Wildfire

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 18 hours 10 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

PETALUMA, Calif. – Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions. A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Better weather gives leg up to crews on California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The winds eased, some of the smoke began to clear and the forecast Monday offered a tantalizing chance of rain to firefighters trying to corral the blazes that have laid waste...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

LISBON, Portugal – Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said Monday, making 2017 by far the...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

U.S., states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

California firefighters say their ‘gaining upper hand’

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Hopes and plans destroyed overnight by deadly wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. – It was just another Sunday night. Sure, the wind was kicking up, but for hundreds of thousands of people in California’s wine country, their minds were on the week ahead: school...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Emergency alerts draw complaints in fast-moving wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The story is repeated again and again: The dead of night, no warning, then panic after realizing the smoke and flames were approaching. Fleeing residents from across Northern...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Killer wildfires continue to menace California’s wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The winds that have fanned northern California’s wine-country wildfires were calmer Thursday, giving firefighters a badly needed break from the “red flag” conditions that have...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. – Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Smoke, ash from wildfires blanket California cities

SAN FRANCISCO – Millions of Californians on Tuesday saw their lawns covered in ash and air filled with smoke as firefighters battled ferocious wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

California wine country fire death toll hits 10

SONOMA, Calif. – Officials say at least seven more people have died in fast-moving wildfires in California wine country, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World