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California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state

August 23, 2016 Don Thompson - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 per cent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than

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Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

August 20, 2016 Christopher Weber and Christine Armario - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Lisa Gregory has kept a close eye on the weather since fleeing her home in the woods as a wildfire advanced in Southern California. She doesn’t know when she can return or whether her house was

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead

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Wildfire roars into California town, driving out thousands

August 15, 2016 The Associated Press

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – A wildfire destroyed at least 10 homes and forced some 4,000 people to flee as flames jumped a road and moved into a Northern California town still recovering from a devastating wildfire nearly a year ago.

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California officials: Faulty hot tub caused deadly 2015 fire

August 12, 2016 Paul Elias - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – A hot tub’s faulty wiring ignited one of California’s most destructive wildfires, a blaze that killed four people, sent four firefighters to the hospital and destroyed more than 1,300 homes last year, officials said Wednesday. In addition,

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Southern California forest fire triples in size

August 8, 2016 The Associated Press

CRESTLINE, Calif. – A wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles has tripled in size to 7 square miles. The blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Silverwood Lake and south of the high desert

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Induced earthquakes raise chances of damaging shaking in 2016: USGS

March 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

New maps identifying potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes show there is potential for damaging shaking from induced seismicity for about 7 million who people live and work in areas of central and eastern United States (CEUS),