Hits Alaska’s Most Populous Cities

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a …

Brush Fire Evacuation Closes 2 Southern Calif. Amusement Parks

LOS ANGELES — A brush fire raging along a Southern California riverbed prompted the evacuation of two nearby amusement parks on Sunday, but no homes were threatened and no serious injuries were reported, authorities said. The blaze erupted at about …

Parts of Ohio Hospital Evacuated Because of Smoke

Authorities say an electrical fire led to part of a western Ohio hospital being evacuated on New Year’s Day and a firefighter treated for injuries. Dayton fire officials say it happened at about 5:30 p.m. when a fire started inside …

Heat and Smoke Make Things Miserable in California

Sweltering heat and a blanket of smoke from California wildfires are making it a miserable week for Sacramento residents. The Sacramento Bee says wildfires burning in most every direction are sending smoke into the region. Day care centers are keeping …

Fire Damages New Hampshire Sorority House

Fire officials say no one was injured in an evening blaze at a Dartmouth College sorority house in New Hampshire. The Hanover Fire Department said a house member at Epsilon Kappa Theta discovered the fire before 6 p.m. Saturday and …

Electrical Fire at Florida Convention Center

Authorities are investigating after an electrical fire filled the penthouse of the Orange County Convention Center with smoke. Firefighters arrived late Saturday night after reports that smoke was filling the fourth floor. Because the building is so large, it took …

Fire in San Antonio Airport Terminal, Nobody Hurt

Investigators say nobody has been hurt in a small electrical fire in the basement of a terminal at San Antonio International Airport. An airport spokesman says operations were back to normal Tuesday. Rich Johnson says the fire, reported around 10:30 …

‘Miracle’ at Castle Rock, Wash. Church Defies Arson

The pastor of the United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, Wash., says it’s a miracle her church survived an attempted arson in which fires were set in six places in the building. Fires were started early Sunday on artificial flowers, …

Hundreds Displaced by Fire at Illinois Health Facility

An early morning fire has forced the evacuation of about 400 residents of a mental health facility in the Chicago suburb of Robbins. Robbins Fire Chief Charles Lloyd Jr. says the fire that broke out at the Lydia Healthcare Center …

Smoke Bomb at Florida Haunted House Injures 3

Authorities say at least three people suffered minor injuries when a smoke bomb went off in a haunted house in the Florida Panhandle. Panama City Police Sgt. David Blaich told The News Herald that at least two females suffered smoke …