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Firefighters finishing containment of California wildfires

Oct. 14, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters are dousing remaining smoldering areas from a destructive wildfire that raged along the northern edge of Los Angeles last week. The Los Angeles Fire Department says containment of the approximately 12-square-mile (31-square-kilometer) fire is at 43 percent Monday. Updated...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

Latest: Southern California wildfire is now 33% contained

Oct. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the wildfire in the San Fernando Valley is now 33% contained. The wildfire covers 12 square miles (31 square kilometers.) The department says Saturday night that winds and...

Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Oct. 12, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath...

Winds dying as crews fight flames in Southern California

Oct. 12, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage. A blaze in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles was only 13% contained Saturday after destroying 13 buildings. One man who had tried to...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San...

The Latest: Fire witness reports sparks near electric lines

Oct. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Los Angeles arson investigators say a witness reported seeing sparks or flames coming from a power line near where a wildfire is believed to have started. Peter Sanders, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, says...

Son says mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 11, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

CALIMESA, Calif. (AP) — Don Turner's 89-year-old mother was missing Thursday night after a wind-driven wildfire sparked by burning trash swept through a Southern California mobile home park, destroying dozens of residences. Lois Arvickson called her son from her cellphone to say she was evacuating shortly...

Latest: Son: Mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 10, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car in her garage...