Tag Archives: Fires

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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London high-rise fire: May orders public investigation as death toll rises to 17

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday ordered a full public investigation into the London high-rise fire that killed at least 17 people, a toll that was likely to rise.  May made her announcement after she toured the devastation. She earlier had promised a “proper investigation” to the cause of the fire.  Forty-four households received emergency accommodation. Investigators said they ...

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Atlanta I-85 bridge destroyed in fire expected to open in June

The portion of Atlanta’s Interstate 85 that was destroyed in a fire last week could be rebuilt and open as early as mid-June, officials from the Georgia Department of Transportation said.  “It is our expectation that the bridge will be reopened in fewer than 10 weeks, or say June 15,” GDOT’s Director of Construction Marc Mastronardi said in a news conference Tuesday ...

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