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100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Blast at BP Refinery in Indiana Sparks Fire, Shakes Homes

An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Indiana rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn’t cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said. The explosion at …

Troubled California Refinery Slated for Overhaul

Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron’s troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported. …

Serial Arsonists Likely Hitting Central California City: Chief

Fresno, Calif.’s fire chief says investigators believe serial arsonists are behind a series of blazes across the city over the past month. Chief Kerri Donis said Tuesday that fire and police investigators are studying 21 fires that have occurred since …

Hash Oil Suspected Behind Blaze at California Complex

A hash oil operation is suspected in an explosion that burned a man and several units of a Redding, Calif. apartment complex during the weekend. The Record Searchlight newspaper reported the 9:30 a.m. Sunday blast and resulting fire sent a …

Sprinkler Clause Adds Wrinkle To Minnesota Bonding Debate

When it comes to the $846 million construction borrowing package being debated at Minnesota’s┬áCapitol, many wonder if it’s it too big to fail. Or in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton, is too big to veto? Dayton threw a curveball …

$1.5 Million in Damage From Utah Blaze

A major blaze at a vacant downtown Salt Lake City, Utah apartment complex that could be seen for miles and brought onlookers from around the metro area caused at least $1.5 million in damage, fire investigators said Monday. The cause …

Wyoming Hitching Post Owners, Insurer Settle Suit

An insurance company has reached a confidential settlement agreement with the company that owns The Hitching Post Inn, the landmark Cheyenne, Wyo. hotel that lost its main lodge in an arson fire a few years ago. U.S. District Judge Nancy …

Southern California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

A wildfire burned out of control near homes in the dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains early Thursday, fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into neighborhoods in the city below. Evacuations were ordered for houses at …

Southern California Fire Danger Driven By High Winds

Red flag warnings remain posted as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds continue to buffet much of Southern California. The National Weather Service says a high-wind warning is in effect until noon Wednesday. In San Bernardino winds brought down a …