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Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires

Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco and another rural blaze that killed three people.

Off the beaten path: Seeing the other side of paradise that is Hawaii

What with most of the world in quarantine, this much is obvious: Now isn’t the right time to be taking a vacation. Especially if you have to travel on an airplane. Still, it never hurts to dream. And when I dream of places to visit in these United States, I tend to dream about Hawaii.

Paradise, by definition: Natural beauty and friendly people make Bali an idyllic destination

Browse through any travel brochure, and you’re apt to find several different definitions of the term “paradise.” Some travelers would cite the beaches of Hawaii, for example, or the vistas offered by the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. Others might mention the dunes of Morocco’s Sahara Desert, maybe, or the back trails of Montana’s Glacier National Park.

A year after deadly fire, Paradise pauses to remember

One year after the most devastating wildfire in California history mostly destroyed the town, local officials in Paradise, California, are asking people to pause for 85 seconds beginning at 11:08 a.m. – one second for every person who was killed.

Two Great Falls Chargers Stars Taking Their Game To College

Andrew Paradise and Josh Lowery will be moving out of state...Paradise to West Virginia and Lowery to North Dakota. Both players could be training with their college teams and getting ready to move, but they said that they were not going to miss this opportunity to play for the Chargers for one last summer.

From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town

Sean Newsom’s senior year of high school started with typical teenage pranks, like sticking a cup to the roof of his car with magnets just to mess with people as he drove around his small town in the Northern California mountains.

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Officials say the drinking water in Paradise, California, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene after a deadly wildfire last year. Experts say fixing the problem could cost $300 million and take up to two years. The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports Thursday that experts believe the November fire created a toxic combination of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes as residents and firefighters drew water heavily.

Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire

Joyce and Jerry McLean sifted through twisted metal and broken glass Wednesday on the property where their mobile home once stood, hoping to find precious family possessions that might have survived the devastating California wildfire that leveled Paradise.

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for and the death toll from the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century climbed to 76, authorities said Saturday, hours after President Donald Trump surveyed what remained of a decimated Northern California community.

Sheriff: California wildfire’s death toll rises to 48

Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family’s living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for Michelin. Jesus Fernandez was known as “Zeus.” They were among the first victims identified in the aftermath of the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history, an inferno blamed for at least 42 deaths, with authorities ramping up the search Tuesday for still more souls.

Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year was the worst wildfire season on record, with more than 1,700 wildfires reported – most of which started in Eastern Washington. But unlike California, Washington’s fire season typically ends in October, mostly due to colder temperatures and humidity.

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

The air thick with smoke from a ferocious wildfire that was still burning homes Saturday, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods in this Northern California town found cars incinerated and homes reduced to rubble.

At least 9 dead as fire incinerates N. California town

A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state’s most destructive fire in at least a century.