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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Democrat delivered her State of the State address, reflecting on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year, the pandemic, protests, wildfires and outlined her goals for the future, focusing on racial equity, ensuring children return to school, mitigating wildfire danger and expanding health care access. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Brown looks back at Oregon's crises and ahead to goals

Jan. 21, 2021 4:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly a year after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown delivered her annual State of the State speech on Thursday. During the 45-minute speech Brown reflected on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year — the pandemic, protests and...

Lawyer for Dane charged in wildfire wants case dismissed

Jan. 21, 2021 3:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A lawyer for a Danish man charged with arson for starting a wildfire that destroyed over 100 homes in southern Colorado in 2018 urged a judge on Thursday to dismiss the case against him because doctors have found him unable to stand trial three times due to his mental health. Lawyer Jane...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

California winds easing after sparking fires, power outages

Jan. 20, 2021 9:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong winds that began Tuesday...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Jan. 20, 2021 9:04 AM EST

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up and down the state, trees and trucks were toppled,...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the City of Prescott, Ariz., shows Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. Kuykendall, the former mayor of Prescott whose tenure included the tumultuous months following the deaths of 19 firefighters in a 2013 wildfire, has died. Prescott city officials confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, that Kuykendall died Sunday, Jan. 17 at his home. He was 86. (The City of Prescott via AP, File)

Mayor who led Prescott after firefighters' deaths dies at 86

Jan. 19, 2021 10:55 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Marlin Kuykendall, the former mayor of Prescott whose tenure included the tumultuous months following the deaths of 19 firefighters in a 2013 wildfire, has died. Prescott city officials confirmed on Tuesday that Kuykendall died Sunday at his home. He was 86. His son, Patrick, told...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, people try to protect their homes during the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev. Fire investigators say arcing power lines in gale force winds started a brush fire that destroyed five homes and damaged two dozen others in a south Reno neighborhood in the foothills along the Sierra in November. Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, they investigated but ruled out the possibility the Pinehaven Fire in Caughlin Ranch was caused by a campfire, target shooters or off-road enthusiasts on motorcycles or ATVs. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Fire official: Arcing power lines caused big Reno brush fire

Jan. 19, 2021 10:16 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Satellite imagery and surveillance video from a casino roof 5 miles (8 kilometers) away helped pinpoint arcing power lines in gale force winds as the cause of a November brush fire that destroyed five Reno homes and damaged two dozen others, investigators said Tuesday. Officials for the...

Predicted Arizona dry year could impact trees, cause fires

Jan. 18, 2021 3:17 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Experts have predicted another dry year for Arizona following 2020, when the driest year on record stressed forests across the state's northern region. The dry conditions could have significant impacts on the health of trees and increase wildfire danger, Arizona Daily Sun reported ...

1 killed, 2 hurt in Malibu house fire that spread to brush

Jan. 17, 2021 1:34 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed and two others were seriously injured after fire ripped through a home in Malibu Sunday morning and then spread to nearby brush, authorities said. Crews responded around 3:30 a.m. and took about two hours to douse the blaze, which grew to 4 acres, according to...

Wildfire burns in hot, dry, windy Southern California

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and unseasonably hot weather that heightened fire danger in a region where little rain has fallen this winter. The Bonita fire erupted shortly after 1 a.m....

Grass fire consumes 20K acres in southwestern North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 7:32 PM EST

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) — A grass fire in far southwestern North Dakota has consumed 20,000 acres, forcing farmers and ranchers to evacuate and leaving two firefighters hurt. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that firefighters responded to the fire about 10 miles northwest of Lemmon in Adams County late...