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California Scrambles for More Firefighters Amid Pandemic

SACRAMENTO — As California enters wildfire season, the state is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid the coronavirus outbreak that has depleted the ranks of inmates who usually handle some of the toughest duties and caused a budget deficit that dera...
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California Firefighters Return From Battling Australia Fires

LOS ANGELES — Twenty firefighters from California returned to the United States on Wednesday after spending nearly a month battling wildfires in Australia. The firefighters based at Angeles National Forest arrived at Los Angeles International Airport and we...
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Australians Leave Homes as Heat, Winds Escalate Fire Danger

EDEN, Australia — Thousands of people fled their homes and helicopters dropped supplies to towns at risk of nearby wildfires as hot, windy conditions Friday threatened already fire-ravaged southeastern Australian communities. Lake Tahoe Basin Managemen...
Photo of a helicopter and wildfires burning in Australia

Australia Sending Aid to Wildfire Towns as Death Toll Rises

PERTH, Australia — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. “I...