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Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 7:40 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...

Families mourn as first victims of California fire are named

Nov. 13, 2018 7:23 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family's living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for Michelin. Jesus Fernandez, known as "Zeus," was described as a...

The Latest: Identifying dead: DNA, and older methods too

Nov. 13, 2018 6:55 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology. But experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come...

Red-carpet fanfare dropped amid deadly California fires

Nov. 13, 2018 1:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood cut back on the glamor trappings of movie premieres as a vast wildfire destroyed or imperiled the homes of celebrities and other Southern California residents. A red carpet for the Sandra Bullock film "Bird Box" was canceled Monday by the studio and one planned for "Under the...

New blazes fan fresh fears in California as some return home

Nov. 13, 2018 12:16 AM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The sky was black and flames on the next ridge were fast approaching when Paul Rasmussen, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter fled their mountainside Malibu home Friday for what they thought might be the last time. His only hope that the large home, once billed in real estate...

The Latest: Wildfire evacuations lifted for Los Angeles

Nov. 13, 2018 12:06 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for the Los Angeles neighborhood threatened by an enormous wildfire. But thousands of homes remain at risk. Fire officials announced Monday night that the...

Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern California wildfire

Nov. 11, 2018 10:21 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California on Sunday, causing flare-ups of a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles, but no additional structures were believed to have been lost, authorities said. Huge plumes of smoke rose in the fire...

Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

Nov. 11, 2018 10:14 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history. Wildfires continued to rage on...

The Latest: Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29

Nov. 11, 2018 9:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history. Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said the...

Gerard Butler's house 'half-gone,' others await fire's toll

Nov. 11, 2018 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities whose coastal homes have been damaged or destroyed in a Southern California wildfire or were forced to flee from the flames expressed sympathy and solidarity with less-famous people hurt worse by the state's deadly blazes, and gave their gratitude to firefighters who kept...