Tag Archives: Fires

Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

FALLBROOK, Calif. –  Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from six out-of-control fires that ...

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Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations around Los Angeles

The relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force more evacuations from a region where more than 200,000 people have already fled. Winds on Thursday morning topped 50 mph in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary after seeing ...

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Clearing ruins launches new phase in California fire cleanup

SONOMA, Calif. –  Rumbling bulldozers and front-loaders have started scraping up the ash, charred wood and crumbled bricks and concrete left from thousands of homes and buildings destroyed by blazes in California wine country, launching a new phase in the largest wildfire cleanup in state history. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors began the work this week in flattened, blackened ...

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Up in smoke: Wildfires scorch California pot crop at harvest

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. –  Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana plants had been destroyed, and a barn that ...

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California wildfires fed by high winds as 3 more deaths confirmed

Hundreds more people were forced to flee deadly wildfires in northern California Saturday as rising winds fanned the flames and officials confirmed that three more bodies had been found, increasing the death toll to at least 38. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office announced two more deaths there, taking their total to six. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said the 20th ...

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Californians under siege try to fight fires, find loved ones

SONOMA, Calif. –  They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the fires rage on. The communities of Northern California were preparing for another day under siege Friday, despite being driven to exhaustion by evacuations, destruction and danger amid the ...

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Dozens of high-rises fail safety tests after deadly fire – Hundreds displaced after fire ravages DC building

LONDON –  The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said. As ...

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