California wildfires

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Neil Young Loses His Home, Pens Retort to Trump

A fire scientist weighs in, too

(Newser) - President Trump on Saturday expressed his belief that the wildfires ravaging California can be blamed on "gross mismanagement of the forests." Neil Young, for one, isn't having it. Variety reports the musician lost his Malibu home in the fires, and on Sunday he offered a retort to... More »

Garbage Collector Gets 93-Year-Old to Safety

Woman on his route was alone in Paradise, Calif., as wildfire approached

(Newser) - Amid the awful stories out of the California wildfires come others like this: A garbage collector in the city of Paradise went out of his way to make sure a 93-old woman on his route got out safely. KCRA reports that the unusual rescue took place on Thursday morning, as... More »

Fire Now Tied for Deadliest in California History

Butte County's Camp Fire has killed at least 29

(Newser) - A somber update to one of the wildfires raging through California: Twenty-nine people have died and 228 are missing in the wake of Butte County's Camp Fire, putting the blaze in a tie for the highest death toll since the state started keeping records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle ... More »

Celebs Lose Houses in Cali Wildfire

Gerard Butler came home to charred ruins

(Newser) - With fires ravaging California—and the death toll reaching 23 in the Camp Fire near Sacramento—even celebrities are seeing their homes threatened or burned to the ground, People reports. Among celebs who lost homes in the 70,000-acre Woolsey Fire in Malibu are Gerard Butler, who tweeted a photo... More »

Calif. Wildfire Has Claimed a Piece of Hollywood History

'Western Town,' where 'Westworld' and 'Gunsmoke' were filmed, has burned

(Newser) - California's monstrous Woolsey fire is continuing to rage, and the AP reports that officials have called in a mobile DNA lab to assist in the grim task of identifying the 23 people killed so far. The fire's toll is expected to increase, and has extended to something... More »

'You Did It!': Video of Dad, Daughter's Wildfire Escape

Meanwhile, statewide death toll rises to 25

(Newser) - A video that captures a family's escape from the California wildfires has gone viral, thanks mainly to the father's calm reassurance of his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat. Joe Allen sings to Olivia at one point, "Baby it'll be all right" as he drives through... More »

Cali Wildfire Doubles in Size

And two more are dead

(Newser) - A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in Southern California's hills and canyons has killed two people and had more than doubled in size by Saturday, the AP reports. Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned... More »

Trump's Answer to Calif. Fires: I May Yank Federal Funds

President blames state's 'gross mismanagement' of forests for wildfires

(Newser) - As the wildfires ravaging California continue to wreak havoc , President Trump has weighed in from across the world—and he's blaming California, per Reuters . In an early Saturday post from Paris, where he's attending events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I,... More »

5 Bodies Found in Vehicles Torched by Wildfires

Authorities have also gotten reports of more fatalities

(Newser) - The Camp Fire raging in Butte County in Northern California has claimed at least five lives. The bodies were found in cars that had been torched by the flames, KPIX reports. According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies were found Thursday. They could... More »

Smell of Smoke From Fires in Bay Area 'Overwhelming'

An unhealthy air quality alert has been issued, 40K people displaced; SoCal dealing with its own fires

(Newser) - Authorities have issued an unhealthy air quality alert for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area as smoke from a massive wildfire drifts south, polluting the air. Officials say thousands of structures in the town of Paradise, 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, were destroyed by the blaze that has... More »

Raging Wildfire 'Wiped Out' Calif. Community

'Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures, the AP reports. "Pretty much... More »

Frantic Evacuees Abandoning Vehicles to Flee Wildfire

Camp Fire is burning near Paradise, California

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors who had to drive through walls of flames to escape, the AP reports. It was not immediately known if... More »

In Unprecedented Move, Power Shut Off in California Amid Fire Fears

45mph wind gusts predicted in Northern California

(Newser) - Northern California's biggest utility has shut off power to tens of thousands of customers in an unprecedented step to prevent wildfires amid rising winds and official warnings of extreme fire danger, the AP reports. Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off the lights in California's wine country and... More »

Trucks Abandoned as Wildfire Rages Around Freeway

'Oh my God, I want to go!'

(Newser) - An explosive wildfire closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway only weeks after a nearby blaze left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people. The Delta Fire erupted Wednesday afternoon and within hours had devoured nearly 8 square miles of timber and brush on both sides of... More »

Calif. Fire Chief: Verizon Slowed Our Data as We Fought Blaze

Led to 'significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,' lawsuit declaration says

(Newser) - Anxiety over how the absence of net neutrality rules could affect things has manifested itself in California. Ars Technica reports on a new lawsuit that includes a statement from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden alleging Verizon throttled the fire department's data services (specifically tied to its vehicle... More »

Massive Fire Tornado 'Was Incompatible With Life'

It was the last thing Calif. firefighter Jeremy Stoke ever saw

(Newser) - In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy... More »

No Cold Shoulder for Owners of Trailer Blamed for Deadly Fire

'It could have happened to any of us'

(Newser) - The rim of a flat trailer tire scraping against asphalt sparked California's eighth largest wildfire near Redding three weeks ago, but the trailer's owners shouldn't blame themselves , many of their neighbors say. The couple, unidentified by authorities, have received at least 100 letters absolving them of blame... More »

Utah Firefighter Killed Battling California Blaze

He's the 6th firefighter to die in wave of wildfires

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. Details haven't been released. Firefighters from all over... More »

'Lives Are at Stake': Feds Slam California Water Rules

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross steps in with new directive

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently inspired the feds to alter California water rules regarding wildfires, Fox News reports. "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean," Trump tweeted Monday . "Can... More »

Wildfire Is Now Biggest in California History

Old record only stood for 7 months

(Newser) - "We broke the record," Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean says of the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California. "That's one of those records you don't want to see." The blaze—made up of the twin Ranch and River fires about 100 miles... More »

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