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  • Lull in winds could give firefighters the upper hand against Woolsey blaze

    Lull in winds could give firefighters the upper hand against Woolsey blaze

    As the battle against the Woolsey fire entered its seventh day, fire officials were optimistic Thursday that improved weather might help them get the upper hand against the devastating blaze. The Woolsey fire has charred 98,362 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties since last week. The remains...

  • As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

    As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

    This is a wet place by California standards. It averages about 55 inches of rain a year, thanks to its prime location in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which wrings rain out of Pacific storms. But when the Camp fire sparked last Thursday, Paradise was parched. The area usually gets...

  • Death toll from the Paradise fire jumps to 42, making it the worst in California history

    Death toll from the Paradise fire jumps to 42, making it the worst in California history

    The death toll from the Camp fire in Paradise jumped to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest fire in California history, as President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state. Officials said they recovered the remains of 13 additional victims Monday as teams continued to search...

  • Santa Ana winds gusting to more than 40 mph in San Diego County

    Santa Ana winds gusting to more than 40 mph in San Diego County

    Santa Ana winds of more than 40 mph whipped across inland San Diego County on Sunday, elevating the risk of wildfires in a region that’s steadily slipping into drought. A red-flag fire weather warning is in effect for the coastal regions of the county, and a high wind warning is in effect for the...

  • From Malibu to Oak Park, wildfire devastation comes into focus

    From Malibu to Oak Park, wildfire devastation comes into focus

    Perilous winds were poised to roar back early Sunday, threatening to fan wildfires that have claimed two lives, scorched 83,000 acres and forced a quarter-million people to evacuate their homes across Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A lull in the winds Saturday gave firefighters a chance to stamp...

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