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The sun rises on the community of Blue River, Ore., early Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, two weeks after the devastating Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area east of Springfield, Ore. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire's growth

Sep. 22, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los Angeles County's largest fires ever, an official said...

The California Highway Patrol leads the procession along with U.S. Forest Service vehicles as they escort fallen firefighter Charles Morton, killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles, along Hewes Street in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, from San Bernardino to the Ferrara Colonial Mortuary in Orange. Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss for the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots in San Bernardino National Forest, officials said.  (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

Firefighter who died in blaze was on elite Hotshot crew

Sep. 22, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

A California firefighter killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles was identified Tuesday as a member of an elite Hotshot crew dedicated to fighting wildfires. Charles Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss for the Big Bear...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, scorched property stands at an intersection in Blue River, Ore., days after a blaze known as the Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area's business district. Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been a touchstone for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, Pool, File)

Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires

Sep. 22, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

DETROIT LAKE, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. The flames that destroyed hundreds of homes...

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning...

Jesse Vasquez, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, hoses down hot spots from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

Sep. 20, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities. The...

FILE - Floodwaters move on the street, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla.  The Census Bureau is contending with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation’s once-a-decade headcount. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census

Sep. 20, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation's once-a-decade headcount. The fires on the West Coast forced tens of thousands of...

A San Bernardino County Fire Department member keeps an eye on a flareup from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames

Sep. 20, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter...

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 6:41 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating...

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...