Latest Wildfires News

Flash flood watch issued for Northern California burn area

Jan. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire. The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday. Forecasters...

Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire

Jan. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires. The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to...

Utility company sues over fatal California mudslides

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California utility facing a slew of lawsuits over a deadly Southern California wildfire sued Santa Barbara County and the state's transportation department on Friday, saying they neglected to prepare for deadly mudslides that followed the blaze. Southern California Edison filed the...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Wildfire evacuees face deadline to move out of fairgrounds

Jan. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are looking for more stable housing for roughly 600 people still sleeping at a Northern California fairground following a deadly wildfire last year. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports Thursday that a lease to operate an emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds ends...

The Latest: California storm cancels Santa Anita horse races

Jan. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Southern California's Santa Anita Park canceled horse racing Thursday because of stormy weather. Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco says Santa Anita has taken on 3.5 inches (89 millimeters) of rain since Monday. The track in...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...

Deschutes County addresses wildfire risk with zoning changes

Jan. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Deschutes County has approved new zoning intended to reduce the chance that a major wildfire will hit Bend. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Thursday that the county will require new construction on Bend's west side to be low density and fire-resistant. The idea is that this new...

Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

Jan. 16, 2019 11:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said. The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene. The man, who was homeless, may have been "just trying to stay...

The Latest: Falling tree kills 1 as storm lashes California

Jan. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A storm that's lashed Northern California with rain and high winds may have killed a man in Oakland. California Highway Patrol Officer Herman Baza says a tree fell on a homeless man at an embankment near a freeway Wednesday,...