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Firefighters Challenged by Biggest Blaze in California’s History

Wildfire is nearly the size of Los Angeles     By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, ...

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Wildfires Torment Portugal and Spain

Over 1,000 firefighters battle blaze south of Lisbon     By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters and anxious residents braced Tuesday for a fifth straight night of battling a major wildfire that is racing across tinder-dry ...

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Largest Wildfire in California History Grows

Mendocino Complex fire broke Thomas Fire record of 440 square miles     LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The places and names change, but the devastation is showing signs ...

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Wildfire, Water Experts Rebut President’s Claims

AP Fact Check looks at President’s tweets about wildfires     By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California’s water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state’s raging wildfires. That’s ...

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Northern California Blazes Largest in State History

Mendocino Complex Fire has burned over 400 square miles     LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm ...

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California Residents Return to Scorched Neighborhoods

Officials allow some to return to homes in certain areas     By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home ...

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New Oregon Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

Fire near Dufur threatens about 100 homes     DUFUR, Ore. (AP) — A new fast-moving fire south of The Dalles forced mandatory evacuations and prompted Gov. Kate Brown to invoke the Emergency Conflagration Act. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office ...

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Over 1,000 Homes Lost in California Wildfires

At least $125M spent on fighting wildfires     By JANIE HAR and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of ...

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Dozer Operators Face Rush and Risk Fighting Wildfires

Line of duty deaths highlight dangers faced when fighting wildfires   By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Not all firefighters carry a hose or shovel. The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges face ...

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USFA: California On-Duty Death

Dozer operator dies while battling Carr Fire     The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don R. Smith, 81, of CAL FIRE on July 27, 2018. Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don Smith was operating his ...

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