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California Completes 34 Land Project to Slow Wildfires

Critics say the projects won’t slow wind-driven infernos     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has completed 34 of the forest-thinning projects it rushed to finish in the past year as a way to buffer ...

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Wildfire Threatens Homes on Australian Capital’s Outskirts

Monday’s fire has burned over 19,000 acres     CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia’s capital on Tuesday as ...

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Ron Howard Wildfire Documentary Looks at Camp Fire Aftermath

“Rebuilding Paradise” largely evades a discussion of climate change   By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Ron Howard knew Paradise, the northern California town devastated by the most destructive wildfire in California history. His mother-in-law ...

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California Bill Would Make Utilities Pay Some Blackout Costs

Bill would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get ...

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California Governor Aims to Block PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

Newsom claims plan doesn’t meet wildfire fund requirements     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric’s blueprint for getting out of ...

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California Man Charged with Insurance Fraud after 2018 Wildfire

Payout scheme after Carr Fire     SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man allegedly schemed to get an unearned $43,000 insurance payout after a wildfire destroyed his home and vehicles, even though he was going to receive more ...

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Bodies of American Tanker Crew Recovered from Australia Wildfire Crash

Bodies and voice recorder retrieved     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The bodies of three U.S. flying firefighters and the cockpit voice recorder from the water bomber in which they died battling Australia’s unprecedented wildfire ...

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Australia Works to Recover Bodies of American Tanker Crew

Canadian-based company identifies C-130 crew     SYDNEY (AP) — The American tanker plane that crashed while fighting Australian wildfires had just dropped a load of retardant on a fire before it went down in New South Wales state, investigators ...

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Americans Killed in Aerial Tanker Crash in Australia

Crew of three dead while battling wildfire     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Three American crew members died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New ...

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Fires Set Stage for Irreversible Forest Losses in Australia

Government officials are drawing up plans to reseed burned areas     By MATTHEW BROWN and CHRISTINA LARSON Associated Press Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered ...

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