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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 Capitol, 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 …

Crude Oil Train in North Dakota Catches Fire After Derailing

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying oil caught fire after a collision with railcars in North Dakota, causing a series of explosions that prompted police to urge local residents to evacuate the area. There were no injuries to the train …

Wildfire in California’s Big Sur 79% Contained

Rain and higher humidity on Thursday helped firefighters battling a wildfire in California’s Big Sur region that has destroyed an estimated 22 homes. The fire in the Los Padres National Forest was 79 percent contained, up 5 percent from the …

Chevron Refinery Fire Blamed by Agency on Ignored Warnings

The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, Calif., last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report …