Articles by Marcio Jose Sanchez and Christopher Weber

Record 2 Million Acres Burned in California Wildfires

Wildfires have burned a record 2 million acres in California this year, and the danger for more destruction is so high the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it was closing all eight national forests in the southern half of the …

California Burns, Winds Kick up And Power Outages Follow

New wildfires ravaged California during a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people trapped by flames and ended with the state’s largest utility turning off power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent …

Earthquakes Alert Californians to Be Ready for ‘Big One’

Shaken residents are cleaning up from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. California is spending more …

Roads, Utilities Require Repair After California Quakes

Officials in two damaged desert communities worked over the weekned to repair roads and restore utilities following the largest earthquake in Southern California in nearly two decades. Ridgecrest and neighboring Trona were hit hard by the magnitude 7.1 quake that …

California’s Governor: Earthquakes Are A ‘Wake-Up Call’

The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state’s governor said as officials expressed relief that the damages weren’t worse. Gov. Gavin Newsom said …

Southern California Begins Assessing Damage From Largest Earthquake in 20 Years

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area …

Northern California Wildfires Threaten 10,000 Homes

A pair of wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatened some 10,000 homes in Northern California on Tuesday. The two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties had burned seven homes by Monday night along with some 107 square miles …

Search for Victims of California Mudslide Continues, 17 Dead

Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in Montecito, Calif. The death toll from Tuesday’s flash flood rose to 17 …