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This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric is promising promising to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover attempt by the state of California and prove the beleaguered utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise to shake things up came late Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the San Francisco company tries to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

Brush Fire Burns on South Santa Barbara County Coast

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Winds spread a brush fire over more than 150 acres (61 hectares) along the south Santa Barbara...
This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric is promising promising to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover attempt by the state of California and prove the beleaguered utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise to shake things up came late Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the San Francisco company tries to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

Regulators Waive $200M Fine on PG&E For Causing Deadly Fires

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday suspended a $200 million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric as punishment for the...
Wildfire

Blaze Erupts In Santa Ana River Bottom Near Norco

NORCO (CNS) - A wind-whipped brush fire broke out today in the Santa Ana River bottom on the east end of Norco,...
A fire burns after an explosion at the Marathon Refinery in Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

Refinery Fire In Metro LA Controlled By Firefighters

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Carson, Calif. (AP) — A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries...
In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge Rips PG&E For Poor Safety Record Leading To Wildfires

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By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas &...
Meade firefighters help extinguish apartment fire off post- Photographer: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office

Fire Tears Through Apartment Complex In Tustin

TUSTIN (CNS) - One person was unaccounted for this morning following a five-alarm blaze that caused the roof of a two-story apartment...
This Nov. 1, 2019, file photo shows flames from a backfire on a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California Governor Wants To Grill PG&E About Financing Plan

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By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from...
This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric is promising promising to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover attempt by the state of California and prove the beleaguered utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise to shake things up came late Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the San Francisco company tries to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

PG&E Pledges to Shake Up Board in Bid to Placate California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric is pledging to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a...
State Seal- Everystockphoto: Photographer Hey Paul

Governor Newsom Announces Completion Of Emergency Projects To Protect Wildfire-Vulnerable Communities

Jan 29, 2020 Governor Newsom ordered the emergency fuel management projects as part of Emergency Proclamation last year Learning lessons of Paradise, 35 projects targeted 90,000 acres surrounding the 200 most-at-risk communities –  protecting evacuation routes and critical infrastructure like hospitals Today, all of the projects are working fuel breaks – with 34 of 35 [...]
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Los Angeles Sets Record For Lowest Number Of Fire Fatalities In 2019

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles set a record in 2019 for the lowest number of structure fire fatalities, the city Fire...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Sonoma County Report: Kincade Fire, PG&E Power Shutoffs Cost County $725 Million

The Kincade Fire and evacuations and four PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs last fall cost Sonoma County $725 million in economic losses,...
Campfire -Photographer: Sam Howzit

South Coast AQMD Bans Residential Wood Burning Today

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no-burn day alert through 11:59 p.m. today for...
Trash Fire

Bay Area Appliance Recycler To Pay $146,000 Penalty For Mishandling, Burning Hazardous Waste

State officials this week penalized a Fairfield appliance recycler for mishandling and burning hazardous waste for years at three Northern California locations....
Wildfire

California Certifies Statewide Programmatic Environmental Impact Review To Protect Californians From Catastrophic Wildfires

Published: Dec 31, 2019 State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has certified the fuel management and forest protection program  The California Vegetation Treatment Program will help CAL FIRE and other public agencies increase vegetation management efforts statewide while meeting CEQA standards SACRAMENTO – California has a new tool in its efforts to build wildfire [...]
Biohazard danger symbol-Photographer: futureatlas.com

Fire At Brea Aerospace Company Unleashes Hazardous Materials

BREA (CNS) - Firefighters and a hazardous materials firm were at an aerospace manufacturing firm in Brea this morning putting out a...
Los Angeles International Airport -LAX sign

Flames Destroy Two Propane Buses, Damage Third, at LAX

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles firefighters put out a fire that destroyed two liquid propane-powered passenger buses and damaged a third...

Do You Have a ‘Killer’ Christmas Tree?

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In light of fatal fires involving Christmas trees and holiday decorations, the Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you: "It...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Fire Damages Strip Mall In Woodland Hills, Causes Roof Collapse

WOODLAND HILLS (CNS) - Fire damaged a strip mall in Woodland Hills this morning, causing a portion of the roof to collapse...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Crews To Conduct Controlled Burn Near Idyllwild

IDYLLWILD (CNS) - Fire crews are slated tomorrow to burn piles of brush and debris just south of Idyllwild, and residents and...
Riverside County

Riverside Fire Chief Lifts Burn Ban Countywide

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - With the onset of cool, wet weather, Riverside County Fire Chief Shawn Newman as of yesterday is lifting a...
Power Line

Lights Out: PG&E Study Finds Power Outages Could Become Rampant In Northern California If...

Continued power outages as a result of electric-wire failures in Northern California could drastically increase in the next few years if PG&E Corp. does not up its...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Cash Ablaze: California Firefighters’ Overtime Costs Jump 65%

Due to large increases in wildfires across the state of California, the overtime costs for firefighters surged by 65% over the past...
Wildfire

California Bans Insurers From Cancelling Fire Policies In Wildfire Zones

California passed temporary restrictions on Thursday banning insurers from declining or refusing to renew home-insurance policies for homeowners in certain wildfire-prone parts...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

PG&E Found Responsible For Lack Of Powerline Maintenance.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E Corp.) has been found responsible for a lack of inspection and maintenance on transmission lies...
LA DWP Headquarters

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) Sued By Federal Government Over 2017...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power is defending itself against a federal lawsuit that...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Los Angeles County Places 6 Cent Parcel Tax For Fire Department On March Ballot

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors agreed today to place a parcel tax on the March ballot that would provide...
PG& Pacific Gas & Electric

Can Pacific G&E Follow San Diego G&E Approach to Wildfire Challenge?

PG&E’s role in the recent spate of wildfires is an issue being vigorously debated across the state. What the utility has done wrong and...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Wildfire Outside Santa Barbara, California, Threatens homes, Causes Evacuations

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Nov 26 (Reuters) - Fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above Santa Barbara, California, early on Tuesday, causing...
In-N-Out - Late Night Snack - Everystockphoto: Photographer VirtualErn

Up In Smoke: Cal Fire Sues In-N-Out For $1.2 Million Over San Luis Obispo...

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has filed a lawsuit against the California fast-food burger chain In-N-Out on Friday, alleging that...
San Bernardino National Forest

Prescribed Burns Planned in the San Bernardino National Forest

IDYLLWILD (CNS) - The onset of winter weather will permit prescribed burning operations to get underway in the San Bernardino National Forest,...
Wildfire

Wildfire Report: Los Angeles Controller’s Report Calls for More DWP Wildfire Prevention

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The city controller released a report today that outlines recommendations for the Los Angeles Department of Water and...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

PG&E Cuts Power to 50,000 California Homes and Businesses During Wildfire Risk

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By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman Nov 20 (Reuters) - About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

California’s PG&E Customers Face New Round of Mass Outages

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By Steve Gorman Nov 19 (Reuters) - Power supply to about 150,000 California homes and businesses is expected to be...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

Fire Threat On High Alert: PG&E Could Leave Thousands of Californians Without Power

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Nov 17 (Reuters) - About 180,000 customers in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) warned...
Healdsburg Fire Danger

Wildfire Threat Darkens California Dream, Residents Say

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By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K insey Metts moved to California for its wilderness...
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Southern California Edison Announces Thomas, Woolsey Fire Settlement

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Southern California Edison announced today it hasreached a $210 million settlement to resolve claims filed by public agenciesover...
San Diego Fire Department

Family of Three Displaced When Fire Breaks Out in Garage of Pacific Beach Home

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A blaze broke out in the garage of a Pacific Beachhome this morning and displaced a family of...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

PG&E to offer $13.5 bln in compensation to wildfire victims – Bloomberg

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Nov 11 (Reuters) - Bankrupt California power producer PG&E Corp is offering $13.5 billion in compensation to wildfire victims as part of...
Firefighters remove a flag off a barn, as the wind driven Kincade fire burns near the town of Healdsburg, California, U.S., October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

FEATURE-As Wildfires Worsen, Californians Harness Tech for Help

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By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a wildfire threatened Margie Hanselman's home in...
Smoke from a bushfire fills the sky near the Warner Bros. Studios at the Universal City area in northwest Los Angeles March 30, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)

Small Brush Fire Breaks Out Above Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank

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By Erin Nyren LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A small brush fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills above the Warner Bros. studio lot...

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