Wildfires

In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Joe Ibrahim, head winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore., displays a bottle of rose of pinot noir made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing just before harvest, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. A federal agency approved the label for the wine, which four Oregon wineries collaborated on to save the winegrowers from financial ruin, just before the government shutdown, but label applications for chardonnay and pinot noir made from the salvaged grapes are among a huge backlog at the federal agency awaiting approval. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
January 30, 2019 - 2:44 pm
TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback. Two Oregon wineries stepped in to...
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Amanda Riddle, an attorney representing wildfire victims, speaks with a reporter outside of a Federal Courthouse in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California's recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers of the nation's biggest utility and reduce the size of any payouts to fire victims. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 29, 2019 - 7:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California's recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers of the nation's biggest utility and reduce the size of any payouts to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Roger Bloxberg, right, and his wife, Anne, embrace as they watch a wildfire on a hill top near their home in West Hills, Calif. Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion. State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that more than $8 billion worth of damage comes from the fire that leveled the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. About $3 billion more is from two Southern California wildfires that ignited the same week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 28, 2019 - 3:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires one of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday. More than $8 billion of those losses are from the fire that leveled the town of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, the Tubbs wildfire burns behind a winery in Santa Rosa, Calif. A state fire investigation's conclusion that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. equipment was not to blame for a deadly wildfire in Northern California wine country could complicate the utility's plans to file for bankruptcy. State investigators said Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, the 2017 blaze that killed multiple people and destroyed more than 5,600 structures in Sonoma and Napa counties was caused by a private electrical system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 25, 2019 - 2:04 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state fire investigation's conclusion that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. equipment was not to blame for a 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people in Northern California wine country could hamper lawsuits by victims of the blaze and complicate the utility's plans to file...
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A family goes through a water cooling walkway at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 25, 2019 - 2:02 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia's second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years. Melbourne reached 42 .8 C (109 F) by early afternoon...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017 file photo, a firefighter holds a water hose while fighting a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. Investigators say the deadly 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people in California's wine country was caused by a private electrical system, not embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The state's firefighting agency said Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that the Tubbs Fire started next to a residence. They did not find any violations of state law. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 24, 2019 - 8:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a long-awaited report, state investigators said Thursday that a 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people in Northern California wine country was caused by a private electrical system, not equipment belonging to embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. The state...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles are parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires. In a court filing Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco said Judge William Alsup should refrain from immediately imposing new requirements on the utility. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
January 23, 2019 - 8:49 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere with the work of federal and state regulators, the utility said Wednesday in a court filing...
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Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the 1990s, stands with wildfire victims and speaks outside the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Brockovich is urging California lawmakers not to let PG&E go bankrupt because it might mean less money for wildfire victims. (AP Photo/Kathleen Ronayne)
January 22, 2019 - 8:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Consumer activist Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the 1990s, urged California lawmakers Tuesday not to let the utility go bankrupt because it could mean less money for wildfire victims. "I'm mad, I think we should all be mad,"...
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A work crew removes branches from a tree on Mission Street in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 17, 2019 - 10:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to...
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A Caltrans worker covers spilled fuel and liquids with absorbent while cleaning up after a multi-car collision along a foggy Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass near Hesperia Calif., Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
January 16, 2019 - 11:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said. The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene. The man, who was homeless, may have been "just trying to...
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