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As Forests Burn, Drinking Water is at Risk

Post-fire runoff can introduce pollutants   Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Thousands of tourists fled Australia’s wildfire-ravaged ea

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Oregon Legislature Considers Sweeping Wildfire Plan

Expanding resources and thinning forests     Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

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Wildfire Creates State of Emergency in Australian Capital

Fire on Canberra’s southern fringe has burned over 53,000 acres     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian capital region declared a state of emergency on Friday because of an out-of-control forest fire burning erratically ...

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Video: Wind Causes Sudden Change in Australia Brush Fire

When the wind changes     Guardian News – Dashcam footage captured by the Dunmore Rural Fire Brigade on 4 January 2020. The footage shows just how quickly a bushfire can move when the wind changes direction.

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PG&E and California Governor at Odds Over Bankruptcy Plan

Newsom vows to take over utility   FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, a sign to a Pacific Gas & Electric building is shown in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric is a

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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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