Latest Wildfires News

California to protect insurance policies in wildfire areas

Dec. 5, 2019 6:58 PM EST

Sacramento, Calif (AP) — California on Thursday temporarily banned insurance companies from dropping customers in areas affected by more than a dozen recent blazes, invoking a new law for the first time as homeowners in the wildfire-plagued state say they are being pushed out of the commercial insurance...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires

Dec. 2, 2019 1:53 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. Money for the fund will come from a surcharge of $5 per year on each policy sold by property and...

Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

Dec. 2, 2019 1:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a life...

Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires

Dec. 2, 2019 10:17 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands wants to raise $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. Commissioner Hilary Franz says Monday’s proposal would be the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its...

Paradise’s dream football season ends 1 year after fire

Dec. 1, 2019 3:13 AM EST

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Lukas Hartley stood in the endzone on Saturday night as raindrops mingled with his tears after his high school football team lost a division championship game. “I didn’t cry this bad when my house burned down,” he said. The senior running back was a leader of...

High school football team loses title game 1 year after fire

Dec. 1, 2019 1:45 AM EST

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California high school football team has lost in a championship game one year after a deadly fire destroyed most of their town, including the homes of most players and coaches. Paradise High School lost to Sutter Union High School 20-7 on Saturday night in the Northern...

The Latest: HS team loses title bid 1 year after deadly fire

Dec. 1, 2019 12:10 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California high school football team’s championship game (all times local): 9:05 p.m. A Northern California high school football team has lost its bid for a championship one year after a deadly fire destroyed most of their town and most of the players and...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 30, 2019 11:16 AM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year Rudy Gruber evacuated his home. It was 2008, not 1978. A corrected version of the story is below: Most people who fled California wildfire allowed...

PG&E says blackouts limited fires despite 1 likely failure

Nov. 29, 2019 7:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest utility said Friday that its distribution lines haven’t sparked any major wildfires since it began shutting off power to Northern California customers during periods of high fire risk. However, Pacific Gas & Electric is not ruling out the...