wildfires

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As climate warms, fire-ravaged Sweden gets a taste of California

Published: 
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:42pm

A wildfire sparked, and then another, until more than 50 blazes were burning across the landscape.

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A forecast of record-breaking heat and dry wind sparks brush fire worries across the state

Published: 
Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:17pm

Record-breaking heat and gusty winds expected by the weekend will prime California’s brush-covered hills and valleys for fast-moving wildfires even as crews currently battle two large blazes in the northern half of the state.

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For PG&E, cutting power could prevent fires and save lives — and costs

Published: 
Mon, 06/25/2018 - 6:10pm

Maggie Leavitt loves living in the mountainous backcountry of San Diego County. She could do, however, without the blackouts.

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PG&E wants ratepayers to pay California wildfire costs

Published: 
Thu, 10/26/2017 (All day)

Fearing billions of dollars in future liability, PG&E has been aggressively urging state regulators to make it easier for the company to charge ratepayers — rather than its shareholders — when its power lines and other electrical equipment cause wildfires.

Top PG&E executives met as recently as last week to lobby officials at the state Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco over the issue, which could arise powerfully in coming months if the utility is found to be responsible for the Wine Country fires, a serious possibility that state regulators are now investigating.

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2014 off to hottest start on record for California

Published: 
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:39pm

The sun was so strong this year in Joe Del Bosque's cantaloupe fields that some of the melons could have used sunscreen.