Fires

A firefighter takes a cell phone picture during a wildfire Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Montecito, Calif. The so-called Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 16, 2017 - 10:59 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito...
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In this image taken from video provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a wind driven spot fire burns on the west side below Gibraltar Road as smoke from a wildfire fills the air in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 10:14 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say the massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned another 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of vegetation and has burned 418 square miles (1,083 square kilometers) since it...
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This undated photo provided by Custer State Park shows burros walking in the park prior to a late season wildfire there. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned by the wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The park reported that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported missing and feared dead in the wildfire. (Kobee Stalder/Custer State Park via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm
Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were...
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Demonstrators protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Police in riot gear shot tear gas and rubber bullets at stick-wielding protesters who hauled rocks and torched several garbage bins outside the Congress building and in nearby streets. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 16, 2017 - 2:30 am
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's images include a protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system in...
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Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 15, 2017 - 10:52 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds. The so-called...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, spectators watch as riders and drivers herd about 1,200 bison toward the corrals at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. Custer State Park, known for drawing thousands of spectators to its fall buffalo roundup each year, is set to perform another, unexpected roundup in the coming days to inspect its bison after a historic wildfire burned through the South Dakota park this week. (AP Photo/Kristina Barker, File)
December 14, 2017 - 8:05 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota state park known for annual buffalo roundups drawing thousands of spectators will perform an unscheduled one in the coming days to determine how a historic wildfire affected the animals. Officials at Custer State Park located its bison herd by Thursday...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, emergency crews stand in front of the site of a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. A fire department captain said during a court hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, that one of the men charged in a warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people told him no one lived in the building during a September 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
December 14, 2017 - 7:23 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner said prosecutors presented enough...
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December 14, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Good afternoon! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Skip Foreman. A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:01 pm
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a faulty extension cord is to blame for a house fire outside Philadelphia that killed a deputy sheriff's two sons. A state fire marshal on Thursday ruled the fire accidental, attributing it to an electrical failure of the cord, which was plugged into a...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, a controlled burn clears about 30 acres along the eastern edge of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Shasta County, Calif. California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is helping drive plans to do more “controlled burns” that thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that if left unchecked can feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives. The goal for 2018 is to burn at least 20,000 acres and to clear another 20,000 by crews using chain saws, bulldozers and other machinery. (Andreas Fuhrmann/The Record Searchlight via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 3:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy...
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