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At least $9 billion in insurance claims from California fires

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:23 PM

'The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California's history," says California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. - Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day digging battle lines to contain California's worst ever wildfire as the wind-whipped flames cleaved a merciless path through the state's northern hills, leaving death and devastation in their wake. The Camp Fire -- in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento -- has killed 29 people, matching the state's deadliest ever brush blaze 85 years ago. More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, according to officials. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)

California's deadliest wildfire finally tamed

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:08 AM

A total of 153,336 acres are affected by the fire, with nearly 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed

A FIRE TAMED. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Death toll in California fire rises to 87

Nov 25, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The California state fire authority says the fire is now 98% contained

IN RUINS. A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Toll rises to 77 in deadliest California wildfire

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

More than 10,000 homes are destroyed in the blaze which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, and essentially wiped the community of Paradise off the map

DEATH TOLL RISES. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Often divisive Trump switches to Consoler in Chief role

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'I just felt this was something we had to do,' says US President Donald Trump, seemingly shocked by the intensity of what he'd witnessed

IN RUINS. President Donald Trump (C) surveys the damage from the Woolsey fire in Malibu on November 17, 2018. Photo by Genaro Molina/POOL/AFP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Number of missing jumps to more than 1,000 in California fire

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea emphasizes that their list of missing is constantly fluctuating and that not everyone on it is presumed dead

PARADISE, CA - NOVEMBER 10: A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 100,000 acres and has destroyed over 6,700 homes and businesses in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at 20 percent containment. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Thousands of firefighters spend a fifth day digging battle lines to contain the "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento, while search teams are on a grim mission to recover the dead

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

The 'Camp Fire' is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across California, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map

FIRE DEATHS. Yuba County Sheriff officers carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

New wildfire rips through northern California

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The wildfire in Lakehead area has already devastated almost 10,000 hectares in just two days and continues to spread

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Twin blazes form California's largest wildfire in history

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 114,850 hectares – an area nearly the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles – and are just 30% contained

WILDFIRES. An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning along High Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018. Photo by Noah Berger/AFP

'Come and get me,' boy pleaded before California fire death

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Northern California's Carr Fire has killed 6 people since July 26, including a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren, aged 4 and 5

CARR FIRE. A Los Angeles city firefighter walks through a charred field as he looks for hot spots after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29, 2018 in Redding, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Returning winds churn up heightened alert in fire-hit California

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The National Weather Service issues a red alert for 'gusty winds and low relative humidity' in the affected area of Santa Barbara County

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Winds and dry conditions are threatening to help the blaze grow

FIRE FIGHTING. A Hot Shot crew climbs a hill while cutting a line among homes at the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017 in Montecito, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: December 9-15, 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:43 PM

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A boy looks at a rainbow during a sunset in Bogota on December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA

The week in photos: December 2-8, 2017

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:08 PM

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A masked Palestinian boy stands in front of flames during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the northern village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank near Nablus on December 4, 2017.An Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank last week after a group of Israelis was targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Wildfires rage across southern California, 1st death reported

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) Winds with hurricane-force gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour are fueling the blazes, creating apocalyptic scenes of hillsides engulfed in billowing smoke and towering plumes of flame

THOMAS FIRE. A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop at the Thomas Fire on December 7, 2017 near Fillmore, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Filipinos along path of California wildfires urged to evacuate if needed

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles estimates that there are 25,800 Filipinos in Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire is wreaking havoc

WILDFIRE. Firefighters battle strong winds as they try to save a house during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Filipino dead in California wildfires – DFA

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:40 AM

'We offer our sincere sympathies and prayers to the family of our kababayan who perished in this horrific fire,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California.

California fire toll rises to 40

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:32 AM

Cal Fire says 22 of the victims died in Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco

WHAT'S LEFT. California National Guard troops search burned homes near Mark West Springs Road and Old Redwood Highway on October 15, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

23 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:53 AM

(UPDATED) Winds and dry conditions are hampering efforts to contain the deadly blazes

15 dead as wildfires torch California wine country

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown says emergency responders expect the death toll to rise further

KENWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: A fuel truck sits in a stagin area as the Nuns Fire burns in the hills behind it on October 10, 2017 in Kenwood, California. Fifteen people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses in several Northen California counties. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:12 AM

(UPDATED) At least 1,500 buildings are destroyed as the state declares an emergency in 3 counties ravaged by fires

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Some 8 000 people are sent fleeing as thousands of firefighters battle 14 large wildfires throughout the state according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection known as Cal Fire

CALIFORNIA FIRE. Statues stand next to a home that was destroyed by the Wall Fire on July 9, 2017 in Oroville, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Fires near Los Angeles displace 5,000 people

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:41 AM

The wildfire that sparked Saturday afternoon June 4 has already seared through nearly 500 acres 200 hectares

Hills burnt from a wildfire surrounding a home on Ganelon Drive, June 5, 2016 in Calabasas, California. Michael Owen Baker/AFP

More than 1,400 homes razed in California fires

Sep 21, 2015 - 2:40 PM

The death toll rises to 6 after a person was killed in a new fire south of Monterey

CALIFORNIA FIRES. A handout picture made available by the US Forest Service on September 20, 2015, shows an out-of-control wildfire approaching the Kings River, east of Fresno, California, USA, on September 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of US Forest Service/EPA

California wildfires death toll rises to 5

Sep 18, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Some 17 000 people are still unable to return to their homes as 13 000 firefighters battle blazes across the state

DEATH TOLL RISES. A general view shows the wreckage of cars destroyed by the 'Valley fire' in Middletown, California, USA, September 16, 2015. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

2 more fatalities from massive California wildfires

Sep 17, 2015 - 10:44 AM

The two victims are discovered at their homes in the Sierra Nevada Foothills after failing to heed a mandatory evacuation order deputy Calaveras County coroner Keith Rosa says

RUBBLE. A general view shows the rubble of a home destroyed over the weekend by the 'Valley fire' in Middletown, California, USA, September 15, 2015. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

California declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Sep 14, 2015 - 3:46 PM

More than 5 500 firefighters are struggling to contain the monster blazes that have charred more than 100 000 acres

WILDFIRE. A handout picture made available by the US Forest Service on 12 September 2015 shows the 'Rough Fire' burning in central California, USA, 11 September 2015. US Forest Service/EPA

Wildfires rage across California

Aug 03, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Some 6 000 homes are evacuated as 21 large fires burn in the bone dry western US state which is in the throes of a historic drought

INFERNO. Firefighters watch as the Rocky fire burns near Clearlake, California, USA, August 1, 2015. Noah Berger/EPA

California drought 'to cost farmers $1.7 billion'

May 20, 2014 - 9:21 AM

The drought can leave 14 500 workers without jobs in California s Central Valley known as the US food basket

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Raging California wildfire nearly triples in size

May 04, 2013 - 11:18 AM

The Springs Fire grew to 28 000 acres from 10 000 acres but has been 20 contained

WILDFIRE. Flames approach the Blackiston Ranch as the Springs fire continues to grow on May 3, 2013 near Camarillo, California. Photo by AFP