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Mexico sending 101 firefighters to help in California

Sep. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it will send 101 firefighters to the United States to help battle wildfires in California. The country’s Environment Department said five teams of 20 trained, equipped firefighters from Mexico’s national forestry commission will work with the U.S....

Tennessee gov announces $55M in farm, forestry COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced that farm and forestry businesses are getting $55 million in aid funded by the federal coronavirus relief package. The Republican’s office says the Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business Fund aims to help ensure the stability of...

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...

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....

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2020, file photo, lightning forks over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as a storm passes over Oakland, Calif. Numerous lightning strikes sparked brush fires throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

Sep. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could...

FILE -- In this Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 a woman rides with her horse through a forest near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg. The Austrian government has spoken up to correct U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that people in their country live in

Austrian minister to Trump: No, we do not live in forests

Sep. 17, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government has spoken up to correct U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that people in its country live in "forest cities." Trump recently cited Austria and other European countries as models of good forest management that U.S. states like California, which has seen devastating...

President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on the western wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

Sep. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it's not as simple as blaming either climate change or the way land...

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Biden vows to 'restore dignity for everyone'

Sep. 14, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is promising to “restore dignity for everyone, especially the poor” if he defeats President Donald Trump in November. Biden made his pledge Monday to an online...