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California town launches 'Goat Fund Me' to prevent wildfires

Jan. 12, 2019 4:14 PM EST

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a "Goat Fund Me" campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising...

Judge proposes ordering PG&E to shut off power for wildfires

Jan. 9, 2019 10:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To prevent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions regardless of the inconvenience to customers or loss of profit, a U.S. judge proposed Wednesday. Judge William Alsup said in a court order...

Wind, warm temperatures boost southern Colorado fire danger

Dec. 21, 2018 1:24 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Weather forecasters warn of high fire danger amid gusty winds and warm temperatures in southern Colorado. The National Weather Service posted a rare wintertime red-flag warning Friday for Colorado Springs and much of southern Colorado. Meteorologist Makoto Moore tells the...

South Dakota researcher working on fire-risk estimation tool

Dec. 15, 2018 3:08 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's state fire meteorologist is part of a coalition using satellite technology to notify fire managers when fuels are abnormally dry. Darren Clabo, a research scientist and instructor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, is collaborating with colleagues...

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

Dec. 11, 2018 7:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will...

Northeast Australia faces unprecedented wildfire danger

Nov. 28, 2018 2:04 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Large swaths of northeast Australia endured unprecedented fire danger on Wednesday with 138 wildfires across Queensland state forcing schools to be closed and thousands of homes to be evacuated, officials said. The fire danger was rated catastrophic in areas of central...

2.9 million Coloradans now live in areas at risk of wildfire

Nov. 26, 2018 5:07 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The number of Coloradans whose homes are at risk from wildfires soared 45 percent in five years, reflecting the state's booming population and changing uses of agricultural land, state officials said Monday. The Colorado State Forest Service said 2.9 million people now live in the...