California wildfires

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Finnish Leader: No Idea Where Trump Got His 'Raking' Idea

Finland's president says he didn't mention it during chat on forest management

(Newser) - Finland's president isn't sure where President Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests. Trump told reporters Saturday while visiting the ruins of the northern California town where a fire killed at least 76 people that wildfires weren'... More »

Trump in Cali: 'I Think ... Everybody's Seen the Light'

The president still sees no effect of climate change

(Newser) - From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California's killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape, the AP reports. "We're going to have to work quickly. ... Hopefully... More »

Was Trump Right About Cali Wildfires?

Scientists weigh in

(Newser) - With President Trump blaming forest management for California wildfires, many wonder about the role of climate change—and scientists say it is a factor, National Geographic reports. While wildfires are normal in California, the state's fires have generally gotten larger since 2000 as hotter and drier years go on... More »

Trump Slams California Right Before Visiting

State officials say 1K are still missing

(Newser) - President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest US wildfire in a century amid confusion over how many people remain unaccounted for, the AP reports. Authorities confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are trying to... More »

Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

Wanted Man Dies After Chase Through Fire Zone

Parolee reportedly brandished metallic object

(Newser) - A man who lost his life in the area of the Camp Fire succumbed not to flames but to bullet wounds. An "armed and dangerous wanted parolee" led police on a high-speed chase Thursday and was ultimately shot and killed, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, per the... More »

'I Just Want to Go Back to My Dirt'

Number missing in California's Camp Fire jumps dramatically

(Newser) - The list of people unaccounted for in the Camp Fire rose dramatically from 297 to 631 Thursday—and while many of them may be people who failed to contact loved ones after evacuating, authorities fear the death toll is also going to jump. "The level of chaos we were... More »

Paradise Cop: 'There's No One to Watch Over and Protect'

Camp Fire death toll hits 56

(Newser) - The death toll from the Camp Fire now stands at 56—almost double that of the state's previous deadliest single wildfire—and close to 300 others are unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office released a list of 297 names Wednesday night,... More »

As Calif. Fires Rage, Pink's Husband Threatens Looters

Carey Hart's Instagram photo is raising eyebrows

(Newser) - It's usually Pink who's making headlines , but the pop singer's husband has found his way to more than a few over to his response to the California wildfires . Per ET.com , Carey Hart is the center of new controversy over a photo he posted on Instagram Tuesday... More »

Famous S. Calif. Landscape 83% Burned by Wildfire

Movies, TV made Santa Monica mountains famous

(Newser) - The Woolsey Fire burning in southern California has devastated a landscape millions of Americans know from movies and TV. Authorities say a shocking 83% of federal parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains was burned in the fire, including the set of M*A*S*H and the Reagan Ranch, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Death Toll Climbing, California Keeps Burning

Hundreds are still unaccounted for in Camp Fire, now state's deadliest wildfire by far

(Newser) - The Camp Fire raging in northern California is now the deadliest single wildfire in state history—and authorities expect the death toll to rise significantly. Another 13 victims were found Monday, 10 of them in the devastated Butte County town of Paradise, bringing the death toll to 42, the Sacramento ... More »

Neil Young Loses His Home, Pens Retort to Trump

A fire scientist weighs in, too

(Newser) - President Trump on Saturday expressed his belief that the wildfires ravaging California can be blamed on "gross mismanagement of the forests." Neil Young, for one, isn't having it. Variety reports the musician lost his Malibu home in the fires, and on Sunday he offered a retort to... More »

Garbage Collector Gets 93-Year-Old to Safety

Woman on his route was alone in Paradise, Calif., as wildfire approached

(Newser) - Amid the awful stories out of the California wildfires come others like this: A garbage collector in the city of Paradise went out of his way to make sure a 93-old woman on his route got out safely. KCRA reports that the unusual rescue took place on Thursday morning, as... More »

Fire Now Tied for Deadliest in California History

Butte County's Camp Fire has killed at least 29

(Newser) - A somber update to one of the wildfires raging through California: Twenty-nine people have died and 228 are missing in the wake of Butte County's Camp Fire, putting the blaze in a tie for the highest death toll since the state started keeping records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle ... More »

Celebs Lose Houses in Cali Wildfire

Gerard Butler came home to charred ruins

(Newser) - With fires ravaging California—and the death toll reaching 23 in the Camp Fire near Sacramento—even celebrities are seeing their homes threatened or burned to the ground, People reports. Among celebs who lost homes in the 70,000-acre Woolsey Fire in Malibu are Gerard Butler, who tweeted a photo... More »

Calif. Wildfire Has Claimed a Piece of Hollywood History

'Western Town,' where 'Westworld' and 'Gunsmoke' were filmed, has burned

(Newser) - California's monstrous Woolsey fire is continuing to rage, and the AP reports that officials have called in a mobile DNA lab to assist in the grim task of identifying the 23 people killed so far. The fire's toll is expected to increase, and has extended to something... More »

'You Did It!': Video of Dad, Daughter's Wildfire Escape

Meanwhile, statewide death toll rises to 25

(Newser) - A video that captures a family's escape from the California wildfires has gone viral, thanks mainly to the father's calm reassurance of his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat. Joe Allen sings to Olivia at one point, "Baby it'll be all right" as he drives through... More »

Cali Wildfire Doubles in Size

And two more are dead

(Newser) - A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in Southern California's hills and canyons has killed two people and had more than doubled in size by Saturday, the AP reports. Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned... More »

Trump's Answer to Calif. Fires: I May Yank Federal Funds

President blames state's 'gross mismanagement' of forests for wildfires

(Newser) - As the wildfires ravaging California continue to wreak havoc , President Trump has weighed in from across the world—and he's blaming California, per Reuters . In an early Saturday post from Paris, where he's attending events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I,... More »

5 Bodies Found in Vehicles Torched by Wildfires

Authorities have also gotten reports of more fatalities

(Newser) - The Camp Fire raging in Butte County in Northern California has claimed at least five lives. The bodies were found in cars that had been torched by the flames, KPIX reports. According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies were found Thursday. They could... More »

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