Photo of firefighter Patrick Jones and Capt. Raymond Figueroa

Boys, 13, Charged With Murder in Porterville Library Fire

PORTERVILLE — Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library. Police said the boys were arrested after they were seen running from Porterville City Libra...
Photo of a firefighter covering his face

Firefighting Plane Crashes in Australia, Killing 3 Americans

SYDNEY — Three American crew members were killed Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. “The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it's ...
Photo of Elizabeth Watling holding her cat Tampopo

As Wildfires Get Worse, Smoke Spreads, Stokes Health Worries

PARADISE — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton’s house and killed 85 people in her community. “I don’t want to have cancer in my 50s because I inhaled smoke in my 30s." — Kelsey Norton, Par...
Photo of wildfire

Flames, Gear and Risks of Photographing California Wildfires

By Marcio Sanchez Associated Press  SANTA PAULA — It's ironic, but momentarily forgetting some of my safety gear ended up saving my life. "I have been covering wildfires since I began working with The Associated Press in 2002, and have had other near-...