Latest Wildfires News

Firefighters make progress on Southern California wildfire

Oct. 13, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels are helping firefighters advance against a California wildfire that scorched San Fernando Valley hills and forced thousands to evacuate from their homes. Fire officials said Sunday the blaze that burned 12 square miles (31 square kilometers)...

Latest: Southern California wildfire is now 33% contained

Oct. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the wildfire in the San Fernando Valley is now 33% contained. The wildfire covers 12 square miles (31 square kilometers.) The department says Saturday night that winds and...

Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Oct. 12, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

Winds dying as crews fight flames in Southern California

Oct. 12, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage. A blaze in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles was only 13% contained Saturday after destroying 13 buildings. One man who had tried to...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San...

California utility says by Saturday power will be back for 98% of 2 million people after shut-offs over wildfire risk.

Oct. 11, 2019 9:34 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility says by Saturday power will be back for 98% of 2 million people after shut-offs over wildfire risk.

The Latest: Fire witness reports sparks near electric lines

Oct. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Los Angeles arson investigators say a witness reported seeing sparks or flames coming from a power line near where a wildfire is believed to have started. Peter Sanders, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, says...