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    BERRY CREEK, Calif. —  As a rapidly growing wildfire barreled toward Lake Oroville, residents of the small mountain communities lying in its path had to decide what to do. Two told their families they planned to seek shelter at a nearby pond. Another said he would leave only when he could see the fire from his home. Three others were ready to evacuate, only to hold off based on incorrect information about how much the blaze was contained. All of those people, along with nine others, ultimately fell victim to the North Complex fire, a massive blaze that exploded last week into one of the deadliest and most expansive conflagrations California has seen. While crews continue...
    (CNN) — Two people found dead near their destroyed home were packed and ready to evacuate the North Complex Fire in Northern California last week but changed their minds based on erroneous information, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Tuesday. Six days ago, Philip Ruble, 68, was found inside of burned-up Toyota pickup at the home and Millicent Catarncuic, 77 was found in a nearby embankment, according to the sheriff. “After speaking to family members, it is believed the pair was aware of the fire in the area,” Honea said. “They had packed their belongings in preparation to evacuate but later decided not to evacuate based on erroneous information that the fire was 51% contained.” The pair lived in Berry...
    Hurricane Sally’s outer bands hit the Gulf Coast Tuesday, bringing intense winds and heavy rain as the storm has continued to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico. Officials in Mississippi and Alabama warned that the Category II storm could bring a catastrophic storm surge and nonstop rain, made worse by its slowing speed, a local NBC outlet reported. Statewide officials encouraged people living close to the coast to evacuate as soon as possible, urging them to take advantage of the storm’s slow speed to avoid the expected floods. Sally is expected to make landfall near southeastern Louisiana Tuesday afternoon before turning northward towards Biloxi, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama, The New York Times reported. “I’m well aware that those on the...
    ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest continues to rage a week since it first erupted, prompting residents in parts of Arcadia and Sierra Madre to evacuate.The fire, which has scorched 33,312 acres and is 6% contained as of Monday morning, continues to grow and burn downhill into foothill communities.The U.S. Forest Service initially estimated for full containment on Oct. 15, but that has been pushed back to Oct. 30.An evacuation order was issued Sunday morning for Arcadia residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue. They were told to evacuate immediately and use Santa Anita Avenue to leave the area.In Sierra Madre, police said a total of 32 homes were...
    ARCADIA, Calif. -- Residents in Arcadia on Sunday were ordered to evacuate their homes due to "dangerous wildfire conditions" as the Bobcat fire burned downhill toward communities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.Firefighters worked overnight to keep flames from threatening other populated areas that remained under evacuation warnings.At 10 a.m., Arcadia residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue were ordered to immediately evacuate. Residents should use Santa Anita Avenue to leave the area. Evacuation Order Map: All residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. Residents in the area are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area. https://t.co/veTckPzmqO pic.twitter.com/ANXhamGoQm— Protect Arcadia (@ProtectArcadia) September 13, 2020An evacuation center has...
    Around half a million people in Oregon, or 10% of the states population, were ordered to evacuate on Friday and residents of its largest city, Portland, were told to be ready to go as extreme wind-driven wildfires scorched U.S. West Coast states, causing at least 24 deaths. About 100 wildfires have burned an area nearly as large as the state of New Jersey across the U.S. West, creating smoke that gave California, Oregon and Washington state the worst air quality levels in the world. Oregon bore the brunt of the destruction, with search teams still unable to enter areas where fires burned through multiple small communities in the Cascade mountains. Molalla, a community about 25 miles (40 km) south of downtown...
    Half a million Oregon residents were ordered to flee their homes as multiple wildfires burn throughout the state. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management announced on Thursday night that roughly 500,000 people, which is about one-tenth of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate the western part of the state. The number of people evacuated is expected to grow as firefighters struggle to contain the blaze. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, has been urging residents to follow all evacuation orders. "Thousands of evacuated Oregonians are sleeping in motels, on cots in shelters, or with friends/family. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to fight these fires. We are working hard to keep you...
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    Authorities in Northern California's Butte County on Thursday were looking for at least 12 people missing in a fire after three people were found dead in connection with the blaze on Wednesday, CBS SF Bay Area reports.  The communities of Paradise and Concow, which were devastated by the devastating Camp Fire in 2018, are again being threatened – this time by the Bear Fire, which is part of the North Complex fires in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties.  About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in the three counties, the Associated Press reported.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The fire has exploded in the last 48 hours after burning for about three weeks, damaging or...
    This is the horrifying moment a ventilator catches fire inside a Covid-19 ward and sent the patients running for their lives.   The footage shows four medics, who are dressed in hazmats, surrounding a patient on a hospital bed in Vadodara, India.   A man, who is lying on one of the beds, is helped up by staff and carried away as smoke starts pouring from the machine.     A ventilator caught fire inside a Covid-19 ward in SSG Hospital’s ICU unit in Vadodara, India as four medics dressed in hazmats surround  a patient on a hospital bed A man, who is lying on one of the beds, is helped up by staff and carried away as smoke starts pouring from the machine They...
    PARADISE — The sky glowed black and orange Wednesday morning, just like it did that horrific day two years ago when the town of Paradise was all but wiped off the map. When Geri Needham looked out her window from her newly-built home, she was certain flames were leaping in her neighbor’s wooded yard and called Mayor Greg Bolin, who thought he saw a nearby hillside on fire. Panic quickly set in across Paradise Wednesday as rumors flew and cars crowded Skyway Road again to get out of town. But there were no flames nearby. Not yet. It was only the blood red sun rising through smoke of the still distant but devastating Bear Fire. “It puts a panic into...
    LOMA RICA (CBS SF) — The Willow Fire in Yuba County forced the evacuations of 3,000 residents early Wednesday as the blaze grew to 1,000 acres. The fire started around midnight in Loma Rica, 15 miles northeast of Marysville. Around 4 a.m., the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office ordered an evacuation of the town as the fire had already grown to 300 acres. The fire grew to 1,000 acres by 10 a.m. and fire crews were receiving air support. At 11 a.m., a voluntary evacuation advisory was issued for residents living above Marysville Road. The Yuba County Sheriff’s office established an evacuation intake site at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, which is also housing small and large animals. According to CBS 13...
    A photo showing a wildfire near the office of the US National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon. US National Weather Service Medford Residents of Phoenix, Oregon, were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday due to an encroaching wildfire. By Tuesday night, the wildfire had engulfed more than 1,500 acres in southern Oregon and led to the evacuation of southern Medford, a city of more than 80,000 people. The blaze ignited Tuesday morning. It is currently 0% contained. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A city in southern Oregon is facing imminent evacuation as wildfires aided by gusty winds threaten to consume it. On Tuesday, most of Medford, Oregon's 80,000 residents were told to be on standby for an...
    VACAVILLE (CBS13) – Dramatic Vacaville police body camera footage gives a new look at the heart-pounding race to evacuate people during the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire. The video shows officers going door-to-door, alerting people of the fast-moving flames, which is one of the three largest in California history. “You got to go now, let’s go now, it’s right behind your house. You don’t have time to carry your stuff. Let’s go. Come on ma’am, we don’t have time. You’ve got to go now,” one officer said in the footage. More footage showed the officer loading up a bag in a homeowners vehicle and hustling onto the next home. Back in the patrol car and onto the next home, the orange...
    SEVEN million people have been warned to get ready to evacuate their homes as a powerful storm batters Japan amid warnings of 134mph winds strong enough to flatten trees. Typhoon Haishen hit Japan's southern mainland earlier today cutting off power to tens of thousands of families and prompting authorities to order around 1.8 million people to evacuate. 6Typhoon Haishen hit Japan's southern mainland earlier todayCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Forecasters have warned storm winds could top 134mph by MondayCredit: AP:Associated Press A further 5.6 million people have been issued with lower-level evacuation advisories as torrential rain lashed communities near the coast, Japan's national broadcaster NHK reported. The country's weather agency has now urged people to exercise "most serious caution" amid the threat...
    A powerful typhoon that officials warned could bring record rains and gusts strong enough to flip cars slammed into southern Japan on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge millions to seek shelter. Typhoon Haishen has weakened somewhat as it neared Japan's mainland, and shifted further west out to sea, but it remained a 'large' and 'extremely strong' storm. After lashing a string of exposed, remote southern islands, it neared Japan's Kyushu region on Sunday evening, with authorities issuing evacuation advisories for more than seven million residents. High waves hit the coast in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Sunday  A woman walks in heavy rain as Typhoon Haishen approaches in Kagoshima, Kagoshima prefecture on September 6 Local residents...
    A major rescue operation is taking place in California after a wildfire trapped people at a popular reservoir. Helicopters have brought out dozens of people so far from around the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, about 40 miles (60km) north-west of Fresno. Rescuers are returning for others and say the number trapped is unknown. So far two people are seriously injured and 10 more have moderate injuries. The fast-moving Creek Fire started at about 18:45 on Friday. It grew to cover about 5,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest - an area of steep and rugged terrain - by Saturday afternoon, the LA Times reported. A tweet from the Fresno County Fire Protection District just before midnight local time (0700 BST) said...
    About 150 people are trapped by a raging wildfire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in northern California, where officials are warning they may have to jump into the water to survive. The Madera County Sheriff's office said on Saturday night that approximately 150 people are sheltering-in-place at the reservoir in Sierra National Forrest with 10 injuries reported.  Evacuation routes are blocked and people in the area were told to shelter in place — even if that means getting into the water, officials said.  The reservoir is roughly 90 miles east of Fresno. Earlier reports that up to 1,000 people were trapped were later revised.  Smoke from a wildfire rises into the air near Shaver Lake, California on Saturday. The fires in the Sierra...
    BARCELONA, Spain — An out-of-control wildfire is raging in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia, forcing more than 3,100 people to evacuate, authorities said Sunday. The blaze broke out Thursday in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 75 miles northwest of the city of Seville. It has already scorched 38.5 square miles. Sixteen helicopters and eight planes are helping more than 500 workers tackle the blaze, including firefighters and army emergency personnel who worked around the clock this weekend. “It is very difficult to say when the wildfire will be under control,” said Juan Sanchez of the Andalusia Forest Fire Department, as weather conditions are playing a key role. The wind dropped overnight, making their task a...
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Around 2,400 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that is out of control and ravaging Spain’s southern region of Andalusia, authorities said Sunday. The blaze broke out on Thursday in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the city of Seville. It has already scorched 90 square kilometers (35 square miles). Twenty-four planes and one helicopter helped some 450 people including firefighters and army emergency personnel, who worked through Saturday night to tackle the fire. The wind dropped during the night, making their task a little easier, but crews are struggling to access all affected areas because of the rugged ground, officials said. A further...
    A man found dead last Thursday in his burned Pleasants Valley Road residence was identified Wednesday as Douglas Mai, 82. A firefighters from the city of Isleton works to extinguish a fire at a home in the 7200 block of Pleasants Valley Road Wednesday.(Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter)  At the time, sheriff’s officials said he had declined to evacuate his home and, after the devastating LNU Lightning Complex Fire passed through rural Vacaville, he was reported as missing. A subsequent check on his home revealed Mai’s death. Five people have been killed as a result of the five-county blaze, with two of the victims listed as rural Vacaville residents. The other resident, Leon James Bone, 64, was recently found dead...
    By Camille Fassett Associated Press/Report for America REDWOOD CITY (AP) — With California firefighters strapped for resources, residents have organized to put out flames themselves in a large swath of land burning south of San Francisco, defending their homes despite orders to evacuate and pleas by officials to get out of danger. They are going in despite California’s firefighting agency repeatedly warning people that it’s not safe and actually illegal to go into evacuated areas, and they can hinder official efforts to stop the flames. The former head of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the effort near a cluster of wildfires around the city of Santa Cruz is larger and more organized than he recalls in...
    Hurricane Laura, which made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, is expected to bring high winds, storm surge and flash floods that could make emergency response impossible for people hunkered down in their homes.   Local authorities have issued dire warnings to people in Texas and Louisiana to evacuate as the storm damages buildings and causes widespread power outages. However, they fear that not enough people evacuated or were unable to leave, especially as states grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the largest U.S. evacuation of the pandemic, more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to flee the coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana since Tuesday, after officials warned of Laura's "unsurvivable" storm...
    An image showing the projected path of Hurricane Laura as of 4 am. CDT on Thursday. NHC Residents of a parish in Louisiana who did not evacuate ahead of Hurricane Laura are now calling for aid. "People are calling the building but there ain't no way to get to them," Tony Guillory, the president of the police jury in Calcasieu Parish, told The Associated Press. Blocked roads, downed power lines, and flooding makes it extremely hard to save them, Guillory said. John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, ordered the evacuation of a number of cities and parishes in the south of the state, including Calcasieu, on Monday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Residents of a...
    Image of Hurricane Laura taken by astronaut Chris Cassidy from the International Space Station. Hurricane Laura has intensified into a Category 3 storm and is still growing stronger. It now appears the storm may strike the coast as a Category 4 storm, bringing high winds, intense rain, and a devastating storm surge that will plow into the coast near the Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday night. Last week, as forecasters were looking at the novel circumstance of having two tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time, it was clear that “predictable” didn’t exactly define what was ahead. Both predictions of intensity and the course taken by storms has changed repeatedly as models and modelers have struggled to deal...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A Hurricane Warning is now in effect along the western Louisiana and eastern Texas coast after Laura strengthened to hurricane status Tuesday. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Houston.The storm is expected to grow into a supercharged Category 3 hurricane with winds up of 115 mph and a storm surge that could swamp entire towns.In the largest U.S. evacuation of the pandemic, more than half a million people were ordered to flee the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as Laura strengthened into a hurricane that forecasters said could slam Texas and Louisiana with ferocious winds, heavy flooding and the power to push seawater miles inland.LAURAThe National Hurricane Center projected that Laura would draw energy...
    GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — Some residents near Globe were told to evacuate Tuesday due to a wildfire that’s mainly burning grass and brush in the Tonto National Forest. At around noon, Gila County Health and Emergency Management issued an evacuation order for communities east of U.S. 60 from the Arizona Department of Transportation Yard to Winters Ranch. That includes residents off Fairgrounds Road, Winters Ranch and Johnson Ranch. Other communities in the area about 90 miles (144 kilometers) east of the Phoenix metro area were put on alert for potential evacuations. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, U.S. 60 is closed in both directions for 67 miles from Globe to the State Route 73 junction due to the wildfire....
    People wait in front of the Galveston Housing Authority offices to board charter buses that will evacuate them from Galveston Island to Austin in anticipation of impact from Hurricane Laura, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Galveston. Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP Nearly 600,000 people were ordered to flee US cities along the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Laura, which is forecasted to make landfall in the region by Thursday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasted that Hurricane Laura could become a Category 3 or higher with winds at about 115 mph due to the warmer waters at the Gulf Coast, according to the Associated Press. Laura's sibling, Tropical Storm Marco, made landfall in Louisiana Monday evening. Visit Insider's...
    More than half a million people were ordered to evacuate the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as Hurricane Laura churns in the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane could slam into land this week as a major storm with ferocious winds and deadly flooding.   More than 385,000 residents were told to flee the Texas cities of Beaumont, Galveston and Port Arthur, and another 200,000 were ordered to leave low-lying Calcasieu Parish in southwestern Louisiana, where forecasters said as much as 13 feet of storm surge topped by waves could submerge whole communities.   "Our goal is a safe, sane, predictable and well-run evacuation," W. Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said at a press conference Tuesday. Get Breaking News Delivered...
    MONTEREY (CBS SF) — As some residents in Monterey County remain under evacuation orders due to both the Carmel and River fires, officials with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey County have moved more than 500 animals to safety. The animals, rescued from evacuated homes, were moved from the SPCA’s shelter to the Monterey County Fairgrounds as a precaution. The animals include dogs, cats, horses, goats, tortoises, peacocks, chickens, fish and others. “The SPCA is a leader in disaster preparedness and response in Monterey County, and we have been prepared for this for years. While we have responded to numerous wildfires throughout California, we have never needed to evacuate our own facilities,” SPCA officials said...
    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Port Arthur’s mayor on Monday said he will issue a mandatory evacuation order for the Southeast Texas city Tuesday morning before Tropical Storm Laura makes landfall. Laura was expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Port Arthur is about 30 miles from the Louisiana border. Forecasters believe Laura could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane. Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie said he will ask the city’s more than 54,000 residents to evacuate their homes starting 6 a.m. Tuesday, unless the current forecast changes and pushes Laura’s landfall farther east. “If you decide to stay, you’re staying on your own,” Bartie said. Indigent individuals unable to leave on their...
    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- It was the notice that thousands were dreading. Around 3 p.m. Sunday, CAL FIRE sent out an evacuation notice urging Jackson Oaks, Holiday Lake Estate and Thomas Grade residents to evacuate."It just instills a panic when you get that warning on your phone. You feel adrenaline rushing," said Jackson Oaks resident, Daniel Deschene.EXCLUSIVE: Crews work to hold line as SCU Complex Fire nears Livermore A rush that could be felt as cars drove down the hill as the SCU Lighting Complex Fire threatened their neighborhood eight miles away. Daniel Deschene along with 1,100 others were urged to get what matter to them most and go."We took personal belongings computers, medicine, clothes and you know anything...
    VACAVILLE — While fire crews managed to halt the progress of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire from reaching the middle of town, thick smoke and ash hung in the air Friday, prompting concerns among family members of people incarcerated there about the health of their loved ones, who say the conditions have been terrible inside Vacaville prison facilities. The health effects of the smoke from the massive complex fires that have raged all week in northern California add to the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked the prison system acros the state, prompting calls to release incarcerated people and preserve their health. Robert Pape, who is incarcerated at the California State Prison facility in Vacaville, called his sister Christy Pape-Somerville on...
    BONNY DOON — Every wildfire has its holdouts. The stubborn ones scattered here and there who refuse to leave. The folks who make their last stand to save their property. But in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon, just a couple of miles up a wooded winding road from the Pacific Ocean, locals by the dozens are defying orders to evacuate. With hundreds of Northern California wildfires burning out of control this week and Cal Fire officials lamenting their limited resources, Bonny Doon residents have formed small brigades, loose-knit groups of neighbors and friends who have been staying up all night to save what they can. There’s no real town here, just a church, a school at the...
    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (KGO) -- Amid devastating wildfires burning across the Bay Area, the message from first responders is clear: if you live in a fire zone, you need to make plans to evacuate even if you're not yet under an evacuation warning.RELATED: Here's what you need to know about all the fires burning in the Bay AreaWith so many communities affected, confusion about the process is understandable.Karen Conn and her family live in part of the Lake County community of Middletown that's already under a mandatory evacuation order. Right now, they're staying put to protect their home."We are so far, but we're not stupid," she says. "We're ready to go and we'll go at a moment's notice. But, a lot...
    HEALDSBURG, Calif. (KGO) -- The LNU Lightning Complex Incident in the North Bay has burned at least 219,067 acres. The group of wildfires was 7% contained as of Friday afternoon.CAL FIRE said firefighters are having difficulty putting out spot fires. They expect the wildfires to grow in several directions.Guerneville and the Russian River region have become a ghost town in what should be the busiest time of year. Or, so we thought.RELATED: LNU Complex Lightning fires grow to 131,000 acres in North Bay Tough terrain in the #Walbridgefire zone north of Rio Nido. This area burned in last 36 hours. More flames heading this way. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/VJNwgNW097— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) August 21, 2020"No, there's hundreds of people there, actually," said...
    SANTA CRUZ —  A monster fire raging through the Santa Cruz Mountains moved closer to UC Santa Cruz on Friday, bringing new levels of anxiety to a region besieged by days of fire. Brant Robertson, a UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist, lives 100 yards from the evacuation zone on the university’s campus. He said Friday that he had not received a warning but that he and his family — his wife, 11-year-old triplets and dog — were all packed and ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. He lives in a cul-de-sac at the edge of campus and said roughly half his neighbors had already left. Standing on a porch outside his home, Robertson said the air was thick with dust...
    SCOTTS VALLEY (KPIX) — A massive timber fire burning in the heavily wooded Santa Cruz Mountains continued to ravage homes in Boulder Creek and nearby areas early Friday with firefighters staging at least three rescues of trapped residents. At a morning news conference, Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the complex of fires, including the timber blaze, comprising the CZU August Lightning Complex, had grown to 50,000 acres overnight, destroyed at least 50 structures with that figure expected to climb into triple digits and has forced 64,600 people from their homes. There was zero containment of the fire complex. “Overnight we again, experienced more significant fire behavior throughout the fire,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Brunton said. “We did see...
    Wildfires that blackened skies, took at least five lives and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes blazed across California on Thursday and early Friday, straining firefighting resources by the sheer vastness of the battle lines, CBS SF BayArea reports. Three major collections of fires — dozens in all – carved their way through forest, canyon country and rural areas in the San Francisco Bay Area and central California. Tens of thousands of homes were threatened by flames driving through dense and bone-dry trees and brush. Many were sparked by lightning strikes from brief thunderstorms this week as a high-pressure area over the West brought a dangerous mix of triple-digit weather and monsoonal moisture pulled from the south....
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Evacuation orders have expanded in Santa Cruz County.The CZU August Lightning Complex fires have torched close to 50,000-acres between Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.Scotts Valley residents and the UC Santa Cruz campus were the latest to be evacuated, Thursday evening.INTERACTIVE MAP: Track wildfires across San Francisco, other parts of CAIn Boulder Creek, video captured homes that were actively burning, and charred cars. It's this fiery scene that continued to force mandatory evacuations throughout the region.Since igniting, the devastation and on-going danger has led to the evacuation of close to 50,000 people, according to Cal Fire."We're hearing about Bonnie Doon. We're hearing about some of the other fires," Scotts Valley resident, Robert Perala told...
    A raging and unpredictable complex of wildfires forced authorities Thursday to order the evacuation of UC Santa Cruz, one of the few times a top California learning institution has been forced to flee from flames. State and local authorities ordered the campus to evacuate late in the day after previously warning that evacuations might be necessary. Scotts Valley, a hub of Santa Cruz County’s tech industry, was also ordered to evacuate, with some residents heading down to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, a refuge from the blazes. “All on-campus residents must evacuate now and be prepared to not return for at least two weeks,” UC Santa Cruz said in a tweet. “The evacuation center for UCSC is in Coconut Grove...
    SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) — The deadly LNU Lightning Complex Fire has spread to five counties, destroying at least 480 structures and burning 215,000 acres. Some folks in Solano County evacuated right away, unsure if they’d have a home to come back to. After days of not knowing, the reality is finally starting to sink in. READ ALSO: LNU Lightning Complex Fire Updates: Four Dead, Hundreds Of Structures Destroyed “Everything’s burned down. As far as I can see,” Solano County resident Sullivan Souza said. The Souza’s evacuated early before the flames reached their neighborhood and they still haven’t been able to get back in to see their home completely incinerated. “I’m sick to my stomach and I don’t really have words. It’s...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Aug. 20, 20209:30 a.m.Poor air quality from fires shuts down Alameda Co. COVID-19 testing siteThe COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County fairgrounds will be closed Wednesday due to poor air quality from the wildfires burning across the Bay Area, the city of Pleasanton says.8:30 a.m.Felton, surrounding areas in Santa Cruz County told to evacuateFelton must evacuate immediately due to the fast-moving CZU August Fire. Mandatory evacuations are in effect from Davenport...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Aug. 20, 20209:30 a.m.Poor air quality from fires shuts down Alameda Co. COVID-19 testing siteThe COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County fairgrounds will be closed Wednesday due to poor air quality from the wildfires burning across the Bay Area, the city of Pleasanton says.8:30 a.m.Felton, surrounding areas in Santa Cruz County told to evacuateFelton must evacuate immediately due to the fast-moving CZU August Fire. Mandatory evacuations are in effect from Davenport...
    CARMEL (KION) — The Carmel Fire in Monterey County exploded in size overnight, growing to 4,285 acres, according to emergency officials. KION reports that Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said the fire remains at zero percent containment. Wednesday night, officials said one person was treated for mild to moderate burns. Neighbors in the Carmel Valley area endured an emotional and surreal 24 hours after the fire began Tuesday night. Many people were forced to evacuate their homes in the hills. At least three structures were destroyed already and many people are hoping their homes will be spared. “As we go left, we see the flames–the flames are coming our way from the ridge over so that’s how close it...
    SAN ANTONIO – Some residents of an apartment complex complex downtown had to be evacuated following a water leak late Wednesday night, the San Antonio Fire Department said. The incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 100 block of East Travis Street, not far from North St. Mary’s Street. Firefighters said a water line within the walls ruptured on a fifth floor apartment. The units below had some water seeping through the walls, fire officials said. Authorities said once the SAFD took control of the leak, the residents were allowed back into their apartments. No injuries were reported. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    GUERNEVILLE (CBS SF) — Cal Fire ordered thousands of Sonoma County residents to evacuate their homes Wednesday afternoon as two wildfires raged nearby. About 8,000 residents near Guerneville and the Russian River received orders to leave immediately as the Walbridge and Meyers Fire continued to grow Wednesday evening, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The Walbridge Fire, which is in the Armstrong Redwoods, started early that morning and quickly spread to 1,500 acres. As of Wednesday afternoon, it had spread far enough that it could be seen from downtown Guerneville. “I’ve never seen a fire this close to town,” one local said watching the flames move towards town. “It’s pretty crazy, but it happened very fast.” “Got my dog...
    GUERNEVILLE (CBS SF) — A lightning-sparked wildfire continued to grow early Wednesday as a wall of flames advanced into the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County authorities said. The blaze — in a heavily wooded, rural area of Sonoma County — has been named the Walbridge Fire and is among the blazes grouped together into the LNU Lightning Complex Fires. It has already forced around 10,000 local residents and visitors to evacuate the popular wilderness area near the Russian River. Sonoma County EOC Director Chris Godley called the fire “a source of concern” because of its rural location and the lack of mutual aid resources available. “At this time, Cal Fire has assigned one helicopter and one fixed wing...
    Thousands of people have had to flee their homes in areas near San Francisco after several quick moving wildfires swept into the region. California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as authorities battle hundreds of fires burning around the state. Most at risk is the city of Vacaville, home to about 100,000, which lies between San Francisco and Sacramento. Officials went door-to-door overnight in a frantic effort to clear homes. According to fire officials, 50 structures have burned down in Vacaville, with another 50 damaged by the fire. Image copyright Getty Images The blaze is thought to have been sparked by lightning and a heatwave on the US West Coast. Earlier this week, one of...
    MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire that started between Hood River and The Dalles in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge grew quickly Wednesday afternoon, prompting mandatory evacuations. The Oregon Department of Forestry tweeted about the fire near Mosier Creek Road Wednesday afternoon, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. At about 7 p.m. department spokesperson Christie Shaw estimated the blaze at about 50 acres (20 hectares). Shaw said it started just as crews were mopping up another fire in the same area along Interstate 84 near Mosier. She said crews contained that fire at about 2 acres. Shaw said investigators do not immediately know the cause of either fire. Winds caused the second fire to spread, and around 6 p.m., the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office...
    Hurricanes should always be taken seriously. Randall Hill/Reuters Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous so it's important you do not underestimate them so you can better keep yourself, your loved ones, and your pets safe.  Evacuation orders should be taken seriously and you should avoid standing in front of windows or going outside during a hurricane. Having a "hurricane party" can be dangerous and so can lighting candles or using gas lamps, especially if the winds are very strong.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When preparing for a hurricane, there are a few things you should keep in mind for the safety of yourself and others. After all, these storms can have a severe, damaging impact on...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Residents in a section of Conshohocken Borough in Montgomery County are being warned to evacuate the area as Tropical Storm Isaias passes through the region. Conshohocken Borough posted on Twitter Tuesday morning telling all residential units and businesses along Colwell Lane to evacuate “immediately.” “URGENT: All residential units and businesses along Colwell Lane should evacuate immediately,” the tweet read. “Please continue to stay tuned for further emergency updates regarding the storm.” URGENT: All residential units and businesses along Colwell Lane should evacuate immediately. Please continue to stay tuned for further emergency updates regarding the storm. https://t.co/Mov7Jmuo9q — Conshohocken Borough (@ConshyBorough) August 4, 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane after making landfall...
    California’s Apple fire spread to 26,450 acres Monday, Public Information Officer Daron Wyatt of the California Hearing Interagency Incident Management Team 2 told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Altogether, 2,296 personnel are responding to the fire, which is at 5% containment, Wyatt told the DCNF. The cause for the fire is still being investigated. One firefighter is believed to be injured, Public Information Officer Zach Behrens at the San Berardino National Forest told the DCNF. The U.S. Forest Service noted the fire began in Cherry Valley, California, according to CNN. The fire started Friday before 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and an estimated 7,800 people have evacuated, the Riverside County Fire Department said, according to another CNN report. (Related: 1700...
    Thousands of local residents have been ordered to evacuate as the fire scores 15,000 acres in Southern California. David McNew / Stringer / Getty Images Over 7,000 individuals have been ordered to evacuate over 2,000 residences as the Apple Fire in California sets over 15,000 acres on fire, according to The Desert Sun and Riverside County Fire Department. Local authorities first reported the Apple Fire on Friday evening.  Firefighters are fighting the fire in extremely hot weather. The National Weather Service reported a projected high of 99 degrees Fahrenheit in the region today.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Thousands of individuals have been ordered to evacuate their residences as a wildfire in Riverside County, California set...
    BEAUMONT, California – A wildfire in northwest Palm Springs rekindled on Saturday, prompting eviction orders for thousands of people as firefighters battled the fire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres in extreme heat. An unspecified number of homes were in the path of the flames but were not in imminent danger, CalFire captain Fernando Herrera told The Press-Enterprise, a Riverside newspaper. The fire, which started as two adjacent fires, was reported shortly before 5:00 p.m. Friday in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the town of Beaumont, in Riverside County. The flames advanced from the top of a summit and approached the homes as about 375 firefighters battled it by land and air, according to authorities. The so-called...
    BEAUMONT, California – A wildfire in northwest Palm Springs rekindled on Saturday, prompting eviction orders for thousands of people as firefighters battled the fire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres in extreme heat. An unspecified number of homes were in the path of the flames but were not in imminent danger, CalFire captain Fernando Herrera told The Press-Enterprise, a Riverside newspaper. The fire, which started as two adjacent fires, was reported shortly before 5:00 p.m. Friday in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the town of Beaumont, in Riverside County. The flames advanced from the top of a summit and approached the homes as about 375 firefighters battled it by land and air, according to authorities. The so-called...
    BEAUMONT, California – A wildfire in northwest Palm Springs rekindled on Saturday, prompting eviction orders for thousands of people as firefighters battled the fire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres in extreme heat. An unspecified number of homes were in the path of the flames but were not in imminent danger, CalFire captain Fernando Herrera told The Press-Enterprise, a Riverside newspaper. The fire, which started as two adjacent fires, was reported shortly before 5:00 p.m. Friday in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the town of Beaumont, in Riverside County. The flames advanced from the top of a summit and approached the homes as about 375 firefighters battled it by land and air, according to authorities. The so-called...
    (Reuters) - Nearly 8,000 residents of Riverside County in Southern California were forced to evacuate their homes on Saturday as a wildfire spread uncontained across more than 4,000 acres, the County fire department said. The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters - who routinely give blazes identifying names - was reported Friday in Cherry Valley, a community about 75 miles east of Los Angeles and had destroyed at least one family home as of Saturday evening. Photographs shared by the Riverside County fire department on Twitter on Saturday showed thick plumes of smoke filling the sky over the mountainous region. Residents of 2,586 homes, totaling around 7,800 people, had been told to evacuate, the department said. The fire...
    A wildfire in southern California, which has been deemed the Apple fire, has forced evacuation orders in several neighborhoods after burning more than 4,000 acres and destroying at least one home Saturday. The fire, which started in Riverside, an area roughly 75 miles from Los Angeles, is said to be zero percent contained even though 375 firefighters, dozens of engines and air support are on the scene. Evacuation warnings and orders have been set for the Potato Canyon and the Oak Glen areas, as the fire has moved into San Bernardino County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) on Saturday. “Approximately 2,586 homes totaling approximately 7,800 people are under evacuation orders,” the Riverside Fire Department tweeted Saturday evening....
    An Atlantic City hotel was partially evacuated Friday night after someone tossed a smoke bomb on the 18th floor, authorities said.  Firefighters were called to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino about 8 p.m. The disturbance prompted the evacuation of the hotel's 18th floor, Atlantic City fire officials said. There were no injuries, they said. Firefighters helped Hard Rock workers clear the smoke. Hotel security was reviewing surveillance video to see who lit the smoke bomb. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    An Atlantic City hotel was partially evacuated Friday night after someone tossed a smoke bomb on the 18th floor, authorities said.  Firefighters were called to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino about 9 p.m. The disturbance prompted the evacuation of the hotel's 18th floor, Atlantic City fire officials said. There were no injuries, they said. Firefighters helped Hard Rock workers clear the smoke. Hotel security was reviewing surveillance video to see who lit the smoke bomb. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Danang after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus at the weekend, the government said on Monday. The evacuation will take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily from Danang to 11 Vietnamese cities, the government said in a statement. The Southeast Asian country was back on high alert after the government on Saturday confirmed its first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in the tourism hot spot of Danang. (Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Ed Davies) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Ávila, Jul 26 (EFE) .– The fire that arose in an industrial warehouse that stored flammable materials, including solvent, in the town of San Pedro del Arroyo (Ávila) and that forced the evacuation of the residents of the town, which is already under control, although it is not totally extinct. The flames have burned the part of the plant where a type of solvent was produced, so the technicians investigate what could cause the fire in the warehouse belonging to the company Castellana Medio Ambiente SL, as reported by Efe the mayor of the municipality, Santiago Sánchez. The fire occurred around 7:00 pm yesterday and caused a column of black smoke that could be seen tens of kilometers away, including...
    PORT MANSFIELD, TX – Due to Hurricane Hanna’s expected landfall on Saturday, the Port Mansfield Police Department is urging residents, tourists and business owners to evacuate the area as soon as possible. The department posted the announcement on Facebook and said although the storm will make landfall in the afternoon, the inclement weather will begin earlier on. “If this storm proceeds as currently projected, it is very likely that persons in Port Mansfield could become trapped in a community that will not have power for an extended period of time and where evacuation via vessel or vehicles will be impossible due to the only two means of egress being closed by flood waters,” PMPD wrote in their post. “Understand...
    President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore. The event, which is expected to draw thousands, will not require people to wear masks or socially distance, even as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Trump is expected to speak at the event, which has issued 7,500 tickets to watch fireworks that he says will be a 'display like few people have seen.' It is expected to cost around $600,000 with money spent on fire and environmental consulting services, a permit review, inspections and even portable toilets, reports TMZ. Health experts are worried and one former park official says the event will 'endanger public safety' and it will be 'extremely difficult' to...
    Thousands of residents in one Utah community have been forced to evacuate as a fast-spreading wildfire burned some 10,000 acres of Monday as more critical fire weather is in the forecast for the state. The city of Saratoga Springs said as of Monday morning that the Knolls Fire is about 25 percent contained and that evacuations and road closures remain in the area located about 34 miles south of Salt Lake City. "Crews accessing homes, downed power lines & other potential hazards," city officials said. "Please stay clear of the area." CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER OUT WEST, EXTREME HEAT IN PLAINS AS SAHARAN DUST LINGERS So far, officials said 12 homes have been damaged and one home outside of city limits was...
    More than 13,000 people have been forced to evacuate 3,100 homes as a raging fire sparked by 'lightning' in Utah spread across 10,000 acres.  Lightning was initially reported as the cause of the blaze, dubbed the Knolls Fire, on Sunday night, but according to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, the fire is still under investigation.   The fire was sparked Sunday evening and due to extremely high winds burned across 2,000 acres.  By Monday morning, the Knolls Fire had spread over 10,000 acres, according to the Utah Fire Info Twitter account.  Scroll down for video   Lightning was initially reported as the cause of the blaze, dubbed the Knolls Fire, on Sunday night, but according to the...
    The nasty odor of durian fruit coming from a package at a Bavarian post office left six workers hospitalized and caused 60 workers to be evacuated, according to reports. Twelve postal workers received treatment for nausea, the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported. Cops and firefighters were dispatched to Schweinfurt in Germany on Saturday because the package was suspected to contain a dangerous gas or a harmful substance. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The fruit’s smell has caused numerous evacuations globally. Described as the "king of fruits" across Southeast Asia, the spiky fruit has a smell that's been compared to rotten meat, sewage and dead rats. Stacked fruit and socalled Singaporean King of fruits Durian. Night shot. Fruit is quite tasting...
    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported on Monday night that the Secret Service forced the press corps to evacuate the White House and grounds as protestors in nearby Lafayette Park skirmished with police as they attempted to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson. Breaking into his normal programming, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper brought in Collins, who explained what said was an unprecedented security step to demand the media exit the protected White House compound. “The Secret Service asked us to leave. I don’t think that’s ever happened since I’ve been inside the White House,” Collins noted. “Often they say you can’t go outside, the White House is on lockdown. Press was instructed to actually leave the White House grounds...
    SAN ANTONIO – An entire neighborhood was forced to evacuate their homes during an overnight standoff on the far West Side, according to Bexar County deputies. The incident happened around 11 p.m. in the 11000 block of Oakbrooke Hill. Deputies said a woman was in the bathroom, talking to a friend on the phone when her boyfriend had a nervous breakdown in another room. She claimed she was afraid, as there were guns in the other room, officials said. Her friend notified deputies and when they arrived, the woman ran out of the home. Officials said the boyfriend locked the door and wouldn’t come out of the residence. SWAT and negotiators were also called to the scene....
    A massive wildfire blazing near Arizona’s capital is razing through over 100,000 acres of desert and forestland, triggering expansive evacuations. The Bush Fire in Tonto National Forest, which ignited on Saturday in car fire, is gaining traction, nearly doubling in size from Wednesday morning to 104,379 acres by Thursday. The inferno, driven by hot and dry conditions coupled with strong, gusty winds, is only five percent contained, according to InciWeb, the US Forest Service’s wildfire site. Horrifying photographs have emerged of towering orange flames rising from the forest and mountains as a thick blanket of ashen smoke billows over the area, blowing towards the Four Corners region. According to the National Weather Service the fire is the seventh largest in Arizona’s...
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County authorities have advised residents of foothills area on the northern outskirts of metro Tucson to be prepared to evacuate because of a lightning-sparked wildfire in nearby mountains. A statement issued by county officials Wednesday night said the fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains posed a “significant danger” and that residents of a foothills area should consider voluntarily relocating outside the affected area with family or friends. The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for information on how many residences were in the area, which is bordered by the Coronado National Forest, Alvernon Way, Ina Road and First Avenue. TOP STORIES NASCAR Truck Series driver to quit over Confederate flag ban...