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Californians urged to conserve electricity amid heat wave

Aug. 17, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians were urged to conserve electricity to prevent mass power shutoffs Wednesday as a heat wave scorched the northern part of the state, prompting warnings that lightning, thunderstorm winds and parched vegetation could ignite wildfires. The heat...

Heat returns to Pacific Northwest Wednesday, Thursday

Aug. 17, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hot weather is expected again Wednesday and Thursday in western Oregon and Washington state. Multnomah County, which includes Portland, will offer people places to stay cool Wednesday as temperatures potentially reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees...

Yet another heat wave grips parts of US West

Aug. 06, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pacific Northwest braced for yet another heat wave Saturday and the temperature in Denver hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, breaking a record set in 1877. Meteorologists on Saturday issued a heat advisory in Portland, Oregon, through Monday and also...

Firefighters keep wildfire out of evacuated Washington town

Aug. 05, 2022 23:54 PM EDT

LIND, Wash. (AP) — A small town in Washington state that was evacuated due to a fast-moving fire was largely spared Friday, while in California crews made progress against the state's deadliest and largest wildfire of the year. Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said the fire that...

California crews make fire gains; Washington town evacuated

Aug. 04, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters made gains against the state's deadliest and largest wildfire of the year just as an eastern Washington town was evacuated Thursday because of a blaze that was burning homes. At about 1:30 p.m. the Adams County Sheriff’s Office...

Wind-whipped fire leaves Northern California hamlet in ashes

Aug. 03, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) — A week ago, the scenic Northern California hamlet of Klamath River was home to about 200 people and had a community center, post office and a corner grocery store. Now, after a wildfire raged through the forested region near the Oregon state line, four people are dead...

New Mexico forester lifts restrictions as fire danger eases

Aug. 01, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state forester on Monday lifted fire restrictions that had been imposed in the spring due to extreme wildfire danger, saying summer rains were bringing relief. Still, State Forester Laura McCarthy warned that some parts of New Mexico remain dry...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jul. 25, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

Detroit News. July 20, 2022. Editorial: Give Line 5 tunnel project the green light After a regulatory commission punted on a decision to approve the Line 5 tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac earlier this month, a scheduling conference Thursday could shed some light...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Europe's spate of deadly wildfires?

Jul. 22, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Major wildfires in Europe are starting earlier in the year, becoming more frequent, doing more damage and getting harder to stop. And, scientists say, they’re probably going to get worse as climate change intensifies unless countermeasures are taken. ...

Officials: Wildfire burning west of Oglala is 40% contained

Jul. 21, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

OGLALA, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire that started earlier this week west of Oglala has burned about 11 square miles and is 40% contained, according to officials. The fire began near Prairie Wind Casino on Tuesday evening and moved southeast. Oglala Sioux president Kevin...