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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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Court blocks initiative to split California three ways

by Leigh Jones & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/19/18, 11:24 am

The California Supreme Court shot down a ballot initiative asking voters if the state should be divided into three parts. The justices on Wednesday ordered the secretary of state to leave the three-state plan off the ballot, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. “We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election,” the justices wrote in a unanimous ruling.

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Western wildfires drive residents from homes

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/06/18, 10:31 am

Officials in southern Colorado have described a spreading blaze as a “tsunami of fire.” The Spring Creek wildfire has engulfed more than 100,000 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes so far. Another fire about three hours west of Denver took an unexpected turn Thursday, forcing sudden evacuations around the town of Basalt. Firefighters continue to battle more than 60 large blazes throughout the drought-stricken West, including blazes in New Mexico, Northern California, Oregon, and Utah.

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