Wildfires

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, file photo shows Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. A decision was announced Friday, May 1, 2020, that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. will sweep out three quarters of its board of directors to start with a mostly clean slate when it emerges from a bankruptcy case triggered by deadly wildfires ignited in Northern California by the utility's neglected electrical grid. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 21, 2020 - 4:09 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators unexpectedly delayed a key vote Thursday on Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy after saying one of the utility's most outspoken critics sent an improper email attacking the company's proposal to pay wildfire victims...
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May 17, 2020 - 1:44 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Two aircraft dispatched by Cyprus' internationally recognized government for the first time helped to fight a wildfire in the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation, an official said Sunday. A fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter have been helping to battle...
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FILE - IN this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, exhaustion reads on the face of a firefighter from Noorvik, Alaska, while he and his team watch for spot fires that threaten to jump the line on the Lolo Peak fire, in Missoula, Mont. A federal risk assessment says wildland firefighters could see widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 at large U.S. fire camps this summer, and the problem is likely to compound the longer fire season lasts. The draft risk assessment created by the U.S. Forest Service predicts that even in a best-case scenario — with firefighters following social distancing protocols and plenty of tests and equipment available — that nearly two dozen people could be infected by the virus while working at a camp like the one used for the Lolo Peak fire. (Kurt Wilson/The Missoulian via AP, File)
May 13, 2020 - 7:47 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Outbreaks of the coronavirus could sweep through large camps where crews typically stay as they fight wildfires across the U.S., according to a federal document obtained by The Associated Press, and the problem is likely to get worse the longer the fire season lasts. The U.S...
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In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 photo, smoke wafts from the smoldering ruins of a home in the aftermath of the Five Mile Swamp Fire that is still burning near Milton, Fla. A 2,000 acre fire, now burning since Monday, destroyed 13 homes and prompted residents from 1,100 homes to evacuate earlier this week. Fire crews, some coming from across the state, are hoping that containment lines will keep the fire from threatening more homes. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)
May 08, 2020 - 11:28 am
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida firefighters were working to hold containment lines around a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) fire in the state's Panhandle, where winds were expected to shift Friday and push it toward homes. The firebreak was about a half-mile from a neighborhood, officials said. While no...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. California regulators will consider suspending a $200 million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric for neglecting electrical equipment that killed more than 100 people. If PG&E is granted the waiver to help it emerge from bankruptcy, it will deprive California of desperately needed money as a pandemic-driven recession depletes state revenue from sales and income taxes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 07, 2020 - 5:22 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday suspended a $200 million fine that Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to pay as punishment for the utility's neglect of electrical equipment that ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California. The waiver approved in a...
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In this Wednesday evening, May 6, 2020 photo, a Florida forestry tractor trailer is parked in Walton County, Fla., near a hot spot from a wildfire. Authorities say firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes. The more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:49 pm
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle continued battling an erratic fire Thursday that had scorched thousands of acres of woods, razed dozens of homes and forced some 1,600 people to evacuate from their neighborhoods. A stretch of Interstate 10, northern Florida's main...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson speaks during an oversight hearing of the Energy, Utilities and Communications committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Johnson will step down from the job just 14 months after the nation's largest utility hired him to rescue it from a crippling financial mess caused by a long history of negligence and chance a corporate culture that had emphasized profits over safety. The announcement Wednesday, April 22, 2020, that the 66-year-old Johnson will retire June 30 comes as PG&E tries to push through its plan to end a stint in bankruptcy that was triggered by a series of deadly wildfires ignited by its decaying electrical grid. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 22, 2020 - 4:23 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson will step down from his job just 14 months after the nation's largest utility hired him to rescue it from a financial mess caused by a history of negligence and to change a corporate culture that emphasized profits over safety. Johnson's June...
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A helicopter drops water in a wildfire at a national park at the Dutch-German border near Herkenbosch, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Due to the long dryness the danger of forest fires increases all over Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
April 22, 2020 - 10:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A village of 4,000 people in the southern Netherlands was evacuated Wednesday as smoke from a wildfire in a nearby national park drifted over homes, authorities said. Residents of Herkenbosch, a village close to the German border and 200 kilometers (124 miles)...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck is parked in San Francisco. California regulators are being advised to approve PG&E's plan for getting out of bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high electricity rates. If approved, a proposed decision issued Monday, April 20, 2020, by Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen will enable PG&E to clear another key hurdle in its frantic race to end one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history by June 30. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 20, 2020 - 8:33 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are being advised to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high...
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A forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka, in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday April 5, 2020. Ukrainian firefighters are laboring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)
April 17, 2020 - 7:44 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the contaminated evacuation zone around the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant has engulfed Kyiv, placing the Ukrainian capital near the top of the global air pollution index. The authorities said Friday that radiation levels in Kyiv have remained...
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