Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez

Southern California blaze dying down

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/14/19, 12:01 pm

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping firefighters control the Saddleridge fire in Southern California. The blaze has burned more than 7,900 acres, destroyed or damaged 40 buildings, and was 42 percent contained as of Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted. Authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday night. So far, three people have died fire-related deaths.

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Associated Press/Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Wildfire breaks out near Los Angeles

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/11/19, 10:31 am

The Saddleridge fire just north of Los Angeles has destroyed dozens of homes and been linked to at least one death, authorities said Friday. The flames led to the mandatory evacuation of about 100,000 residents. Police said one man died of a heart attack amid the fire, KCBS-TV reported. The fire began Thursday night and had consumed more than 4,700 acres by daybreak.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dai Sugano/San Jose Mercury News

Power shut off to prevent fires in California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/09/19, 11:51 am

Residents stocked up on water, food, and gasoline ahead of the largest planned blackout in California history. To keep its equipment from starting wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power on Wednesday to nearly 800,000 customers in Northern California as hot, windy weather continued in the region. Schools closed, and residents expected delays on the road caused by nonfunctioning traffic lights. The utility could expand the blackout to Southern California.

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