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Camp Fire survivor who lost home in deadly blaze bilked of thousands of dollars, police say

Camp Fire survivor who lost home in deadly blaze bilked of thousands of dollars, police sayBrenda Rose Asbury is accused of embezzling more than $ 60,000 from an elderly woman who survived the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California



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Despite break in winds, Maria Fire north of Los Angeles becomes fast-moving blaze, prompting evacuations

Despite break in winds, Maria Fire north of Los Angeles becomes fast-moving blaze, prompting evacuationsDespite a break in the Santa Ana winds, the Maria Fire exploded overnight north of Los Angeles, prompting evacuations.



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'Need to be vigilant': New blaze by LA drives more wildfire evacuations throughout California

'Need to be vigilant': New blaze by LA drives more wildfire evacuations throughout CaliforniaResidents who evacuated a sprawling Northern California wildfire were rocked by another slap from Mother Nature – a 3.3 magnitude earthquake.



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California blaze forces evacuations as wind spurs blackouts

California blaze forces evacuations as wind spurs blackoutsA Northern California blaze forced evacuation orders and warnings for nearly all of Sonoma County stretching to the coast, with forecasts of strong winds prompting blackouts to prevent fire-causing power line damage. Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power Saturday around 5 p.m. for an estimated 2.35 million people across 38 counties. About 90,000 residents were ordered to evacuate towns near the 40-square-mile (104-square-kilometer) fire.



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California blaze forces evacuations as wind spurs blackouts

California blaze forces evacuations as wind spurs blackoutsA Northern California blaze forced evacuation orders and warnings for nearly all of Sonoma County stretching to the coast, with forecasts of strong winds prompting officials to begin cutting electricity for millions of people in an effort to prevent more fires. Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power Saturday around 5 p.m. for an estimated 2.35 million people across 38 counties. About 90,000 residents were ordered to evacuate towns near the 40-square-mile (104-square-kilometer) fire.



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Thousands ordered to flee California wine country blaze

Thousands ordered to flee California wine country blazeCalifornia firefighters raced against time on Saturday as they cut defensive lines against a wildfire in Sonoma County’s famed wine country and authorities ordered 50,000 people to evacuate, ahead of winds that are forecast to pick up at night and spread the flames. The expanded evacuation orders came as the utility Pacific Gas and Electric Corp prepared to shut off power to about 940,000 customers in 36 of the state’s counties to guard against the risk that an electric mishap could spark a blaze. The move to cut power to so many people quickly drew a rebuke from California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called it “unacceptable” in a video message on Twitter.



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The Latest: Fire department: LA blaze began under power line

The Latest: Fire department: LA blaze began under power lineFire officials say a destructive fire that broke out on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower. Capt. Erik Scott told The Associated Press on Monday that Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators have only determined the origin of the fire, not its cause. The location was at the base of power lines owned by Southern California Edison.



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Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground fires

Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground firesThousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy — underground fires that aggravate global warming. Vast blazes are ripping across the archipelago’s rainforests, unleashing a toxic haze over Southeast Asia that has triggered health fears and sent diplomatic tensions with Indonesia’s neighbours soaring. “It’s so much harder to fight fires on peatlands,” a dirty and exhausted Hendri Kusnardi told AFP outside smog-hit Pekanbaru city in Sumatra.



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California boat fire: six crew members were asleep when fatal blaze erupted, report finds

California boat fire: six crew members were asleep when fatal blaze erupted, report findsAll six crew members were asleep when the fatal boat fire in California erupted, according to preliminary findings released on Thursday.There were 39 people aboard the 75-foot Conception when it set off for a weekend dive trip to the Channel Islands in Southern California.



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Santa Cruz boat fire: 25 confirmed dead and nine unaccounted for after blaze broke out

Santa Cruz boat fire: 25 confirmed dead and nine unaccounted for after blaze broke outTwenty-five people have been confirmed dead and nine are unaccounted for after a scuba diving boat caught fire in the middle of the night and sunk off the coast of California. Five crew members who were already awake when the blaze begun around 3am were able to escape but the other passengers were trapped in the sleeping quarters below deck.  Firemen in helicopters, small boats and a US Coast Guard cutter spent hours tackling the blaze and searching for survivors after being alerted in a mayday call. However the blaze was so intense that it kept relighting after appearing to have been extinguished, perhaps due to the fuel on board.  Search and rescue teams were scouring the surrounding waters yesterday but hope was fading of finding survivors. A spokesman for the county said there had been "numerous fatalities". Images of the dive boat "Conception" – Five people were rescued and 34 more are missing after a fire broke out on a boat early Monday morning near Santa Cruz Island Credit: Universal News And Sport (Europe)  The commercial diving vessel, called the Conception, was 75-foot (23-meters) long. It had been anchored in Platt's Harbor, about 20 yards (18 meters) off the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. It had been on a three-day cruise to the Channel Islands during Labor Day weekend. Monday was a bank holiday in America.  Details about the fire are still emerging and the cause is unknown. A mayday call was only made once the blaze was out of control.  Surviving crew members sought refuge on a fishing boat moored nearby, banging on the side to wake up Bob Hansen and his wife, who were sleeping onboard. "When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern," Mr Hansen told the New York Times. "There were these explosions every few beats. You can't prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous." Aaron Bemis, a US Coast Guard chief, told CNN that rescuers had been told there were 34 passengers in the sleeping quarters below who were trapped by the fire.  "The fire was so intense that even after it was put out, we're not able to actually embark the vessel and look for survivors at this point," he said on Monday morning.  Fire fighters tackle the blaze on the ship near Santa Cruz Island Credit: VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX Monica Rochester, a US Coast Guard captain, said in a brief news conference that the vessel eventually sank in 64 feet of water, but its bow was still visible above the waterline. Asked if the crew tried to help others aboard, Ms Rochester said: "I don't have any additional information." The Conception was operated by Worldwide Diving Adventures, a respected Santa Barbara-based company that says on its website it has been taking divers on expeditions since 1972. Asked if the boat operator has a history of any violations, Ms Rochester said: "The vessel has been in full compliance." The Conception had departed at 4am on Saturday with plans to return at 5pm on Monday. It was outfitted with dozens of small berths for people to sleep in overnight. US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who represents California, called for an investigation. "It's inconceivable that with all the safety regulations we have in place today, a fire on a boat can lead to the loss of life we saw this morning," she said in a statement. "And we need to understand exactly how the crew was trained and, if they were awake and above-deck, why they were unable to alert or help rescue passengers."



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