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Firefighters with Vandenberg Air Force Base, light a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire at Limekiln State Park in Big Sur, Calif,. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Latest: Three more found dead in Northern California blaze

Sep. 12, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 6:45 p.m. CHICO, Calif. — Search and rescue workers found three more bodies in the rubble of a Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll in that fire to 12 and total deaths in the state's recent blazes to 22. Butte County Sheriff Kory...

A firefighter working to put out hotspots pauses in the rubble of a structure destroyed by fire, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, after an overnight wildfire in Graham, Wash., overnight south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

'Like a bomb' - winds fuel destructive Northwest blazes

Sep. 8, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires fanned by high winds burned hundreds of thousands of acres in the Northwest, mostly destroying a small town in eastern Washington state and causing evacuations, power outages and highway closures in Oregon. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday more than 330,000 acres...

A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

As California burns, the winds arrive and the lights go out

Sep. 8, 2020 1:41 AM EDT

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — New wildfires ravaged bone-dry California during a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people trapped by flames and ended with the state's largest utility turning off power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent its power lines and other...

This Sept. 3, 2020 photo shows the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix.  The facility has offered some relief to people living on the street during record-breaking temperatures and the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)

Excessive heat in Southwest poses added threat amid pandemic

Sep. 7, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — As people around them sat and napped, some sipping water in an air-conditioned shelter on another sweltering day in a summer of record-breaking heat, Gary Goodman and Lena Stewart spoke of the fatal dangers of living on the street. “There’s been a lot of friends, a lot of...

California National Guard shows dozens of evacuees are evacuated to safety on a Cal Guard Chinook Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, after the Creek Fire in central California left them stranded. More than 200 people were airlifted to safety after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California's Sierra National Forest. The California Office of Emergency Services said Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters were used for the rescues that began Saturday night and continued overnight. (California National Guard via AP)

California simmers while it burns, but no big power outages

Sep. 6, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest, one of dozens of fires burning Sunday amid record-breaking temperatures that strained the state's...

Plumes of smoke rise into the sky as a wildfire burns on the hills near Shaver Lake, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Fires in the Sierra National Forest have prompted evacuation orders as authorities urged people seeking relief from the Labor Day weekend heat wave to stay away from the popular lake. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

California wildfire traps campers in national forest

Sep. 6, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Three fast-spreading California wildfires sent people fleeing Saturday, with one trapping campers at a reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, as a brutal heat wave pushed temperatures into triple digits in many parts of state. The wildfire burning near Shaver Lake exploded to...

People visit Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Crowds pack beaches as California bakes in weekend heat wave

Sep. 6, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is sweltering under a dangerous heat wave Labor Day weekend that was spreading triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about power outages and the spread of the coronavirus as throngs of people packed beaches and mountains for relief. Death Valley...

Phoenix sets high-temperature record; crews rescue hikers

Sep. 5, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix on Saturday set a high-temperature record of 115 degrees for the date as emergency crews rescued several hikers at a popular recreation area in the city. The baking heat broke the previous record of 113 degrees set in 1945, the National Weather Service said. Saturday was the 14th day...

LPGA to allow caddies in carts to cope with extreme heat

Sep. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Players can ride in carts during practice rounds and caddies can use them during the tournament to cope with the extreme heat expected for the ANA Inspiration next week in the California desert. The LPGA announced the decision on its website Thursday. Traditionally the first...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file image taken from video provided by Russian Emergency Ministry, a Russian Emergency Ministry's Beriev plane BE-200 Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft releases water in the Trans-Baikal National Park in Buryatia, southern Siberia, Russia. The United Nations weather agency said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020, this summer will go down for leaving a “deep wound” in the cryosphere -- the planet’s frozen parts -- amid a heat wave in the Arctic, shrinking sea ice and the collapse of a leading Canadian ice shelf. (Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN agency laments summer's 'deep wound' to Earth's ice cover

Sep. 1, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations weather agency says this summer will go down for leaving a “deep wound” in the cryosphere -- the planet’s frozen parts -- amid a heat wave in the Arctic, shrinking sea ice and the collapse of a leading Canadian ice shelf. The World Meteorological...