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4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

Jun. 12, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.6 earthquake rattled Southern California on Friday night but no damage or injuries were reported. The quake struck at 9:39 p.m. a few miles from the the town of Niland in Imperial County near the Salton Sea, according to preliminary...

Wildfires burn across Utah with hotter weather looming

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several wildfires were burning Friday as weather forecasts called for hotter weather in the coming days. At the state's largest fire in central Utah, a rock fell from a cliff Friday and came within about 10 feet of a crew working along U.S....

Arizona wildfires keep crews busy while temperatures rise

Jun. 11, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters around Arizona are battling numerous wildfires as weather forecasters warn of dangerously high temperatures over the next few days. The largest in Superior, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Phoenix, has forced hundreds of people...

Utilities appeal penalties over tropical storm response

Jun. 11, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two largest electricity distributors have appealed millions of dollars in profit reductions imposed by the state for what regulators called the companies' failures in preparing for and responding to Tropical Storm Isaias, which caused hundreds of...

Report: California encourages rebuilding in fire-prone areas

Jun. 11, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state and local officials are encouraging rebuilding in areas destroyed by wildfires at a time when people should be redirected away from those areas if the state wants to reduce the economic and human impact of increasingly destructive wildfires, according...

Parts of Maine now experiencing drought conditions

Jun. 11, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Most of Maine is now experiencing moderate drought or unusually dry conditions, as a lack of steady rain persists. The federal government's drought monitor released on Thursday showed much of central and western Maine being in the moderate drought...

Officials: Wyoming fire season could get bad in midsummer

Jun. 11, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Fire season should be about average in Wyoming until about midsummer, when things could begin to heat up, state officials said. Most of the state is in drought, with extreme drought in parts of south-central and northeastern Wyoming. Gov. Mark...

No containment of wildfire on mountain southwest of Vegas

Jun. 11, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wildfire on the side of a mountain 21 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas grew to an estimated 2 1/3 square miles (6 square kilometers) with no containment as of early Friday. The fire starting Thursday afternoon on Forest Service and Bureau Land...

Sinkhole at Mexico farm swallows more land, traps 2 dogs

Jun. 11, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A large sinkhole that appeared in late May at a farm in central Mexico has grown larger than a football field, begun swallowing a house and trapped two dogs in its depths. The government of the central state of Puebla said late Thursday it had managed...

Wildfire in mountains casts plume of smoke over Las Vegas

Jun. 10, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire officials said Thursday that crews were battling a wildfire that forced a precautionary evacuation of a Boy Scout camp and cast a huge plume of smoke into the evening sky above Potosi Mountain west of Las Vegas. The fire was reported about 1 p.m....