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Red Lodge firefighter, burned this summer, returns home

Sep. 25, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — When the plane landed and Dan Steffensen’s feet hit the ground in Red Lodge on a recent Tuesday afternoon, the small town and its first responders took another step towards trying to heal from the summer of 2021. Steffensen’s Sept. 21 return...

Firefighters hope cooling temps help battle California blaze

Sep. 25, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters hope shifting winds and cooling temperatures over the next few days will aid their efforts to battle a destructive wildfire in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north that has displaced thousands of people and burned at least 100 structures....

Ahead of 1-year anniversary, SC county honors fallen officer

Sep. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Less than two weeks ahead of the one-year anniversary of his death, Horry County Council members voted to pass a resolution to honor former Myrtle Beach police officer Jacob Hancher. Hancher, who was 23 when he was shot and killed by John Aycoth,...

PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

Sep. 24, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is the...

California orders more insurance options for wildfire areas

Sep. 24, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered the state's “insurer of last resort” to offer more comprehensive coverage for homeowners who can't buy private insurance because they live in areas threatened by wildfires. The...

Albuquerque victim seriously burned after doused by gasoline

Sep. 24, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they are investigating an incident that left a person with serious burns after someone doused the victim with gasoline and started a fire. Police spokeswoman Rebecca Atkins told the Albuquerque Journal the victim was...

Man dies in house fire in eastern Iowa city of Buffalo

Sep. 24, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, Iowa (AP) — One man died Friday in a house fire in the eastern Iowa city of Buffalo. The man died in the fire that was reported about 2 p.m., Buffalo police sergeant Josh Bujalski told the Quad-City Times. The man's name wasn't immediately released. ...

Suspected arson wildfire forces evacuations in California

Sep. 24, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Friday and many others were on notice to be ready to flee as a destructive wildfire raged in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north. A woman suspected of starting the Fawn Fire was...

Pacific Gas & Electric charged with manslaughter, other crimes in California wildfire last year that killed 4 people

Sep. 24, 2021 13:55 PM EDT
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric charged with manslaughter, other crimes in California wildfire last year that killed 4 people.

2 taken to hospital after Concord apartment building fire

Sep. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

CONCORD, Vt. (AP) — Officials are investigating an apartment building fire in Concord that caused two occupants to be sent to the hospital in serious condition, fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the building on South Street at 6:10 p.m. Thursday,...