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    SAN FRANCISCO —  Two years after being decimated by the worst blaze in California history, the town of Paradise was again under threat, this time from the deadly North Complex fire. Butte County sheriff’s officials issued an evacuation order for Pulga and Concow and an evacuation warning for the town of Paradise, which was mostly destroyed in the 2018 Camp fire that resulted in 85 deaths and the loss of more than 18,000 structures. Winds were gusting more than 70 mph Sunday night, creating the same dangerous conditions that sparked the 2018 Paradise firestorm. It was unclear as of Monday morning whether any more structures had burned. The North Complex fire ranks among the biggest and most deadly fires the...
    Dozens of wildfires had left more than 23,000 Californians forced out of their homes by Tuesday — with many planning to flee to the likes of New York to escape what one resident described a terrifying “new normal.” Nearly 19,000 firefighters are still battling 27 major blazes that continue burning across the Golden State, killing at least 26 and charring 5,600 square miles, Gov. Gavin Newsom said — an area larger than the state of Connecticut. They include the Bobcat fire, one of the largest blazes in the history of Los Angeles County, which on Tuesday was still threatening more than 1,000 homes — and was still only 17 percent contained, fire officials said. An estimated 6,400 buildings have been...
    At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining on Wednesday on the destructive wildfires in the western United States and what can be done to mitigate future destruction, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said, despite claims on the left, that poor forest management, not climate change, is to blame. After noting the tragic loss of land, property, and lives, Lee said much of that loss did not have to happen. “I strongly believe that the mega fires we’re watching on TV could have in many, many instances been prevented if only active management practices had been implemented,” Lee said.  Lee said fires have always been a part of the forest landscape long before man-made climate...
    (CNN)The wildfires that have killed at least 36 people and burned through more than 4.6 million acres on the West Coast are fueled by climate change, officials in California and Washington said again on Monday.California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee all reiterated that the fires in their states are the result of the climate crisis, challenging assertions from President Donald Trump that they were the result of poor land management.There are 87 active fires burning across the US West Coast, including at least 25 large fires are burning in the California, according to the National Interagency Fire Center'Climate change is real'During a briefing Monday, Newsom said that record breaking temperatures and drought...
    President Trump is making a rare West Coast swing Monday, as wildfires ravage California, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Trump is participating in a briefing on the wildfires in McClellan Park, California, an event closed to the press. In California, the president blamed the fires on poor forest management, saying dry trees "just explode."  The fires have killed at least 35 from California to Washington state, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate. The smoke has destroyed the air quality up and down the West Coast, yielding the eerie orange images of San Francisco last week. Together, the dozens of fires have burned more than 3 million acres.  The president, as he has in the past, blamed poorly managed...
    As Oregon battles a deadly multi-state wildfire, a Portland man added fuel to the fire after he started at least 6 small brush fires in the city Sunday and another one early Monday. Domingo Lopez was arrested a little after 3 a.m. Monday after police received a call that multiple fires were burning along the west side of the I-205 freeway, according to the police report. Portland Fire and Rescue managed to put out 3 of the small fires, while passerby’s put out the other three. Press Release: Suspect Starts Six More Brush Fires, Faces Additional Charges (Photo) Link: https://t.co/t4LhmgCYSc pic.twitter.com/148JY333Pl — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 14, 2020 This comes less than 24 hours after Lopez was arrested Sunday...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden is delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday about the devastating wildfires ravaging the West and the connection to climate change. Biden's remarks come after President Trump made a campaign trip to Nevada and alleged quelling the fires came down to "forest management." There are deadly blazes burning in California, Washington and Oregon, and at least 35 people have died as a result of the fires.How to watch Joe Biden's speech today What: Joe Biden speaks on wildfires and climate change Date: Monday, September 14, 2020 Time: 1 p.m. ET Location: Wilmington, Delaware Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device Biden over the weekend hit Mr. Trump's...
    President Trump is making a rare West Coast swing Monday, as wildfires ravage California, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Trump is participating in a briefing on the wildfires in McClellan Park, California, an event closed to the press.  The fires have killed at least 35 from California to Washington state, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate. The smoke has destroyed the air quality up and down the West Coast, yielding the eerie orange images of San Francisco last week. Together, the dozens of fires have burned more than 3 million acres.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox How to watch President Trump's West Coast trip What: President Trump makes West Coast swing ...
    PHOENIX, Ore. —  It was when she found the dead cat that Susie McMillan finally broke down. The 76-year-old wildfire evacuee hadn’t cried at first when she returned to the smoldering ruins of Phoenix, a town of 4,500 surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards about 25 miles north of the California state line. She kept her composure despite the fact that her hometown now resembled pictures she’d seen of war-torn Syria. Four people had died in the fire that erupted Tuesday and at least one more was still missing, the entire town treated as a crime scene as forensic crews combed debris for additional remains. Wildfire evacuee Susie McMillan, 76, cradles a stray kitten she rescued after visiting the...
    Authorities have arrested at least four people for suspected arson in the massive and still-growing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington. What are the details? According to reports, authorities in those states say that at least four of the fires are considered suspicious. California authorities arrested suspect Anita Esquivel for allegedly intentionally setting fires along U.S. 101. She was booked into the Monterey County Jail on arson charges. Oregon authorities also arrested Michael Jarrod Bakkela, who lived in the woods of Oregon on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief, and 14 counts of reckless endangerment. Oregon Live reports that Bakkela is reportedly responsible for setting one of two major wildfires in the...
    Loading the player... Diminishing winds and rising humidity helped firefighters battling deadly blazes in Oregon and California, but with dozens of people still missing, authorities in both states feared that the receding flames could reveal many more dead across the blackened landscape. Oregon’s emergency management director said officials were preparing for a possible “mass fatality event.” Search and rescue personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office look for the possible remains of a missing elderly resident in a mobile home park that was destroyed by wildfire on September 11, 2020 in Ashland, Oregon. Hundreds of homes in Ashland and nearby towns have been lost due to wildfire. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images) In California, smoke that painted skies orange...
    CHICO (CBS SF) — A wall of flames from the North Complex West Zone fire roared through the Butte County mountain community of Berry Creek, destroying homes, dreams and claiming at least two lives. Video and photos of the area show the frightening force of the blaze. Devastation is everywhere. By Friday night, the Bear Creek portion of the North Complex stood at 70,500 acres, was 5 percent contained and had destroyed at least 2,000 structures. But it was its rapid spread in the early hours, after it jumped fire lines on Tuesday, that may have been too much for many who were trying to flee the flames. Over the next 18 hours it traveled 30 miles, leaving in its...
    Dozens of people are missing in Oregon as wildfires continue to rage across the western US, state Governor Kate Brown has said. Tens of thousands of people in Oregon alone have been displaced by the deadly infernos. Wildfires have killed at least four in Oregon and 11 elsewhere. More than 100 blazes, fanned by hot, dry winds, are currently scorching 12 states. Federal emergency aid has been approved for Oregon to help battle the fires. "Many Oregonians are suffering right now, whether displaced themselves or worried about their families and communities while watching our beautiful state burn," Gov Brown told reporters on Friday. "As of now, there are early reports from our state police that there are dozens of...
    HAUNTING photos show the orange skies and the charred devastation caused by the wildfires that have plagued the West Coast. The hellish flames have ravaged communities in California, Washington and Oregon – killing at least 24 people and razing some 4.4 million acres of land as an estimated 500,000 people have been forced to evacuate areas impacted by fires in Oregon alone. 10A firefighter puts out a hot spot along Highway 38 northwest of Forrest Falls, California, as the El Dorado Fire continues to burnCredit: AP:Associated Press 10A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, CaliforniaCredit: AP:Associated Press 10A neighborhood in Talent, Orgeon was destroyed by fireCredit: AP:Associated Press One...
    A Northern California wildfire that destroyed a foothill hamlet has become the state's deadliest blaze of the year with 10 people confirmed dead — and the toll could climb as searchers look for 16 people who are unaccounted for. Deadly blazes in heavily populated northwest Oregon were growing, with hundreds of thousands of people told to flee encroaching flames while residents to the south tearfully assessed their losses. Authorities said more than 500,000 people — more than 10% of Oregon's population — have been forced to evacuate,  the Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported late Thursday. The death toll from fires in California, Oregon and Washington state was at least 16 early Friday: one in Washington, four in Oregon and...
    A dozen people are still missing as crews work desperately to rein in a massive fire around Oroville, one of dozens of major blazes in a ferocious and deadly firestorm raging across California. The residents were reported missing in the area of the North Complex fire, which mushroomed this week into an inferno that already has been blamed for three deaths. The massive complex of fires, which includes the Bear fire, has scorched more than 252,000 acres and forced some 20,000 residents in Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties from their homes. The North Complex was one of the fires that exploded in size this week as record-high temperatures and strong winds beset the state. Those blazes raced through the...
    Interstate 5 is seen in the background as the Bear Lakes Estates neighborhood is seen devastated in the aftermath of the Almeda fire in Phoenix, Oregon, U.S., September 9, 2020.Adrees Latif | Reuters Wildfires fueled by extreme heat and high winds continue to spread across California, Oregon and Washington on Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least 7 people.  Fires have burned through at least 2.5 million acres in California, a record amount of destruction that's significantly worse than the impact of the state's fire season last year. The blazes have also destroyed entire communities in Oregon, including Detroit in Marion County; Blue River and Vida in Lane County; and Phoenix and Talent in Jackson County. Fires also largely decimated...
    This was the highway to hell. A terrifying video shows one man's journey as he evacuated from an area on Wednesday as wildfires in Oregon burned through the state, destroying hundreds of homes and causing at least three deaths. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday more than 35 fires have burned over 300,000 acres across the state, which she described as "unprecedented." "Our number-one priority right now is saving lives," Brown tweeted. "This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfires in our state’s history." OREGON ON 'HIGH ALERT' AS WILDFIRES DESTROY HUNDREDS OF HOMES; GOVERNOR ISSUES DIRE WARNING Video shared to Facebook on Wednesday showed evacuations in Lincoln County as residents were forced to...
    ESTACADA, OREGON - Deadly windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history. The blazes from the top of the state to the California border caused highway closures and smoky skies and had firefighters struggling to contain and douse flames fanned by 80-kph wind gusts. Officials in some western Oregon communities gave residents "go now" orders to evacuate, meaning they had minutes to flee their homes. Fires were burning in a large swath of Washington state and Oregon that rarely experiences such intense wildfire activity because of the Pacific Northwest's cool and wet climate. Flames trapped...
    ESTACADA, OREGON - Deadly windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history. The blazes from the top of the state to the California border caused highway closures and smoky skies and had firefighters struggling to contain and douse flames fanned by 80-kph wind gusts. Officials in some western Oregon communities gave residents "go now" orders to evacuate, meaning they had minutes to flee their homes. Fires were burning in a large swath of Washington state and Oregon that rarely experiences such intense wildfire activity because of the Pacific Northwest's cool and wet climate. Flames trapped...
    Evacuation orders have been lifted for tens of thousands of people in the Western U.S. state of California as firefighters continue to make progress in bringing wildfires across the state under control. Officials with the state fire agency, Cal Fire, said Friday that in the past two days at least 50,000 people were allowed return home in the San Francisco Bay area and nearby wine country. Hundreds of fires have raged across California this month killing at least seven people and burning thousands of square kilometers during a historic heat wave. Much of the destruction was caused by three groups of fires that burned forest and rural areas in the northern part of the state. Another blaze swept through parts...
    Firefighters spent Wednesday reinforcing containment lines around three Bay Area wildfires that have torched more than 800,000 acres, while authorities made plans to let tens of thousands of residents back into the towns they cleared out of as the flames advanced. It was a far cry from a week earlier, when one fire tore through suburban Vacaville and jumped eight-lane Interstate 80, another barreled toward Boulder Creek and other communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and yet another forced evacuations up to the edges of San Jose — all while shorthanded firefighters warned they didn’t have the manpower to contain the wind-driven flames. Getting to this point took days of work from weary fire crews, as well as civilians who...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and aircraft from 10 states began arriving in California Friday to help weary crews battling some of the largest blazes in state history as weekend weather threatened to renew the advance of flames that have killed six people and incinerated hundreds of homes. Some 560 wildfires were burning throughout the state but many were small and remote. The bulk of damage was from three clusters of blazes that were ravaging forest and rural areas in the wine country and San Francisco Bay Area. Those complexes, consisting of dozens of fires, exploded in size Friday. Together, they had scorched 991 square miles (2,566 square kilometers) and destroyed more than 500 homes and other buildings, fire officials...
    By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and aircraft from 10 states began arriving in California Friday to help weary crews battling some of the largest blazes in state history as weekend weather threatened to renew the advance of flames that have killed six people and incinerated hundreds of homes. Some 560 wildfires were burning throughout the state but many were small and remote. The bulk of damage was from three clusters of blazes that were ravaging forest and rural areas in the wine country and San Francisco Bay Area. Those complexes, consisting of dozens of fires, exploded in size Friday. Together, they had scorched 991 square miles (2,566 square kilometers) and destroyed...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and aircraft from 10 states began arriving in California Friday to help weary crews battling some of the largest blazes in state history as weekend weather threatened to renew the advance of flames that have killed six people and incinerated hundreds of homes. Some 560 wildfires were burning throughout the state but many were small and remote. The bulk of damage was from three clusters of blazes that were ravaging forest and rural areas in the wine country and San Francisco Bay Area. Those complexes, consisting of dozens of fires, exploded in size Friday. Together, they had scorched 991 square miles (2,566 square kilometers) and destroyed more than 500 homes and other buildings, fire officials...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  Deadly wildfires that ringed the Bay Area and other parts of California have left a path of destruction in their wake this week as overwhelmed firefighters struggle to keep up. The fires have killed at least five people, destroyed more than 500 structures and scorched hundreds of square miles. More than 60,000 people were under evacuation orders Friday morning as firefighters hoped to use a break in the extreme heat to try to make progress against the raging blazes. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the UC Santa Cruz campus late Thursday. Scotts Valley, a hub of Santa Cruz County’s tech industry, was also ordered to evacuate, with some residents heading to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for refuge....
    Fleeing a wildfire is daunting enough. But finding a safe place to evacuate amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is especially difficult. Dozens of out-of-control blazes have consumed houses and forced residents across the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Vacaville and beyond, to leave the safe confines of their homes where they’ve been hunkered down for months. Typically, cities, counties or partners like the Red Cross will set up evacuation centers at school gymnasiums or recreation centers and provide tables and chairs, food and other necessities for people who need a safe place to ride out a wildfire. Now, those organizers are scrambling to enforce social distancing, requiring masks and even setting up individual tents where families can isolate from...
    Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it piled boats against the docks and caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people  At least one person was killed when one of its twisters hit a mobile home park and an outage led to an issue with a nuclear power plant. A tornado that touched down at a mobile home park in Bertie County, North Carolina killed at least one and left several people missing, local officials said. The storm crossed over land as a hurricane just after 11 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Get...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Fire Department is warning residents that using fireworks is illegal in the city, following an accident last July 4 that killed a teenager. The department said any residents or visitors who are found selling, possessing or using fireworks can be punished with a fine and/or confiscation. According to the department, it saw one death, four “significant trauma events,” five structure fires and 37 outdoor/grass fires on July 4, 2019. Maneno Juma, 19, was killed after a firework exploded on him in a Fort Worth neighborhood, fire officials said. Officials said the explosion severely injured his hand, arm and chest and that he was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived. The teenager was...
    The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Tuesday that it has fired Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the shooting death of 26-year-old emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor. In a letter to Hankinson tweeted by the department, the Louisville police chief called Hankinson's conduct "a shock to the conscience." The letter states that Hankison was found to have violated two standard operating procedures: obedience to rules and regulations, and use of deadly force.  "Based upon my review, these are extreme violations of our policies," Chief of Police Robert Schroder wrote. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. You have never been trained by the Louisville...