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The Similarities Between 2 Deadly Oakland Fires Are Striking

The similarities between two deadly Oakland, Calif. fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. The …

California City Was Warned About Flood But Failed To Act, Officials Say

Water officials say authorities in San Jose, Calif.  received several warnings that flooding was imminent but failed to evacuate thousands of residents who were trapped in their homes after a creek broke its banks. John Varela, board chairman of the …

California Lawmakers Grapple with Fatal Oakland Warehouse Fire

California state lawmakers said they are grappling with a growing public safety problem in cities where financially struggling artists are illegally converting warehouses into housing and entertainment venues. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee meeting this week in Sacramento was …

California Fault Could Yield M7.4 Quake, Study Shows

An earthquake fault running from San Diego Bay to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that could affect some of the region’s most densely populated areas, according to a new study. The study looked at the Newport-Inglewood …

Oil Companies Sued by Oklahoma Tribe Over Quake

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state’s largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings. The Pawnee Nation alleges in the …

Space Heater Caused Oregon Fire That Killed 4 Kids, Official Says

A house fire in rural Oregon that killed four children and critically burned three other family members started with a portable space heater that was being used after a fireplace malfunctioned, a volunteer fire chief said. Combustible materials placed too …

California’s Troubled Oroville Dam Gets Power Plant Restart

Crews began restarting a power plant at the base of Oroville Dam, allowing them to release water from the Northern California lake without having to send it over a badly damaged spillway, officials said. The move is a major milestone …

San Jose Flooding Resulted in $73M in Damages, City Official Says

A San Jose, Calif. official says an initial estimate puts damage costs from last week’s flooding of several residential neighborhoods at $73 million. Assistant City Manager David Sykes said flood damage to private property is estimated at $50 million. He …

Washington Utility Commits to Maintain Low Levels at Lake over Quake Fears

Updated earthquake concerns for Mossyrock Dam, the tallest structure of its kind in Washington, have prompted Tacoma Power to commit to a new, reduced water level at Riffe Lake that will likely stretch well into the next decade. The Chronicle …

Colorado Wind Storm Deadly, But Not So Costly

A wind storm that recently tore through a Colorado city was deadly, but less costly than expected. The Jan. 9 wind storm caused downed trees and widespread power outages, but it didn’t make the list of Colorado Spring’s most costly …