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Dry weather has SC firefighters worried about outdoor fires

Dec. 03, 2021 11:58 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters are urging people in South Carolina to be extra careful if they burn yard debris or set other fires over the weekend. The state Forestry Commission did not issue any red flag alerts as of Friday because winds aren't expected to be high...

Utilities restoring power as Southern California winds ease

Nov. 26, 2021 20:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds declined in strength across Southern California on Friday and utilities restored power to thousands of customers whose electricity was shut off to prevent wildfires. The seasonal dry winds produced fierce gusts on Thanksgiving Day,...

Thousands lose power on Thanksgiving in Southern California

Nov. 25, 2021 15:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people in Southern California were without power on Thanksgiving Day after utilities cut electricity to prevent their equipment from igniting wildfires amid warm and dry weather and Santa Ana winds sweeping through the region. Strong...

Santa Ana winds to raise Southern California fire danger

Nov. 24, 2021 23:09 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Southern California electrical customers had their power cut Wednesday and more than 200,000 others faced the same prospect as utility companies sought to prevent wildfires as Santa Ana winds developed. Red flag warnings were posted at...

Santa Ana winds to raise Southern California fire danger

Nov. 23, 2021 17:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gusty and dry Santa Ana winds will bring increased risk of wildfires to Southern California and possible public safety power shutoffs to nearly 141,000 utility customers through the Thanksgiving period. Red flag warnings for fire danger will be in...

Gusty Santa Ana winds sweep across Southern California

Nov. 11, 2021 10:24 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds gusted across Southern California on Thursday, sweeping skies clear and raising fire concerns. Forecasters did not issue red flag warnings but did predict elevated to briefly critical fire weather conditions. ...

Firefighters make progress coralling big California wildfire

Oct. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4...

California highway reopens but fire still a threat to homes

Oct. 14, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A key Southern California highway closed for days because of a wildfire was reopened Thursday evening but authorities warned that flames still posed a threat to remote properties in a coastal mountain range. The Alisal Fire has charred more...

Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains

Oct. 13, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down Wednesday as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos. The...

Southern California fire shuts highway, forces evacuations

Oct. 12, 2021 23:45 PM EDT

SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were expanded Tuesday for a growing wildfire driven by intense winds that has shut down a key Southern California highway for more than a day. At least 200 firefighters battled the Alisal Fire, which had scorched 21 square miles...