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M4.7 Earthquake Shakes Northern California

A light earthquake has struck in Northern California and been felt by some people in the surrounding area, but there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The quake with a preliminary 4.7 magnitude …

Damaging Southern California Fire Was Lit by Ember From Old Blaze

A destructive Southern California wildfire this fall was ignited by windblown embers from an oak that was still smoldering after an earlier fire that is believed to have started when a vehicle struck a highway flare, authorities said Monday. The …

Arizona City is Using Insurance Money to Build Itself a New City Hall

The city of Bisbee, Ariz. is using insurance money to start rebuilding the interior of its city hall after it was gutted by fire, officials said. DC Restoration, a national firm based in Mesa, has begun tearing down the interior …

California Wildfires Destroyed Part of Hewlett-Packard Archives

California’s deadliest wildfires have also destroyed an irreplaceable collection of Silicon Valley history. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that more than 100 boxes of letters and other materials from tech pioneers William Hewlett and David Packard burned in the …

California Wildfires: May Take Years for Full Recovery

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 least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said . “We don’t control …

Searing Heat Brings Fire Warnings to Southern California

The risk of wildfires will spike as triple-digit temperatures blanket parts of Southern California early this week. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says red flag warnings are in effect through Wednesday from Santa Barbara to San Diego …

California’s Wine Industry Taking Stock of Losses After Wildfires

Although still burning, the largest fires that have devastated California wine country are mostly contained, and winemakers, winery owners, and growers began taking stock this week of what they have—and haven’t—lost. The numbers are numbing: at least 42 dead, nearly …

Tornado in Oregon Damages Small Planes

Authorities say that it was a tornado that touched down south of Portland, Ore. last week overturning small airplanes, downing power lines and damaging several glass greenhouses. National Weather Service meteorologists say the tornado touched down at the Aurora State …

Losses from California Wildfires Could Reach up to $6 Billion, Experts Say

This story has been updated with the latest estimates on fire losses. The wildfires raging in California are shaping up to become an infamous if not historic event. The fires have destroyed 3,500 structures and counting, far exceeding the 2,820 …

Cal Fire: California Wildfires Have Destroyed 3,500 Structures, Killed 17

Cal Fire is reporting that 17 people are confirmed to have died in the wildfires throughout the state this week and that at least 3,500 homes and commercial structures have been destroyed by the fast-moving blazes. “Overnight fire conditions were …