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How A Dry Spell Allowed Winds to Lash California With Flames

The hot, dry Santa Ana winds whipping up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell. The combination of savage Santa Anas and tinder-dry plants have ignited …

Southern California Fires Prompt Evacuations of Thousands from Homes

Ferocious Santa Ana winds raking Southern California whipped explosive wildfires Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes. The biggest blaze broke out Monday in Ventura County and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles in the hours that …

California Seeking $4.4B in Federal Aid for Wildfires

California’s 53 U.S. House members are requesting $4.4 billion in federal aid to help the state recover from its deadliest wildfires ever. That’s down sharply from the $7.4 billion originally sought by Gov. Jerry Brown and California Democrats last month. …

Emergency Response to Vegas Shooting Projected at $4M

The costs of emergency police, fire and other services related to the Las Vegas shooting massacre were projected Wednesday at about $4 million and climbing. The disclosure came amid pledges by the federal government to provide $1 million, and from …

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 …

Wildfires Ravage California’s Iconic Wine Country Region

Wildfires that tore through northern California’s iconic wine-growing regions have prompted evacuations of more than 20,000 people, killed 11 and damaged some of the most valuable vineyards and wineries in the U.S. Blazes are sweeping through one of the state’s …

Western U.S. Wildfires Force Evacuations of Thousands

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat. The fires caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to …

Evacuations Ordered for Hundreds of Residents in California, Oregon

Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town of Sisters, Oregon, …

New Orleans Council Planning to Study Drainage After Massive Flooding

As New Orleans dried out from torrential rains that flooded areas for the second time in two weeks, the City Council called a special meeting to review the drainage system and warning processes. Council President Jason Williams said he plans …

Scientists Use Tsunami Research to Help Alaska Communities Prepare

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been looking into the science behind tsunami risk for Alaska’s coastal communities. Tsunami modelers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Elena Suleimani and Dmitry Nicolsky, recently shared their discoveries with …