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Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Progress comes despite the forced grounding overnight of firefighting helicopters after at least two hobby drones are seen operating in the area, posing a risk of collision, officials say

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters refill their water tank on their way to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California on November 02, 2019. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Tens of thousands evacuated as wildfires rage in California

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Around 40,000 people are told to flee the Tick Fire, which is raging across 4,000 acres just north of Los Angeles

A building is engulfed in flames at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on October 24, 2019. fast-moving wildfire roared through California wine country early Thursday, as authorities warned of the imminent danger of more fires across much of the Golden State. The Kincade fire in Sonoma County kicked up Wednesday night, quickly growing from a blaze of a few hundred acres into an uncontained 10,000-acre (4,000-hectare) inferno, California fire and law enforcement officials said. Josh Edelson / AFP

At least $9 billion in insurance claims from California fires

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:23 PM

'The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California's history," says California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. - Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day digging battle lines to contain California's worst ever wildfire as the wind-whipped flames cleaved a merciless path through the state's northern hills, leaving death and devastation in their wake. The Camp Fire -- in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento -- has killed 29 people, matching the state's deadliest ever brush blaze 85 years ago. More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, according to officials. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)

Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Investigators in grim search for dead as California fires rage

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

BLAZE RUINS. A Butte County sheriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Photo by James Sullivan/Getty Images North America/AFP

Returning winds churn up heightened alert in fire-hit California

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The National Weather Service issues a red alert for 'gusty winds and low relative humidity' in the affected area of Santa Barbara County

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Nearly 700 structures including multi-million dollar mansions have been destroyed by wildfires raging on 6 different fronts

RAGING FIRE. Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Gusty winds are hampering the efforts of the 8,000 firefighters battling 20 blazes

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The Angeles forest fire – dubbed Blue Cut – has devoured 12 545 hectares an area more than twice the size of Bermuda and is just 4 contained

WILDFIRE. A chopper lines up to make a water drop on the Blue Cut fire, northeast of Los Angeles, California, USA, August 18, 2016. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

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Aug 17, 2016 - 8:36 PM

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More than 1,400 homes razed in California fires

Sep 21, 2015 - 2:40 PM

The death toll rises to 6 after a person was killed in a new fire south of Monterey

CALIFORNIA FIRES. A handout picture made available by the US Forest Service on September 20, 2015, shows an out-of-control wildfire approaching the Kings River, east of Fresno, California, USA, on September 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of US Forest Service/EPA

Man charged with arson amid raging California fires

May 17, 2014 - 12:34 PM

One of the worst hit areas was San Marcos 15 miles inland from Carlsbad which is north of the far south western US city of San Diego

Thousands flee California ‘fire in the sky’

May 15, 2014 - 9:23 AM

The blazes come amid record temperatures in the western US state where the annual wildfire season typically starts much later in the year

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California fire spreads toward San Francisco water supply

Aug 27, 2013 - 12:04 AM

The blaze which started August 17 shows little sign of abating Large fire growth is expected due to extremely dry fuels and inaccessible terrain

OUT OF CONTROL. Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013, near Groveland, California. The fire continues and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP