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Toll rises in Australian wildfires with more danger ahead

Nov. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia’s most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. A body was found late Wednesday in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in northeast New South Wales, police said....

Utility to pay $360M for major Southern California wildfires

Nov. 13, 2019 5:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to local governments to settle lawsuits over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment during the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people, the utility and attorneys announced Wednesday....

Australian wildfires destroy homes and force evacuations

Nov. 13, 2019 2:33 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia's drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, some for the second time in a week. The most intense fires were concentrated in the northeastern states of New...

Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia's most populous state

Nov. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong state of...

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what...

3 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Nov. 9, 2019 6:07 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New...

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire

Nov. 6, 2019 5:31 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There was "no way in hell" Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She'd thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The town where she'd raised her family was nearly wiped out, two...

Crews make progress on large Southern California wildfire

Nov. 2, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number of residents in Somis to return home...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 2, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about wildfires in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Maria Fire was northeast of Los Angeles. It is northwest. A corrected version of the story is below: Utility re-energized power line before fire A Southern California utility that shut off...

Crews battle last stubborn Southern California wildfire

Nov. 2, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews fought a pitched battle against the last remaining large wildfire in Southern California as the stubborn flames threatened nearly 2,000 homes and other buildings. The fire that erupted on a hilltop northeast of Los Angeles headed for what would be its third day Saturday and...