California wildfires: what role has the climate crisis played? – video explainer

Thousands of firefighters have been battling wildfires across California, after warm temperatures, strong winds and low humidity turned the state into a ‘tinderbox’. So is this the new normal? Has the climate crisis made California too dangerous to live in? California’s fire season has been bad. But it could have been much worse Continue reading… […]

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California wildfire: evacuation orders lifted as Trump blasts Newsom | World news

As authorities lifted all evacuation orders imposed by a wildfire that caused thousands to flee their homes north-west of Los Angeles, Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funding for aid during the kind of blazes that have hit California hard this fall. Governor Gavin Newsom has done a “terrible job of forest management”, Trump tweeted. […]

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‘Not our mission’: private fire crews protect the insured, not the public | US news

The engines, big and small, came from all over the country to fight the Kincade fire in the Sonoma county wine region of California. There were trucks from Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado – and from the wildfire protection unit of home insurer AIG. As fires have increasingly encroached on development in California’s wildlands in recent […]

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California wildfires: new blaze erupts and spreads north of Los Angeles – video | US news

A new brush fire in Ventura county, north of Los Angeles, has rapidly grown to more than 11 square miles. The latest blaze, called the Maria fire, erupted on Thursday evening as crews in northern and southern California continued to try to put out multiple fires that have burned hundreds of acres and prompted thousands of residents […]

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California: Maria fire north of Los Angeles spreads rapidly overnight | US news

A new brush fire in Ventura county north of Los Angeles has rapidly grown to more than 11 square miles, even as calmer winds have allowed fire crews to increase containment of other wildfires plaguing California. The latest blaze, called the Maria fire, erupted on Thursday evening, quickly spreading from South Mountain, just south of […]

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California: San Bernardino fire adds to ring of blazes around Los Angeles | US news

New blazes in southern California on Thursday burned homes and forced residents to flee, as strong Santa Ana winds of up to 60mph fueled a ring of wildfires around the Los Angeles area. In San Bernardino, a city of just over 200,000 people, a new wildfire that broke out in the early hours of Thursday […]

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California: San Bernardino fire adds to ring of blazes around LA – live | US news

2.31pm GMT14:31 Hero horse This should melt the hardest heart. There appears to be some indecision on social media about whether this is a male or female horse galloping and neighing anxiously as it goes back towards danger to, apparently, guide its family to safety from the Easy fire near Simi Valley, California, yesterday. No […]

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Ordinary life has vanished in fire-ravaged California | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion

There were two categories of people most affected by the fires in California: those who evacuated because the fires threatened them directly and those who stayed home under blackout conditions. What a blackout means might not be clear to those who are not among the more than one million affected. It means, for the most […]

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PG&E: what’s next for the utility at the center of California’s wildfires | Business

It was like a scene out of a dystopian future film: a second world war air raid siren blasted over a blacked-out west Sonoma county in northern California to warn residents as winds picked up Saturday night and pushed the Kincade fire closer. Sonoma County Scanner Updates (@SonomaScanner) Listen as Graton Fire sounds an air […]

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California workers stay behind as thousands flee wildfires | US news

The rhythmic metallic clang of construction rang through what should have been a ghost town. Amid a heavy smell of smoke from the Kincade fire burning just miles away, work continued for many people in the mandatory evacuation zones of Santa Rosa on Tuesday. Contractors hammered. Landscapers dug holes. Crews removed port-a-loos. All amid an […]

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