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Crew on Boat Where Fire Killed 34 in California Had No Emergency Training

Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according …

Bad Air From Western Wildfires Just Won’t Ease up

Relief from putrid, dangerous air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won’t come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer. People in Oregon, …

Strong Winds Kick up Pacific Northwest Wildfires

Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures kicked up wildfires across parts of the Pacific Northwest over the Labor Day weekend, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington. “Today alone, almost 300,000 …

Firefighter Killed at Scene of California Wildfire

A firefighter was killed and another injured Monday battling a wildfire in the Northern California forest, authorities said. The firefighter was killed in Mendocino National Forest north of San Francisco, where a wildfire that started on Aug. 17 was 20% …

Fire Crews in California Battling Blazes in Extreme Heat

California firefighters battled destructive wildfires Monday as a lengthening heat wave roasted the state. Thousands of homes were at risk and air quality deteriorated in areas affected by smoke. The National Weather Service blanketed the state in warnings of excessive …

California Wildfires Burning Amid High Risk of Large Blazes

Dry vegetation fueled three wildfires near Los Angeles amid warnings Friday that the risk of new blazes erupting was high as temperatures spike and humidity levels drop during a statewide heat wave. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north …

Officials: Vehicle Malfunction Sparked Southern California Wildfire

A wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles that has forced thousands of people from their homes was sparked by a malfunctioning diesel vehicle, fire officials said Monday. The vehicle spewed burning carbon from its exhaust system, igniting several fires …

Thousands Evacuated in Wake of Growing Southern California Wildfire

Evacuation orders remained in place early Monday for thousands of people after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size and forced crews to battle flames in triple-digit heat. The Apple Fire in Riverside County consumed more …

California Firefighters Battling Blazes in North and South

California firefighters are battling large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties. A fire that has burned more than 2.3 square miles north of Gilroy was 15% contained as of Monday, and a smaller fire east of Morgan Hill …

Oregon Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Coos County

A drought declaration passed by Coos County Commissioners has been approved by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. The governor’s declaration, which expires Dec. 31, will authorize state agencies to expedite water management tools for local officials to quickly start mitigation activities, …