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latest: 37 structures burned in northern california wildfire


oroville, calif. — the latest on wildfires across the u.s. west (all times local):8:30 p.m.a northern california wildfire has destroyed 37 structures, at least some of them homes. the figure is up from 17 destroyed structures previously reported by state fire officials.however, the blaze weakened significantly monday and waves of the thousands of oroville residents whose homes were evacuated at the fire's peak were being allowed to return.officials say five more structures were damaged by the wildfire north of sacramento that has burned 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and is 40 percent contained. they would not say how many of the burned structures were homes.it's among several large wildfires burning around california and throughout the west.___4:15 p.m.a northern california man lea






regulators fine pg&e $8.3m for deadly northern california wildfire


sacramento — regulators say they have fined pacific gas and electric co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in northern california that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people.the california public utilities commission said tuesday it fined pg&e $8 million for poor tree maintenance by pg&e and its contractors and the rest for failing to report one of its power lines may have started the blaze.a cal fire investigation found the state’s largest utility and its contractors failed to maintain a gray pine tree that slumped into a power line igniting the september 2015 fire in amador county.the blaze burned for three weeks, killing two people and destroying more than 900 structures, including about 550 homes. the 110-square-mile fire caused an estima






wildfire creates automator-like workflows in chrome


automator is one of the easiest ways to automate tasks on your mac, and the ability to record mouse actions makes it so just about anyone can create their own workflows within seconds. wildfire is a chrome extension that attempts to bring a similar feature to chrome.advertisementwildfire essentially allows you to create little macros based wholly in chrome. tap the record button, and wildfire records everything you do, eventually turning that into a workflow. these actions can include mouse clicks, changing tabs, creating tabs, scrolling a page, inputting data, and more. how useful this is depends entirely on how much time you spend in your browser and what you do with that time. regardless, it’s a neat tool that might prove useful for anyone who does a lot of repetitive tasks. wildfire






'big bang theory' star home destroyed by california wildfire


san luis obispo, calif. — the home of "big bang theory" star johnny galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in california.nicole perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the san luis obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast.by tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile (6.5 sq. kilometer) wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can't be assessed until they have been mostly contained.about 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of santa margarita after the blaze erupted monday, but on tuesday night they were told they could return home.galecki plays dr. leonard hofsta






‘big bang theory’ star home destroyed by california wildfire


san luis obispo, calif. (ap) — the home of “big bang theory” star johnny galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in california.nicole perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the san luis obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state’s central coast.by tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile (6.5 sq. kilometer) wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can’t be assessed until they have been mostly contained.about 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of santa margarita after the blaze erupted monday, but on tuesday night they were told they could return home.most read storiesunlimited






the latest: car accident sparks major wildfire in california


salt lake city — the latest on a major wildfire burning in utah and others burning across the u.s. west. (all times local):9 p.m.a wildfire sparked by a traffic accident on a remote highway 80 miles east of los angeles has grown to nearly two square miles (over 500 hectares) in just a few hours.firefighters working in high temperatures are battling the wildfire in the beaumont area of riverside county, where residents have been warned they may need to evacuate.two people were hospitalized in the solo-vehicle crash and subsequent car fire that caused the wildfire on monday afternoon.the california department of forestry and fire protection says the blaze has grown to 1,200 acres and there's zero containment.the flames are chewing across rugged terrain and state route 79 is closed in the are






the latest: cooler weather helps in western wildfire fight


santa maria, calif. — the latest on wildfires burning in the western u.s. and canada. (all times local):9:55 a.m.california crews are hoping slightly cooler temperatures and diminishing winds will help in the battle against three major wildfires that have destroyed structures, closed a highway and forced evacuations.one of two fires raging in santa barbara county grew to 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) early sunday, traversing a mountain range and heading south toward coastal goleta. there is minimal containment and flames have shut down state route 154.county fire capt. dave zaniboni says crews will use air tankers to attack that fire and another one about 50 miles north that exploded in size to 37.5 square miles (97 square kilometers).at least 10 buildings have burned in a blaze i






thousands flee wildfires burning in the u.s. and canada


santa maria, calif. – wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western u.s. and canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a california campground.here's a look at the wildfires blackening the west.northern californiain northern california, a wildfire swept through grassy foothills in the sierra nevada and destroyed at least 10 structures and threatened more than 750 homes.the blaze about 60 miles north of sacramento grew rapidly to more than 7 square miles and was nearly 20 percent contained, according to the california department of forestry and fire protection."it made a huge run last night," fire spokeswoman mary ann aldrich said sunday. she said additional homes were destroyed, but that fire offi






the latest: more buildings burned by western wildfires


santa maria, calif. — the latest on wildfires burning in the western u.s. and canada (all times local):1 p.m.destructive wildfires burning across the west have charred a handful more buildings and led to more evacuations.in rural arizona, fire officials say three homes were among 10 buildings that were burned. the wildfire there has led to the evacuation of the entire town of dudleyville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of phoenix.a wildfire burning in near summer lake in south-central oregon has destroyed a hunting cabin and an outbuilding.in california, officials expanded evacuations around a wildfire that had destroyed 10 buildings in rural northern california.more than 200 wildfires were burning in the canadian province of british columbia, forcing thousands to flee.and in n






latest: fire containment up, evacuees return in california


oroville, calif. — the latest on wildfires across the u.s. west (all times local):7:10 a.m.crews have increased containment of a major northern california wildfire that sent thousands fleeing homes over the weekend.officials on wednesday also downgraded the number of structures threatened by the fire near oroville from several thousand to roughly 600. evacuees are slowly returning to their homes. at least 41 homes and 55 other buildings have been destroyed.the blaze in the grassy foothills of the sierra nevada has burned nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and injured four firefighters. it's 60 percent contained.a small wildfire east of san jose has destroyed three homes and forced evacuations. it's 50 percent contained.at least 3,500 people remain out of their homes from a pair o






latest: most evacuees from california fires return home


oroville, calif. — the latest on wildfires across the u.s. west (all times local):10 p.m.nearly all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across california.a fire near the northern california town of oroville which drove 4,000 people from their homes was 70 percent contained late wednesday, allowing all residents there to return. many of the same residents had also been forced to flee the possibility of spring flooding. the blaze has destroyed 41 homes since breaking out friday.to the south in santa barbara county, a large, 45-square-mile (115-square-kilometer) fire was also 70 percent contained, allowing for evacuations to be canceled there too.a few dozen homes remained under evacuation orders for another fire burning near lake cachuma.___7:10 a.m.crews have increa






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city — better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said sunday night. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of nearby homes in the city of santa clarita.utah wildfire incident commander tim roide said in a statement that sunday was "a good day for firefighters, who were able to have success securing areas of particular concern, including the many structures affected by the brian head fire."firefighters on sunday put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the southwest on monday, officials said. the blaze, which is being battle






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city — better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said sunday night. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of nearby homes in the city of santa clarita.utah wildfire incident commander tim roide said in a statement that sunday was "a good day for firefighters, who were able to have success securing areas of particular concern, including the many structures affected by the brian head fire."firefighters on sunday put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the southwest on monday, officials said. the blaze, which is being battle






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as heat persists, california wildfire threat grows


a punishing heat wave that brought record temperatures to california this week may be easing, but the risk of wildfire was expected to grow thursday as a result of continued warmth, increased winds and lush ground cover, according to the national weather service.on wednesday, the weather service issued a red flag warning for parts of northern california through thursday afternoon. the warning includes the northern sacramento valley, where triple-digit heat, strong winds and low relative humidity have created a potent mix for fire.in southern california, conditions have yet to meet the threshold for a red flag warning, but the weather service did say the region should prepare for the increased risk of fire.“while winds have been relatively light so far this week, onshore flow is expected to






as heat persists, california wildfire threat grows


a punishing heat wave that brought record temperatures to california this week may be easing, but the risk of wildfire was expected to grow thursday as a result of continued warmth, increased winds and lush ground cover, according to the national weather service.on wednesday, the weather service issued a red flag warning for parts of northern california through thursday afternoon. the warning includes the northern sacramento valley, where triple-digit heat, strong winds and low relative humidity have created a potent mix for fire.in southern california, conditions have yet to meet the threshold for a red flag warning, but the weather service did say the region should prepare for the increased risk of fire.“while winds have been relatively light so far this week, onshore flow is expected to






wet winter sets precipitation record in northern california


a series of late-season storms vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for california’s northern sierra nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the california department of water resources.as of thursday, an astonishing 89.7 inches of precipitation across a zone of eight stations in the northern sierra has been recorded since october. that breaks the record 88.5 inches that fell by the in the 1982-83 rainy season.sierra nevada precipitation is significant because the mountain range supplies large amounts of water to the rest of the state.experts and state water officials say california is seeing more of these intense weather swings as temperatures warm, which has profound implications for the droughts and floods the state may face in the






evacuees return, damage measured as western wildfires wane


oroville, calif. (ap) — relief was arriving after a rough stretch of wildfires all around the u.s. west, with firefighters slowly surrounding once-fierce blazes and evacuees starting to stream back home.authorities surveying the damage from a blaze in northern california said tuesday that at least 41 homes had been destroyed near the town of oroville.some residents had returned home after fleeing a wildfire in the grassy foothills of the sierra nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of sacramento, but thousands remained under evacuation orders.in arizona, recent monsoon rain has helped stop the growth of a wildfire in mountains overlooking tucson and an evacuation order was lifted for the summer-retreat community of summerhaven.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 week






california fires are early, unpredictable after winter rain


los angeles — timber and brush parched from a years-long dry spell and thick grass that grew after drought-busting winter downpours are making for early and unpredictable wildfire behavior that california officials haven't seen for years, if at all.dense layers of new grass are providing a "fine fuel" for flames that then gain speed and intensity by moving through "standing dead fuel" made up of vegetation and trees that shriveled during the state's six-year drought, said kathleen schori with the california department of forestry and fire protection."it's difficult to remember a year quite like this one," she said tuesday. "there's such a mix of fuels that these large damaging fires are starting at least a month earlier than usual." the result, she said, could be a longer and more destruct






california fires are early, unpredictable after winter rain


los angeles — timber and brush parched from a years-long dry spell and thick grass that grew after drought-busting winter downpours are making for early and unpredictable wildfire behavior that california officials haven't seen for years, if at all.dense layers of new grass are providing a "fine fuel" for flames that then gain speed and intensity by moving through "standing dead fuel" made up of vegetation and trees that shriveled during the state's six-year drought, said kathleen schori with the california department of forestry and fire protection."it's difficult to remember a year quite like this one," she said tuesday. "there's such a mix of fuels that these large damaging fires are starting at least a month earlier than usual." the result, she said, could be a longer and more destruct






california fires are early, unpredictable after winter rain


los angeles — timber and brush parched from a years-long dry spell and thick grass that grew after drought-busting winter downpours are making for early and unpredictable wildfire behavior that california officials haven't seen for years, if at all.dense layers of new grass are providing a "fine fuel" for flames that then gain speed and intensity by moving through "standing dead fuel" made up of vegetation and trees that shriveled during the state's six-year drought, said kathleen schori with the california department of forestry and fire protection."it's difficult to remember a year quite like this one," she said tuesday. "there's such a mix of fuels that these large damaging fires are starting at least a month earlier than usual." the result, she said, could be a longer and more destruct






authorities surveying damage from wildfire near oroville, california, find at le


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressoroville, calif. (ap) — authorities surveying damage from wildfire near oroville, california, find at least three dozen homes destroyed.the associated press






firefighters battle wildfires in arizona, utah, california


phoenix — a wildfire burning wednesday through a dense arizona forest has forced hundreds of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.the fire in the mountains about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of phoenix, fanned by 35 mph (56 kph) winds, has charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). more than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.elsewhere across the western u.s., utah firefighters braced wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town.and in california, a wildfire destroyed the home of "big bang theory" star johnny galecki on a ranch i






"big bang theory" star's home burns down in california wildfire


san luis obispo, calif. -- the home of "big bang theory" star johnny galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in california.nicole perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the san luis obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast."my heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly -- which may seem crazy to some, but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile," galecki told tmz, which first reported the home was destroyed.  by tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the fu






the latest: california wildfires send some 8k people fleeing


santa maria, calif. — the latest on wildfires in the western u.s. and canada (all times local):3:58 p.m.two major wildfires in california have sent nearly 8,000 people fleeing to safety.fire officials said on sunday 4,000 people evacuated and other 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as a fire swept through grassy foothills in the sierra nevada, about 60 miles north of sacramento.a california department of forestry and fire protection spokeswoman said that fire has burned nearly 8 square miles (20 sq. kilometers) and has destroyed at least 10 structures.mary ann aldrich said additional homes were destroyed overnight. an inspection team is trying to determine the extent of the damage.in southern california, some 3,600 people evacuated as a result of a wildfire in the santa ynez






officials work to keep pace with increasing intensity of california wildfires


san diego – california’s wildfire season is getting longer and more intense, and scientific and forestry experts foresee hotter and drier conditions that would make the situation significantly worse.state and local officials have in the last decade updated efforts to keep people and property safe from out-of-control conflagrations. this includes such things as updated building codes, requirements on defensible space around homes and various forest management techniques.however, many fear that those tactics won’t be enough to keep pace with the worst consequences of powerful blazes, which have ripped through the state’s forests with growing frequency and size over the past few decades.a continued trend of backcountry development and aggressive fire suppression to keep those properties safe






evacuees return, damage measured as california wildfires wane – the denver post


oroville, calif. — relief was arriving after a rough stretch of wildfires all around the u.s. west, with firefighters slowly surrounding once-fierce blazes and evacuees starting to stream back home.authorities surveying the damage from a blaze in northern california said tuesday that at least 41 homes and 55 other buildings had been destroyed near the town of oroville.some residents had returned home after fleeing the flames in the grassy foothills of the sierra nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of sacramento, but thousands remained evacuated as the fire entered its fifth day. the blaze burned nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and injured four firefighters. it was 55 percent contained.crews were making progress against dozens of wildfires across the western u.s.in col






western wildfires feed on grass brought on by winter rain


oroville, calif. — wildfires driving people from their homes in california and throughout the west have had help from an unlikely source: the rain. major winter downpours that pulled the state out of years of drought also brought a layer of grass that early-summer fires are greedily feeding on."what the heavy rains have done is created a grass crop that we haven't seen in forever," said santa barbara county fire capt. dave zaniboni, whose department was battling two large wildfires monday. "that creates faster moving fires, hotter fires, it carries fire much more readily."older, dried out trees and vegetation are especially dangerous for wildland blazes, but enough new and drying grass can provide links between such tinderboxes.bennet milloy of the california department of forestry and fir






western wildfires feed on grass brought on by winter rain


oroville, calif. (ap) — wildfires driving people from their homes in california and throughout the west have had help from an unlikely source: the rain. major winter downpours that pulled the state out of years of drought also brought a layer of grass that early-summer fires are greedily feeding on.“what the heavy rains have done is created a grass crop that we haven’t seen in forever,” said santa barbara county fire capt. dave zaniboni, whose department was battling two large wildfires monday. “that creates faster moving fires, hotter fires, it carries fire much more readily.”older, dried out trees and vegetation are especially dangerous for wildland blazes, but enough new and drying grass can provide links between such tinderboxes.bennet milloy of the california department of forestry an






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city (ap) — nearly 1,000 firefighters battled a utah wildfire that grew sunday morning to nearly 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway.kutv reported that a few utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of brian head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. the fire has also burned in the dixie national forest.evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for las vegas residents.“this is a catastrophic fire, no two ways about it,” said garfield count






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city — nearly 1,000 firefighters battled a utah wildfire that grew sunday morning to nearly 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway.kutv reported that a few utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of brian head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. the fire has also burned in the dixie national forest.evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for las vegas residents."this is a catastrophic fire, no two ways about it," said garfield county she






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city — nearly 1,000 firefighters battled a utah wildfire that grew sunday morning to nearly 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of some nearby homes in the city of santa clarita.kutv reported that a few utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of brian head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. the fire has also burned in the dixie national forest.evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for las vegas residents."t






firefighters battle intense wildfires in utah, california


salt lake city (ap) — nearly 1,000 firefighters battled a utah wildfire that grew sunday morning to nearly 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins. in southern california, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of some nearby homes in the city of santa clarita.kutv reported that a few utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of brian head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. the fire has also burned in the dixie national forest.evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for las vegas residen






thousands flee rising floodwaters in san jose as mandatory evacuation orders are


flooding fears heighten as another powerful storm takes aim at northern californialouis sahagun, sonali kohli and melissa etehadas southern california dug out of damaging winter storms, there was growing anxiety in northern california that another round of punishing rain and snow forecast for this week would further tax the region’s already strained flood control systems.parts of northern california are already on track...as southern california dug out of damaging winter storms, there was growing anxiety in northern california that another round of punishing rain and snow forecast for this week would further tax the region’s already strained flood control systems.parts of northern california are already on track... (louis sahagun, sonali kohli and melissa etehad)






calif. wildfires force thousands to evacuate homes


byjustin carissimocbs/apjuly 10, 2017, 9:06 pmoroville, calif. -- california fire officials are warning residents in wildfire areas to get out immediately if authorities issue evacuation orders.bennet milloy, spokesman for the state's department of forestry and fire protection, said monday that officials had to send in three engine crews to rescue a person who ignored weekend orders to leave as flames approached mountain homes. milloy says officials will always try to save human lives, but the effort can sometimes drain resources needed elsewhere. he says three engines can protect up to 20 homes.milloy says crews fighting a 9-square-mile fire near oroville in northern california are contending with steep terrain, soaring daytime temperatures and the possibility of renewed winds.playvideocb






with insurance help done, legislature's road gets harder


st. paul, minn. — fresh off clearing the legislative session's first big hurdle by approving financial relief for minnesota residents facing m ive health insurance premium hikes, the state's leaders say it bodes well for the rest of the year. but far harder tasks await them on the rest of 2017's to-do list.there's still the broader debate over how to restructure minnesota's fragile health insurance market, with gov. mark dayton and republicans starting from very different positions. another year of debate looms over how to fund billions of dollars in needed infrastructure repairs. and then there are fights over tax relief, dayton's push for more early education funding and the remainder of a $40 billion-plus dollar budget left to settle.on paper, the power structure at the capitol is a rep