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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, a wildfire consumes sagebrush as firefighters let it march down to the Columbia River on the edge of Roosevelt, Wash. The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources, The Oregonian reported Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US agency to pay for 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in 6 states

Feb. 15, 2020 7:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and...

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches from the bench as his team plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Minnesota Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

Feb. 15, 2020 1:39 AM EST

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau and replace him with interim coach Dean Evason despite the...

Minnesota Wild fire Bruce Boudreau, who becomes the eighth NHL head coach to lose his job this season

Feb. 14, 2020 11:52 AM EST
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild fire Bruce Boudreau, who becomes the eighth NHL head coach to lose his job this season.

Report: Death toll in fire likely includes 50 more people

Feb. 11, 2020 8:16 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Doctors and other experts say at least 50 more people, many of them elderly or ill, likely died as a result of the 2018 wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise, California, but were not counted in the official death toll, an investigation by the Chico Enterprise-Record found. ...

A Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom's lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they want to grill PG&E about the company's plans to borrow billions of dollars and sell more stock to help pay the $13.5 billion owed to more than 75,000 victims of catastrophic wildfires ignited by the utility's equipment and negligence. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

California governor wants to grill PG&E about financing plan

Feb. 11, 2020 6:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom's lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they...

The roof of a house is damaged due to a strong storm in Rohozna, Czech Republic, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. A storm battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. (Lubos Pavlicek/CTK via AP)

Ferocious storm in Europe kills 8, causes travel disruptions

Feb. 11, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Ferocious winds, with gusts over 200 kph (125 mph), lashed Corsica and whipped up a forest fire that flared overnight on the French Mediterranean island on Tuesday, after a storm with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains battered northern Europe for days, killing at least eight people and...

A resident inspects sea foam brought by waves approaching on beach front houses after heavy rain and storms at Collaroy in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Monday, February 10, 2020. Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a deluge in eastern parts of the country over recent days has helped dampen deadly fires and ease a crippling drought. (Joel Carrett, AAP Image via AP)

Deluge in Australia drenches fires and eases 3-year drought

Feb. 10, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought. But experts say it will take some time...

A firefighter controls a spot fire near Bredbo, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Rain extinguishes Australian wildfire and causes flooding

Feb. 8, 2020 10:15 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Torrential rain lashing Australia’s east coast on Sunday has extinguished a major wildfire and caused widespread flash flooding. Rain put out the Currowan Fire south of Sydney late Saturday after it destroyed 312 homes and razed 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) over 74...

Utility wildfire prevention plans call for more blackouts

Feb. 7, 2020 9:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utilities plan to continue shutting off power to customers during dry and windy conditions to prevent sparking deadly wildfires, but they aim to make outages more targeted to avoid widespread blackouts, according to plans filed Friday with the state. Plans by the state's three...

A couple shelter under an umbrellas as rain falls in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, while the Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warning along the New South Wales state coast. The rain comes as a slight relief for some areas dealing with wildfires that devastated large swathes of land across the state over the last several months. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Heavy rain, floods lash eastern Australia, help with fires

Feb. 7, 2020 5:56 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Heavy rains lashed parts of the wildfire and drought-stricken Australian east coast on Friday, bringing some flooding in Sydney and relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of blazes in New South Wales. New South Wales is the state hardest hit by wildfires that have...