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Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

September 10, 2022 6:19 pm Source: CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency with temperatures expected to be 10 to 20 degrees above normal, and urged people…

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Sheriff: 2 Dead in Northern CA Wildfire

September 6, 2022 4:01 pm Source: An overturned walker and wheelchair are seen near a home destroyed by the Mill Fire in Weed, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via AP) WEED, Calif. (AP) — Two people have died in a blaze that ripped through a Northern California town, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue….

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CAL FIRE to Staff Strike Teams with National Guard Soldiers

August 19, 2022 12:47 pm Source: California is launching a program where strike teams will be staffed with National Guard soldiers. The program will rollout this summer, and is starting with five new brush trucks just delivered to the agency. Four man teams of National Guard soldiers are now being trained to staff those vehicles, with the goal…

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Deadly CA Wildfire Wipes Out Scenic River Town

August 3, 2022 2:27 pm Source: By HAVEN DALEY and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) — Roger Derry, 80, and his son have lived together in the tiny scenic hamlet of Klamath River in Northern California for more than 40 years. They know most of the town’s 200 or so residents. Now, they’re one of…

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Western Flames Spread, CA Sees Its Largest 2022 Fire

August 1, 2022 12:27 pm Source: By NOAH BERGER Associated Press YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that created the potential for additional fire growth Sunday as they sought to protect remote communities. The McKinney Fire was burning out of control in…

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Chief: Bottle-Magnified Sunlight Ignited Possum Kingdom (TX) Fire

July 29, 2022 3:15 pm Source: By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press Sunlight magnified by glass bottles in an open garbage can ignited paper trash, starting a 500-acre (200-hectare) North Texas wildfire that destroyed five homes, fire officials said Thursday. The July 18 fire on Possum Kingdom Lake’s western shore, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Fort Worth,…

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CA Oak Fire Extends to 18,000 Acres; 18% Contained as 3,000 Firefighters Battle It

July 27, 2022 3:08 pm Source: Jordan Parker – San Francisco Chronicle Jul. 27—The wildfire burning just west of Yosemite National Park near Midpines in Mariposa County grew by over 500 acres throughout Tuesday, measuring at just over 18,532 acres with 32% containment as of Wednesday morning. The Oak Fire in Mariposa County has burned down 55 structures and threatened over…

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Northern CA Wildfire Threatens 500 Buildings

June 29, 2022 2:22 pm Source: BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that erupted in Northern California forced evacuations as it threatened about 500 homes and other buildings Tuesday, authorities said. The Rices Fire erupted at around 2 p.m. near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 500 acres (202 hectares) by nightfall,…

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Wildfire Threatens Unspoiled GA Island Rich in History

June 24, 2022 2:59 pm Source:   By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded human…

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Warm, Dry, Breezy Weather to Challenge Fire Crews in AZ

June 16, 2022 6:56 pm Source: FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews battling a pair of wildfires in northern Arizona were expecting some growth Thursday because of warm, dry and breezy conditions, officials said. Both blazes were moving through grass, brush and pine trees on the northern outskirts of Flagstaff, a mountainous city that’s home to Northern Arizona…

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