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Texas wildfire forces evacuations; planned burn may be cause

Jan. 19, 2022 06:05 AM EST

A wildfire in a Central Texas state park forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Tuesday in the city of Bastrop — the site of a deadly blaze more than a decade ago — and officials said a prescribed burn may be to blame. The fire started in Bastrop State Park as wind gusts of up...

Burning ban lifted for all North Carolina counties

Dec. 13, 2021 15:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A burning ban still in effect for 33 North Carolina counties in the wake of recent wildfires was lifted on Monday following weekend rainfall, officials said. The N.C. Forest Service imposed the ban on Nov. 29 due to hazardous forest fire conditions. It was...

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. ...