SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lights went out across large portions of Northern California on Wednesday as the state's largest utility began its second massive blackout in two weeks and hinted that more...
Authorities say power outages have started in Northern California after utility cites wildfire danger
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say power outages have started in Northern California after utility cites wildfire danger.
Less than two weeks after blacking out much of Northern California, the state's largest utility is warning that dangerous fire weather could prompt it to shut off power to about a half-million...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remains high as dry, warm winds blow through Southern California.
The National Weather Service says gusts on Sunday could top 60 mph (97 kph) in some parts of...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Windy conditions that pose an elevated risk of wildfires are forecast for mountainous areas around Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports Saturday that the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forecasters say Southern California will have several days of Santa Ana winds this week and that could create critical fire weather conditions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on expected power shut-offs in Northern California (all times local):
Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power to 24,000 customers in the...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a storm blowing into the Sierra Nevada (all times local, PDT):
It's still technically summer but snow is falling in the Sierra along the...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government forecasters have issued warnings for dangerous fire weather across much of Montana and portions of Wyoming and Idaho, with gusting winds and temperatures...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Weather forecasters in Alaska issued a red flag warning Wednesday for a large portion of the parched state ahead of expected lightning storms that could spark...
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The sky was black and flames on the next ridge were fast approaching when Paul Rasmussen, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter fled their mountainside Malibu home Friday for what they thought might be the last time.
His only hope that the large home, once billed in real estate listings as "Shangri-La," would survive was that his next-door neighbor, Randy Berkeley, would not only protect his own house, but also Rasmussen's.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gusty Santa Ana winds have returned to parts of Southern California, bringing elevated fire danger.
Red flag warnings are in effect through Wednesday over the mountains and most valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The National Weather Service says the northeast gusts will combine with warm and dry air to bring critical fire weather conditions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a new round of Santa Ana winds forecast for Southern California (all times local):
The National Weather Service has upgraded planned fire weather watches to red flag warnings for a swath of Southern California ahead of a new round of Santa Ana winds.
The service says the warnings will go into effect before dawn Friday and last into the night due to gusty offshore winds, low relative humidity levels and warm temperatures.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gusty, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to return to Southern California, but forecasters say they won't be as strong as the damaging blasts that hit early this week.
The National Weather Service says fire weather watches will go into effect late Thursday night in some areas and more widely on Friday, remaining in effect through Saturday afternoon.
The service says it's possible the watches could be elevated to red flag warnings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California remained on guard Tuesday, but gusty winds that raised the threat of wildfires were decreasing in strength and becoming less widespread a day after knocking out power to thousands and forcing utilities to proactively cut electricity to prevent sparks.
Warnings for critical fire weather conditions were canceled for all but a stretch of the state's southwest corner and part of the California-Oregon border, the National Weather Service said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Pacific Gas and Electric shutting off power to about 87,000 customers in parts of more than a dozen Northern California counties (all times local):
Pacific Gas and Electric says it will shut off power to about 87,000 customers in parts of more than a dozen Northern California counties.
The utility issued a statement Sunday evening saying the move was prompted by extreme fire weather conditions and strong winds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric says it may shut off power in parts of more than a dozen Northern California counties.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the utility says the warning issued Saturday night was prompted by extreme fire weather conditions and strong winds expected Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potentially powerful winds combined with dry weather are raising the threat of wildfires in California.
State firefighters say they are preparing for "potential extreme fire weather" this weekend and into early next week.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings for increased fire risk across a swath of northern California on Sunday and Monday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The increased threat of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada has triggered a temporary ban on recreational target shooting in a national forest west of Lake Tahoe.
Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced Friday the ban goes into effect forest-wide on Sunday for an area covering more than 900 square miles (2,300 sq. kilometers). It will continue through Oct. 9, but could be extended if necessary.
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — First fire dangers, then snow and cold.
Forecasters are warning that strong winds and low humidity levels across much of Wyoming have created the potential for wildfires to start or become more erratic.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag wildfire warning that was to stay in effect until at least 9 p.m. Sunday. The warning covers much of southwest, central and eastern Wyoming.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.
Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did last year when California's wine country was hit hard.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday.
They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The slow start to Montana's fire season this summer has been a relief with the state still recovering from the record amount spent fighting fires last year. But that may soon change with new warnings popping up after a dry July.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):
The National Weather Service has upgraded a fire weather watch issued for much of northern Arizona on Sunday to a red flag warning of critical wildfire conditions.
The upgrade means most of northern Arizona is covered by red flag warnings both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are warning that much of northern Arizona will have dangerous wildfire conditions this weekend.
The National Weather Service issued a fled flag warning for the region from late morning to early evening Saturday and a fire weather watch for the equivalent period on Sunday.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Weather Service says much of northern Arizona will have "critical fire weather conditions" Thursday through Saturday due to a storm system approaching the state from the northwest.
A fire weather watch has been issued for an area extending from the mountains in Yavapai County and the Mogollon Rim on the south to the Utah line on the north, with winds gusting up to 40 mph (64 kph) on Thursday and 50 mph (80 kph) on Friday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several North Dakota counties have implemented burn bans because of abnormally dry conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch Saturday for southwestern North Dakota. It includes the counties of Adams, Billings, Bowman, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark.
A temporary burn ban is also in effect in Grand Forks County, in northeastern North Dakota.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters warned of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a "historically critical day."
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State officials are reminding Kansans that recent rain and snow did not significantly reduce fire danger in the state.
The National Weather Service issued red flag fire warnings through 9 p.m. Tuesday and said the fire danger will be only slightly reduced Wednesday.
Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are forecast, with humidity as low as 5 percent.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A warning of dangerous fire conditions covers much of eastern and southeastern Arizona as a storm system moves across the region Tuesday.
A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from parts of Coconino, Apache and Navajo counties in northeastern Arizona southward to Cochise, Santa Cruz and parts of Pima and Pinal counties in southeastern Arizona.
And large swaths of the rest of the state under a wind advisory or a high wind warning.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong winds are fueling more than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas.
Authorities say one blaze in western Oklahoma is estimated to be nearly 40 miles (64 kilometers) across at its widest point.
Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says 14 wildfires in the state have charred more than 572 square miles (1,500 square kilometers).
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Weather Service warns that northern Arizona faces "critical fire weather" this week due to low humidity and strong winds.
Red flag warnings issued by the weather service's Flagstaff office cover areas along and north of the Mogollon Rim Wednesday afternoon and evening and a broader array of areas in the region Thursday afternoon and evening.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of critical fire weather conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains.
The National Weather Service says the region will have very strong to severe winds with gusts up to 65 mph (105 kph), very low humidity and above-average temperatures on Sunday and into Sunday night.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters are warning that strong winds, low humidity and above normal temperatures are expected to combine for an unstable scenario in New Mexico.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says critical fire weather conditions are possible across central and eastern New Mexico on Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunderstorms developed in central and eastern Oklahoma while western areas of the state face a critical fire danger.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with heavy rain began early Tuesday afternoon in southern and eastern Oklahoma and could produce heavy rain and hail in the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's warm, dry winter is expected to whipsaw from another round of fire weather to potentially showery and unsettled conditions.
The National Weather Service says a moderate to strong Santa Ana wind condition is expected to rapidly develop Saturday night and continue through Sunday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger is increasing again as gusty Santa Ana winds blow through Southern California.
The National Weather Service says the warm, dry air could drop humidity levels into the single digits Wednesday.
Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are in place in mountain, forest and valley areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Gusts could top 30 mph (48 kph).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's midwinter heat wave broke or tied more temperature records Monday as gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels elevated fire danger while bringing summerlike conditions to beaches.
The National Weather Service said Long Beach Airport reached 91 degrees, toppling the 1992 record of 83 for the date.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds are whipping through Southern California amid a winter heat wave that's bringing increased fire danger.
Forecasters said Sunday that the hot, dry air will drop humidity levels into the single digits in much of greater Los Angeles. Temperatures are expected in the 80s.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of California's mountains are sporting a fresh coat of snow but winter is about to take a hiatus in the southern half of the state as building high pressure spawns dry, gusty Santa Ana winds and sends temperatures into the 80s.
The National Weather Service says fire weather watches will be in effect Saturday evening into Monday in mountains and foothills from Los Angeles to San Diego and across the inland counties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dry and gusty Santa Ana winds sweeping through Southern California are predicted to bring days of critical fire weather conditions.
Red Flag warnings by the National Weather Service began late Sunday and will last through Thursday.
Meteorologists say relative humidity levels will plunge into the single digits and teens. Officials have dedicated extra resources to fire-prone areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is in for days of critical fire weather conditions due to predicted dry and gusty Santa Ana winds.
The National Weather Service says Red Flag warnings will begin going into effect Sunday and last through Thursday.
Forecasters say it could be the strongest and longest Santa Ana wind event so far this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's fall heat wave broke more records Wednesday but with less intensity despite the persistence of high pressure over the West.
Downtown Los Angeles reached 100 degrees in the early afternoon, surpassing the date's old record of 96 set in 1983 but behind the pace of heating that sent the mercury soaring to a record 104 a day earlier.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Southern California firefighters continue to build containment lines around the remnants of a destructive wildfire that erupted amid gusty Santa Ana winds earlier this week.
Authorities say there's 65 percent containment Friday morning and there was minimal fire behavior overnight.
The fire broke out Monday in the Anaheim Hills and spread over more than 14 square miles.