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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...

Evacuation orders ended as rain douses California wildfire

Nov. 27, 2019 10:01 PM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A strong storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, almost completely dousing a wildfire that had threatened thousands of homes but briefly raising the threat of debris flows from barren slopes. Residents in and below the fire area on the south Santa Barbara County coast were...

Oklahoma wildfire danger eases with weather shift

Nov. 27, 2019 12:03 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say wind-whipped wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma that forced residents from their homes and destroyed two single-family residences were mostly contained Wednesday as cooler temperatures and gentler winds reduced the fire danger. Woodward County Emergency Management...

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

Nov. 20, 2019 10:23 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. The New South Wales...

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation’s largest utility to drastically...

The Latest: PG&E says it may restore power Thursday

Nov. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to get the all-clear before dawn Thursday to begin the process of restoring power to more than 100,000 people hit by a planned blackout. The utility says 48,000 customers...

PG&E to shut off power to 375,000 people

Nov. 19, 2019 11:05 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it will begin shutting off power to about 375,000 people in 18 Northern and Central California counties on Wednesday because of the wildfire threat from another round of dry, windy weather. The state’s largest utility decreased the number of...

The Latest: PG&E to cut power to 375,000 people

Nov. 19, 2019 10:02 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Pacific Gas & Electric planned power outages (all times local): 7 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it will begin shutting off the power to about 375,000 people in 18 Northern and Central California counties on Wednesday to avoid the risk of its equipment sparking...

Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby

Nov. 18, 2019 11:09 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Thick smoke from wildfires has shrouded Sydney and its surrounding areas with health experts warning residents with medical conditions to remain indoors. The Sydney skyline was barely visible with air quality in some parts of the city reaching over hazardous levels early Tuesday. Shane...

Nebraska National Forest fire blackens just under 604 acres

Nov. 18, 2019 9:50 AM EST

DUNNING, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have completely contained a fire that blackened just under 604 acres (244.4 hectares) in the Nebraska National Forest, west of Dunning. A National Forest Service says no one was injured fighting the blaze Sunday. Firefighters from several area departments...