Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Josh Edelson

Every spark a potential disaster in California

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/06/18, 10:52 am

President Donald Trump declared a major emergency in California as crews continued to battle devastating wildfires. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which flanks Clear Lake in Northern California, expanded at breakneck speed Sunday and was setting records as one of the state’s largest fires ever. Burning in mostly rural areas, the fire has threatened 9,300 structures, destroyed 68 homes, and damaged 12 other homes. A seventh person died in the Carr Fire in nearby Shasta County on Saturday.

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Associated Press/Photo by Noah Berger

Wildfire kills three family members, thousands flee

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/28/18, 04:55 pm

Two young children and their great-grandmother are among the five people who have died in a raging wildfire in Northern California that doubled in size overnight. Relatives on Saturday identified them as 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe, 5-year-old James Roberts, and 4-year-old Emily Roberts. The blaze claimed the lives of two firefighters earlier in the week, and tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes and sought refuge in shelters. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for the state Saturday, allowing affected counties to access federal aid.

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Associated Press/Photo by Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee

Wildfire devastates California towns

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/27/18, 11:49 am

An explosive wildfire is wreaking death and destruction on Northern California communities. The so-called Carr Fire has killed a bulldozer operator and a firefighter, burned three more firefighters, destroyed dozens of homes, and forced thousands of terrified residents to flee the towns of Shasta and Keswick, and the more populated city of Redding. The fire is “taking down everything in its path,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean said.

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