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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-...
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Wildfires Erupt in LA, Grow in Wine Country

SANTA ROSA — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...
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PG&E Admits It May Have Ignited Sonoma Fire

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas & Electric admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited a ruinous wildfire spreading across the California wine country, despite blackouts imposed across the region to prevent blazes. The disclosure came as firefighters s...
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4 Firefighters Hurt in Crash on Tulare County Road

PORTERVILLE — Authorities say four Cal Fire firefighters from San Diego were injured when a fire engine crashed and overturned on a rural road in central California. The California Highway Patrol says the dr...
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Fighting Fire With Fire Often Falls Short in US West

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had s...
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Agencies Try Hard to Stop Suicides of Wildland Firefighters

BOISE, Idaho — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team tha...