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A firefighter battles a mulch and pallet fire burning out of control, fanned by Santa Ana winds in and around a recycling yard near Wilson Street and Fleetwood Drive in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Firefighters from both Riverside and San Bernardino County, along with assistance from Colton, Rialto and Riverside City Fire fought the blaze. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

California fire danger remains high even as winds ease

Dec. 4, 2020 10:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remained high Friday amid unpredictable wind gusts and dry conditions in Southern California, as crews made progress against blazes that burned several homes and injured two firefighters. The region's notorious Santa Ana winds decreased slightly but red flag warnings of...

Bruce McDougal prepares to defend his home as the Bond Fire burns though the Silverado community in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

Dec. 3, 2020 10:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful gusts pushed flames from a wildfire through Southern California canyons on Thursday, one of several blazes that burned near homes and forced residents to flee amid elevated fire risk for most of the region that prompted utilities to cut off power to hundreds of thousands. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, is a man walking past a Pacific Gas and Electric sign on a PG&E building in San Francisco. PG&E's household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risks that its outdated equipment will ignite deadly wildfires in its Northern California service territory. The higher prices, effective March 1, are expected to boost the bills of PG&E's residential customers by an average of $13.44 to per month.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

PG&E rate hike aimed at improvements to ease fire risk

Dec. 3, 2020 7:54 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risks that its outdated equipment will ignite deadly wildfires in its Northern California service...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Herman Termeer, 54, stands on the roof of his home as the Blue Ridge Fire burns along the hillside in Chino Hills, Calif. An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020 — an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt — the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

This Nov. 13, 2020 photo provided by the San Diego Humane Society shows a young bobcat at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif. The young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire has been returned to its native habitat and will be released back into the wild. The San Diego Humane Society says the 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 from Ramona Wildlife Center and taken to an area near the site of the El Dorado Fire that has abundant food and water sources.(San Diego Humane Society via AP)

Bobcat burned in California wildfire set for release to wild

Dec. 2, 2020 8:36 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire will be released back into the wild, the San Diego Humane Society announced Tuesday. The 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday from the group's Ramona Wildlife Center. A state Department of Fish and...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...

In this photo taken by a drone, homes destroyed by the Mountain View Fire are seen in the Walker community in Mono County, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

More than 100 displaced after fire ravages California town

Nov. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents were displaced Thursday by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person, authorities said. The inferno struck with sudden ferocity midday Tuesday during strong winds high in the...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Over 1,000 evacuated in Nevada wildfire start returning home

Nov. 18, 2020 8:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after a wind-whipped wildfire in northern Nevada roared through a neighborhood in Reno and destroyed at least five houses, more than 1,000 people who were forced to evacuate — including the mayor — started returning home Wednesday. Another fire about 100 miles (160...

FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Patricia Poppe, then-vice president of customer operations at Consumers Energy, in Jackson, Mich. Poppe will leave her job as CEO of CMS Energy Corp. to take the same position at Northern California utility PG&E effective Jan. 4, 2021. (Nick Dentamaro/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP, File)

Northern California utility finds latest CEO in Michigan

Nov. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Embattled Northern California utility PG&E Corp. has lured away the top executive at Michigan's largest power provider to steer its effort to restore a reputation tarnished by years of neglectful conduct that culminated in a series of deadly wildfires. Patricia “Patti"...