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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Hundreds flee Northern California wildfire amid blackouts

A wildfire has exploded in size in Northern California amid dangerously windy weather that has caused Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut power to thousands to prevent fires.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Blackout Round 2? Californians brace for possible outage

Hundreds of thousands of Northern California residents braced for another possible power outage as the state’s largest utility warned that a return of dangerous fire weather could prompt shut-offs


Firefighters taming Southern California blaze as winds fade

Firefighters aided by diminishing winds are taming a Southern California wildfire that damaged or destroyed 30 structures along the northern edge of the city.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Flooding hits Northern California area scarred by wildfire

Flash flooding hit a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California on Thursday, forcing officials to deploy swift water rescue teams to save people stuck in vehicles and rescue them from homes …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017

Officials lift most California wildfire evacuations

VENTURA, Calif. – The worst appears to be over for a massive wildfire that plagued a wide swath of the Southern California coast for 2 1/2 weeks. The last mandatory …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow

Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands …


Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

California wildfires force L.A. Rams to hold practice indoors

The Los Angeles Rams decided not to practice outdoors due to poor air quality around their training complex in Ventura County. A wildfire 25 miles away has burned more than …


Man dies of injuries, raising California wildfires death toll to 44

A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries, raising the death toll to 44.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

San Francisco utility sued for rash of deadly wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was blamed in three lawsuits filed Tuesday for negligence in the wildfires that killed more than 40 people and destroyed over 8,000 homes in Northern …


Fires destroy part of Hewlett-Packard archives

California’s deadly wildfires destroyed much of an archive from tech pioneers William Hewlett and David Packard, such as a decades-old memo in which Hewlett proposes designing a calculator that can …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Northern California may need years to recover from wildfires

Sonoma County officials said Saturday it will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

Utilities delayed effort to map power line risk to wildfires

Two days before the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in California history, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and other utilities won the latest in a long series of delays to map …


Wildfires scorched marijuana crops, possibly complicating California’s rollout of legal sales

The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

Idaho inmate fighting California wildfires back in custody

An Idaho inmate who went missing for three hours Friday after authorities say he walked away from an inmate fire crew battling a California wildfire is back in custody.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving Santa Rosa, a city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

After days of wind gusts that constantly fanned the fires, lighter wind offered a chance for crews to make greater gains, and thousands more people were allowed to go home …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

At Sonoma County Animal Services, veterinarians and assistants are caring for 64 cats and 44 dogs, nearly all of them brought in from fire zones. Cats generally have the most …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s widow flees California wildfire, home destroyed

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The widow of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip, escaped the fire racing through Santa Rosa this week, but the hillside …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Pac-12 tracking regional air quality ahead of Friday’s game between Cal, Washington State

For the second time this season, regional air quality has emerged as a leading storyline in the days ahead of a Washington State football game.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires

Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed …


Southern California wildfire evacuees allowed to return home

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove thousands from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return. …


7 square miles burn in Southern California mountains

Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as California’s latest big wildfire chewed through timber …


Most evacuations canceled for Southern California wildfire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – An unpredictable wildfire that destroyed more than a dozen houses filled skies north of Los Angeles with smoke Monday after driving thousands from their homes. Some …


Heat wave eases on California fire lines

Firefighters worked to make gains against Southern California wildfires as an intense heat wave eased slightly Tuesday, but officials warned nearby communities to stay alert and obey any evacuation orders.