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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...

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods reopens

Oct. 12, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

PENDER, Neb. (AP) — State transportation officials have announced the opening of a bridge near the northeast Nebraska town of Pender that had been significantly damaged in historic spring flooding. The Nebraska Department of Transportation says the bridge, which spans Logan Creek, reopened Saturday...

Wet weather slows Omaha-area levee repairs as winter nears

Oct. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This fall's flooding and cooler weather highlight the race that contractors, cities and natural resource districts are in to get the Omaha area's flood-fighting levees in better shape before winter comes. The need is pressing: September saw the sixth-highest water level recorded on the...

Maine company promises to rebuild after fire

Oct. 12, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A prominent Winslow construction-supply company is promising to rebuild after a fast-moving fire mostly destroyed its main building. The McCormack Building Supply facility in Winslow went up in flames at midday Friday. In a Saturday social media post, the company said its owners and...

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...