Los Angeles Threatened as Wildfires Spread, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands in Southern California went to bed uneasy or not at all late Wednesday as fire officials warned of powerful winds overnight that could whip up a series of wildfires that have already devoured a large swath of the region. The national weather service was predicting near hurricane-force winds for Thursday morning in the mountains... Read More

Climate Talks Close with Trump Standing Alone

Climate Talks Close with Trump Administration on One Track, World on Another The world climate conference ended Friday much the way it began two weeks ago — with the Trump administration bolstering legacy fuels like coal and gas, separating itself from much of the world. The lone panel sponsored by the U.S. government was interrupted by singing and chanting protesters,... Read More

Gunman Kills Four, Wounds Child at School in California Shootings

A gunman in a rural part of Northern California killed four people and targeted an elementary school but was thwarted by a lockdown procedure, before continuing the rampage and later being killed by police, authorities said. No children were killed in the shooting spree that began at shortly before 8 a.m. PT in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about... Read More

Astros Pitcher’s Foundation Helping Send Homeless Pets to New Homes in CA

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Dozens of pets that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey are heading to new homes in California, thanks to a sizable donation by Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Animal handlers began flying the homeless pets from the temporary shelter of Houston Pets Alive to towns in central and southern California on Monday morning. Houston PetSet teamed up... Read More

California Wildfires Emitted a Year’s Worth of Car Pollution in Less Than a Week

The wildfires in California released as much air pollution in the Bay Area in a matter of days as motorists in the state normally emit in a year, drastically reducing air quality and creating an immediate health threat. People most vulnerable to breathing problems, such as the elderly or those with asthma or pulmonary disease, are most likely to be... Read More

Fire Weather to Persist as Crews Battle Deadly California Blazes

SONOMA, Calif. — Weather conditions fueling mammoth wildfires in Northern California that have killed at least 23 people will not let up for days, and fire officials warned Wednesday that the emergency will get worse before it gets better. The coroner's office in Sonoma County reported two more deaths Wednesday night, raising the numbers of people killed there to 13... Read More

Drought and Heat, Worsened by Humans, Help Fuel California Fires

LOS ANGELES — It may take weeks to determine the spark that touched off each of the firestorms that consumed hunks of more than a dozen California communities this week. But the consensus in the scientific community is that the conditions that cleared a path for the tsunami of flame were made by humans. Decades of aggressive firefighting left too... Read More

More Than 100 Missing Persons Reports Made in California Wildfires

LOS ANGELES — Powerful wildfires fanned by strong winds ravaged parts of Northern California's wine country on Monday, killing at least 11 people and destroying some 1,500 structures. More than a dozen blazes continued to burn across eight counties since the weekend, while over 20,000 people in the paths of the fast-moving infernos fled their homes, fire officials said. With... Read More