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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, the charred remains of a boat are shown following a fatal fire at a Tennessee River marina in Scottsboro, Ala. Federal investigators agree with state investigators that a fire that killed eight people and did more than $500,000 damage in January at an Alabama marina started accidentally. But the National Transportation Safety Board says the fire was made worse by the marina’s “limited fire safety practices.”  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

NTSB: 'limited fire safety practices' worsened marina fire

Sep. 19, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A fire that killed eight people and did more than $500,000 damage at an Alabama marina started accidentally but was worsened by the marina’s “limited fire safety practices,” according to a federal report. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert floor and spread it rapidly in several directions, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes, officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, officials were...

This combination of photos shows a firefighter at the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, left, and a person using a flashlight on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. In the past week, swaths of the country have been burning and flooding in devastating extreme weather disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Gerald Herbert)

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

Sep. 19, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps...

Tear gas fills the air during protests, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The protests, which began over the killing of George Floyd, often result frequent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

After wildfire smoke clears, protests resume in Portland

Sep. 19, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters returned to the streets of Portland, Oregon, following a dayslong pause largely due to poor air quality from wildfires on the West Coast. Police declared an unlawful assembly Friday night in a neighborhood near a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building where...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes destroyed after winds push California fire into desert

Sep. 19, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Homes were destroyed Friday by an unrelenting wildfire that reached a Mojave Desert community and was still growing on several fronts after burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Officials were investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines...

Firefighters rest during a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state are constantly on the verge of exhaustion as they try to save suburban houses, including some in their own neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

Sep. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke, and they sometimes have to run for their lives from advancing flames. Firefighters trying to contain the massive...

U.S. Forest Service: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California

Sep. 18, 2020 7:07 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Forest Service: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California.
The August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Latest: Southern California forest fire burns near homes

Sep. 17, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8 p.m. WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. — A stubborn, growing wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles is moving toward homes. Evacuation warnings were issued Thursday evening for the small forest town of Wrightwood on the fire’s northeast side....

Don Myron poses for a photo at his mother's home in Woodburn, Ore., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Myron says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river.

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Sep. 17, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river. “Everything around me was on fire,” Don Myron, 56, told the Statesman Journal newspaper. “That chair helped...

A man looks at tributes placed near Grenfell Tower in London, Sunday, June 14, 2020. Britain is marking the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a virtual church service to remember the 72 people who died in the blaze. Sunday marks three years since a small kitchen fire in the west London public-housing block turned into the worst domestic blaze in the country since World War II. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Judge tosses US lawsuit over fire at London's Grenfell Tower

Sep. 17, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a lawsuit filed over the 2017 fire at London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people, concluding the case should be litigated there. The lawsuit claimed that faulty building materials, some made by U.S. manufacturers, turned the tower...