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Cal Fire air tankers help stop the spread of a brush fire in Larkfield Calif, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana growing area

Sep. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames. The wildfire...

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the Hennessey Fire burns. Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Sep. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, scorched property stands at an intersection in Blue River, Ore., days after a blaze known as the Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area's business district. Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been a touchstone for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, Pool, File)

Clarification: Western Wildfires-Special Places story

Sep. 24, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

DETROIT LAKE, Ore. (AP) — In a story published September 22, 2020, The Associated Press reported that George Atiyeh, a storied logger-turned-conservationist who was instrumental in saving forest land, died in wildfires in Oregon. Authorities say human remains have been found on his property but they have...

Earthquake measuring 4.2 shakes Turkish megacity of Istanbul

Sep. 24, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 hit near Istanbul on Thursday, a Turkish government agency reported, causing some residents to rush outdoors in fear. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centered in...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Bransen Faulhaber, 7, lassoes Kole Michael Jones at an evacuation center for the Riverside Fire at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Ore. When wildfires raged across the state earlier this month authorities initially said 500,000 people had fled their homes, but later said that figure was the number of people under some level of evacuation notice. The actual number of people who fled their homes was much smaller. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oregon misstated evacuation figures in chaos of wildfires

Sep. 23, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged across Oregon, state officials sent out a statement saying 500,000 people had been evacuated to escape encroaching flames. The figure referenced in the Sept. 10 news release from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management was striking – representing more than 10%...

Cars get stranded on high flood waters on Houston Ave. exit from Interstate 45 during Tropical Storm Beta Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states

Sep. 23, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi after having flooded homes and roadways in Texas. Houston began drying out on Wednesday after some parts of the metro area got nearly 14...

Mexico sending 101 firefighters to help in California

Sep. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it will send 101 firefighters to the United States to help battle wildfires in California. The country’s Environment Department said five teams of 20 trained, equipped firefighters from Mexico’s national forestry commission will work with the U.S....

This Monday, Sept, 21, 2020, shortwave infrared satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows an area of the Bobcat Fire burning northeast of Los Angeles. The Bobcat Fire has burned for more than two weeks and was still threatening more than 1,000 homes after scorching its way through brush and timber down into the Mojave Desert. It's one of dozens of other major blazes across the West. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Utility equipment eyed as possible source of fire near LA

Sep. 23, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment, according to the company. Edison has turned over a section of an overhead conductor from its transmission facility in the area where the Bobcat...

Investigators looking into whether huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by utility equipment

Sep. 23, 2020 3:43 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators looking into whether huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by utility equipment.