Author Archives: Bill Carey

Conservationists Say Lake Tahoe Project Slows Wildfire Evacuation

11 hours on a single access road     By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is ...

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PG&E Restores Power to Thousands in California

PG&E began turning the lights back on Wednesday evening     By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric restored power Thursday to 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to ease the risk of catastrophic ...

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Park Service Starts Prescribed Burns at Manassas Battlefield

Fires planned for about 75 acres     MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service has launched a series of controlled fires at Manassas National Battlefield. The park service says the burns are designed to restore views at the ...

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Meet Cal Fire’s First Female Helicopter Pilot

Helitack Pilot Desiree Horton talks about fighting wildfires from above     ABC News/aviatrix99 – Smoke plumes and an orange glow render the typically picturesque tree-lined view above hazy mountains into a nightmarish, apocalyptic scene. Shouts declaring “brush fire!,” echo ...

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Latest Fire Prevention Power Outage Ending in California

Weather helped PG&E reduce blackout numbers     By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric expected to restore power Thursday to virtually all the 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to avoid the risk ...

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Debris Removal Completed for California’s Deadliest Wildfire

Camp Fire killed 85 people     PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Crews have finished removing millions of tons of debris left by a Northern California wildfire last year that killed 85 people and virtually annihilated a town, officials announced Tuesday. ...

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PG&E Begins Mass Power Shutoff Over Fire Danger

Fire danger forecast affects 18 counties     By JANIE HAR SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was set to begin shutting off power Wednesday to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as ...

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PG&E Boss Says Utility Wasn’t Fully Prepared for Outages

“I think you will see us undergrounding considerably more of our system,”   Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson speaks with reporters after meeting with California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, Calif., Tue

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Nebraska National Forest Fire Burns About 600 Acres

Fire appears to have been accidental     DUNNING, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have completely contained a fire that blackened just under 604 acres (244.4 hectares) in the Nebraska National Forest, west of Dunning. A National Forest Service ...

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CEO of Nation’s Largest Utility to Testify about Power Outages

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. CEO Bill Johnson to testify on Monday     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of the nation’s largest utility is expected to face angry California lawmakers on Monday over ...

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