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Northern California wildfire threatens 500 buildings

Jun. 29, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

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...

Interstate 84 closed in eastern Oregon due to wildfire smoke

Jun. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Transportation officials said Tuesday evening that Interstate 84 is closed near the border of Oregon and Idaho because of wildfire smoke. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City...

WA wildfire prompts evacuations for people in 50 homes

Jun. 28, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) — People in about 50 homes near a wildfire in central Washington were told by law enforcement to leave their homes immediately on Tuesday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said at about 2:45 p.m. that people living on certain streets east of Soap...

Fire kills 51 after apparent riot attempt at Colombia prison

Jun. 28, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A fire at a prison in southwestern Colombia has killed at least 51 people and injured more than 20 others, authorities said Tuesday. The director of the national prison system, Tito Castellanos, told Radio Caracol that it's not clear if all of the dead were...

Building owner charged in blaze that killed firefighter

Jun. 28, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The owner of a Philadelphia building that caught fire and collapsed this month, killing a city firefighter and injuring five other people, has been charged with setting the blaze, authorities announced Tuesday. Al-Ashraf Khalil, 28, also lied to authorities...

Fire Department: 3 brothers killed in fire were trapped

Jun. 28, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three young brothers who died in a fire were trapped in an illegal basement apartment with only one exit that was blocked by flames, the Chicago Fire Department said Tuesday. A fourth boy remains in extremely critical condition from the fire, which broke out early...

Pilot killed in small-plane crash, fire in southwest WA

Jun. 28, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A pilot died in a fiery crash on a runway Tuesday in Vancouver, Washington, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The single-engine Beechcraft V35B ended up upside down and ablaze at Pearson Field at around 7:30 a.m., The Oregonian/OregonLive...

Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers

Jun. 27, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and...

Helicopter pilot helping Alaska firefighters dies in crash

Jun. 27, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter contracted to support firefighting efforts on an Interior Alaska blaze crashed after takeoff, killing the pilot, officials said Monday. The fatality was the first related to Alaska wildfires in 22 years. The pilot was identified as Douglas...

Fire damages cottage next to Prospect Harbor Lighthouse

Jun. 27, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

GOULDSBORO, Maine (AP) — A house on the property of the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse caught fire Monday, officials said. Multiple fire departments responded and smoke poured from windows of the century-old lightkeeper's cottage in the town of Gouldsboro, east of Winter Harbor. ...