Natural Disaster
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Glass Fire scorches California wine country

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/28/20, 05:01 pm

Residents of an assisted living home in Santa Rosa, Calif., boarded buses to escape a nearby wildfire that broke out Sunday. Evacuation warnings affected more than 50,000 people by Monday as the Glass Fire merged with two other blazes in Northern California, burning 17 square miles, according to Cal Fire.

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Photo by Bonnie Pritchett

When disaster relief workers need reinforcements

Disaster relief | The coronavirus pandemic has slashed the number of volunteers for relief groups juggling coast-to-coast disasters
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/21/20, 05:20 pm

Ed Greene has a healthy respect for nature and its fury. Two weeks after Hurricane Laura swept through Louisiana, the retired National Park Service ranger wore a yellow shirt typical of Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers and thumbed through a roster listing 100 homeowners who still needed help. Greene, the deputy state director of New Mexico Baptist Relief, had brought a crew of volunteers and chainsaws to clear downed trees from roads and houses in Vinton and Sulphur, La. 

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Wildfires stretch resources

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/16/20, 05:28 pm

Hundreds of requests for help along the West Coast have gone unfulfilled, Washington State Forester George Geissler said. Other countries, including Canada and Israel, as well as nine U.S. states have deployed supplemental fire crews to support local efforts to respond to the worst wildfire season on record. Smoke from the fires has drifted to the East Coast and reached as far as Western Europe.

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