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    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- St. Helena's Adventist Health Medical Center is evacuating patients because of a fast-moving fire in Napa County.As of Sunday, the hospital had 55 patients. All have been evacuated safely, a representative from the hospital told ABC7.Video shows firefighters from Contra Costa County and San Ramon Valley driving ambulances to the...
    LOS ANGELES - The nation's largest electric utility has temporarily shut off power to thousands of northern California residents to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment as the state braces for potentially strong winds and extreme fire weather conditions. Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power Sunday to about 11,000 customers mostly in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Hazy and smoky skies returned to the Bay Area Sunday due to the Glass Fire that sparked overnight in Napa County.ABC7's Lisa Argen says smoke from that wildfire is moving to the southeast.RELATED: Glass Fire grows to 800 acres, mandatory evacuations underway in parts of Napa CountyStrong northeasterly winds are pushing...
    Getty FEMA is providing the disaster unemployment payments. California and Oregon are offering its residents “disaster unemployment assistance” due to multiple wildfires that have killed dozens, caused millions of dollars in damage and displaced families across several states on the West coast. The government defines disaster unemployment assistance as “… a program (that)...
    MONTEREY — Bay Area residents are in for a brutal week as forecasters predict temperatures over 100 degrees and smoky skies from new wildfires all this week. National Weather Service meteorologist Gerry Diaz said hot and dry conditions are expected for much of the area throughout the week, with peak temperatures expected Sunday and Monday....
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest electric utility has temporarily shut off power to thousands of Northern California residents to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment as the state braces for potentially strong winds and extreme fire weather conditions. Pacific Gas & Electric said Sunday it began shutting off power to customers in portions...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for some residents in St. Helena and other parts of Napa County due to a wildfire.CAL FIRE says the Glass Fire is 800 acres, as of 7:45 a.m., and has a "dangerous rate of spread." #GlassIncident - Update - Fire is approximately 800 acres...
    Worsening wildfires and poor air quality are set to hit Northern California Sunday and Monday amid potentially record-breaking heat, meteorologists said. The dry, hot forecast puts a massive swath of land from Redding down to the Bay Area under a “red flag warning,” the National Weather Service’s most severe level of fire alert, the Weather...
    Louisville cops in crisis after Breonna Taylor protests, COVID-19, homicides This Ice Cream Is Being Recalled Due to Allergy Concerns Breathe easier during wildfires with a DIY air purifier Wildfires have been raging throughout the West Coast of the US for two months now. Recently, the smoke was so dense it was visible from...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Ready or not, red flag fire danger combined with scorching temperatures are heading fast and furious to the Bay Area as dry, high winds are expected to sweep into the region amid a grueling heat wave.A Red Flag Warning has been issued for much of the Bay Area,HEAT WAVE: Bay Area...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Red Flag Warning has been issued for much of the Bay Area, as dry, high winds are expected to sweep into the region amid a grueling heat wave.HEAT WAVE: Bay Area heat wave could bring 107-degree high temperaturesThe warning goes into effect Saturday night at 9 p.m. and lasts through...
    Pacific Gas & Electric warned they may have to cut power to almost 100,000 homes in Northern California with strong winds and warm temperatures creating a risk of new wildfires.  Company officials made the announcement on Friday, saying that 'hot and dry conditions, combined with expected high wind gusts, pose an increased risk for damage...
    SAN ANTONIO – “Do or do not. There is no try." Five-year-old Carver and his grandmother Sasha Tinning are taking legendary Jedi Master Yoda’s advice to heart and giving first responders fighting fires on the West Coast a reason to smile. Fans of Disney’s “The Mandalorian” will recognize this fan-favorite from the series that is...
    (CNN)The Force must have been with a kitten rescued in a Northern California wildfire as the feline bears a striking resemblance to Baby Yoda.Firefighters found the kitten, estimated to be about 2 to 3 weeks old, in the middle of the road while battling the North Complex Fire in Northern California on September 20.The kitten...
    Marlborough, Conn. (AP) — A group of 10 firefighters from Connecticut and Massachusetts has returned home after spending the last several weeks helping to battle wildfires in northern California. The contingent left Connecticut on Sept. 4 and initially worked with the Hoopa Tribe on the Hoopa Valley Reservation, which is located in the northwestern part...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power from Sunday morning...
    A majority of likely voters across the country do not consider “climate change” the driving factor of catastrophic wildfires in the west, a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday showed. The survey asked likely voters, “Which is the more likely reason that wildfires in California are spreading – climate change or a variety of other natural...
    Smoking weed is the newest worry for California firefighters as the state’s biggest wildfire races toward the nation’s biggest marijuana-producing region. The wildfire is headed for Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, two small communities northwest of Sacramento that lie in the heart of cannabis country, the Associated Press reported. And many of the locals...
    Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power from Sunday morning to Monday, potentially...
    When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California’s wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire. Firefighters and technologists have long dreamed...
    By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters in northern and central California are bracing Saturday for hot, dry and windy weather that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Efforts to corral more than two dozen wildfires across the state have benefited recently from low winds and...
    This kitty has quite the doppelganger. A small kitten that was rescued from the California wildfires over the weekend has been dubbed “Baby Yoda” for her resemblance to the character on the Disney+ show, “The Mandalorian.” On Wednesday, the North Valley Animal Disaster Group posted a picture of the kitten right after she had been...
    Getty Google (left) and coronavirus, as seen through the microscope of a British scientist (left). Google announced that it will begin pulling in data from multiple sources and using color-coding to signify coronavirus hotspots as part of its navigation functions. The new feature will appear on Android and iOS systems after the app...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the start of the pandemic. Officials attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day celebrations, the return of college students to campus and the interruption...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Track air quality levels where you live with the interactive map below.Track air quality levels where you live with Live Doppler 7 in the media player above and in the interactive map below.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowTake a look...
    Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public Friday morning following a weeklong closure due to significant smoke impacts from California’s wildfires. The popular national park will welcome guests once again starting at 9 a.m., the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement, citing improved air quality conditions. California’s largest national park closed Sept....
    Associated Press SACRAMENTO — 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 called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of...
    Smoke from California wildfires can taint the flavor of wine grapes, but flawed harvests are unlikely to make it into the hands of consumers. Or at least that’s what experts at the Wine Institute — an advocacy group for the California wine industry — says regarding recent wildfires in the state. “The majority of California’s...
    SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is poised to shut off power to thousands of residents in the Sierra Foothills this weekend amid hot, dry and windy conditions. In a news release Thursday, PG&E said “high-risk fire conditions are expected to arrive Saturday evening, continue through Sunday evening and subside Monday morning.” Some...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Fall should be the best time of year in Sonoma's Wine Country, but if you looked around Sonoma Square today, you might think otherwise. It's mostly empty.In the tasting room at the Ledson Hotel, nary a soul, except for the staff and the owner."I have never seen it like this,"...
    Climate change is driving the scale and impact of recent wildfires that have raged in California, say scientists. Their analysis finds an "unequivocal and pervasive" role for global heating in boosting the conditions for fire. California now has greater exposure to fire risks than before humans started altering the climate, the authors say. Land...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- From wildfires to earthquakes, Southern Californians have had recent, vivid reminders that being prepared for disasters is critically important.So how can you make sure you're ready? Jeff Edelstein, owner of SOS Survival Products, joined ABC7 news anchors Jovana Lara and Phillip Palmer to talk about the items everyone should have in...
    Smoke from California wildfires can taint the flavor of wine grapes, but flawed harvests are unlikely to make it into the hands of consumers. Or at least that’s what experts at the Wine Institute — an advocacy group for the California wine industry — says regarding recent wildfires in the state. “The majority of California's wine grape...
    The Bobcat Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.Ringo Chiu/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In mid-August, the most destructive wildfire season in California history seemed to peak over a deadly 48-hour period. Between the evenings of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rain showers fell Thursday on the northwestern edges of fire-ravaged California but forecasters warned residents to not be fooled: A new round of hot, dry and windy weather is expected by the weekend. “Ideally this would be a signal for a change in the upcoming weather pattern but it unfortunately looks...
    San Francisco, California, on September 9, 2020. Katie Canales/Business Insider Wildfire smoke has likely killed more than 1,200 people in California this year, according to Stanford researchers.  That's because smoke contains harmful particles that can enter the lungs and bloodstream, raising people's risk of heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.  The analysis only...
    Two years ago, Paradise Community Village, an affordable housing complex in Paradise, burned down when the Camp fire devastated the town. Earlier this month, developers were set to hold a groundbreaking to rebuild the complex when thick smoke from a nearby wildfire canceled the event. The story reveals the stark challenges facing California as it...
    California has already endured its worst fire year in recorded history, but with more heat and wind in the forecast, officials say conditions could get even worse as the state enters the peak of its traditional burning season. Another heat wave is bearing down on California — adding a potent ingredient to an unwelcome meteorological...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- "When we look at the food that's on our tables, they're all being picked by somebody, and who is that somebody?" Marivel Mendoza asks.She explains most of us are in a situation where we can work from home, however, farmworkers are not. Not only are they working in very...
    (CNN)Firefighters from Mexico are in California to help battle the record-breaking wildfires ravaging the state. The US Forest Service in California welcomed firefighters from Mexico's National Forestry Commission on Wednesday."Fires do not have borders, fires do not have different languages and cultures. In the end we all speak the same language when it comes to...
    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 not been positively identified. Atiyeh is the last...
    HEALDSBURG (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 year’s blazes has been especially bad...
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — Firefighters from Mexico have come to help battle the numerous wildfires burning up and down the West Coast. (credit: Pacific Southwest Forest Service) Firefighters from the Comisión Nacional Forestal, or CONAFOR, were welcomed by U.S. Forest Service officials at San Bernardino International Airport, where they exchanged greetings and gifts Wednesday. Five...
    Reeling from the worst fire season in California’s history, 3 in 4 state voters say wildfires pose a greater threat today than ever before, yet they are divided sharply along party lines about what role climate change plays in the infernos, according to a new poll. The widespread belief that California’s wildfire threat is greater...