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County Opens Erosion Control Center In Alpine For Valley Fire Victims

Sept. 17
By City News Service

San Diego County will open an erosion control center in Alpine Thursday to help businesses and homeowners prevent debris flows in the areas burned by the Valley Fire.

In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fi...

No Emergency Training For Crew On Boat Where Fire Killed 34

Sept. 16
Stefanie Dazio and Tom Krisher / Associated Press

Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according to federal documents released Wednesday.

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County To Open Erosion Control Center In Alpine For Valley Fire Victims

Sept. 16
By City News Service

San Diego County will open an erosion control center in Alpine Thursday to help businesses and homeowners prevent debris flows in the areas burned by the Valley Fire.

In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighte...

'Nothing Left In The Bucket': Wildfire Resources Run Thin

Sept. 16
James Anderson and Matthew Brown / Associated Press

Firefighters battling the West Coast wildfires say this year's blazes are some of the worst they have ever seen. They say the fires are taxing the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire-fighting forces to an extraordinary degree. And half of the fire season is yet to come.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, left, o...

Sen. Toni Atkins Reflects On 'Most Difficult Year' In The Legislature

Sept. 15
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 touched everything this year, including California's State Legislature. When the Senate and Assembly wrapped up their sessions in August, many closely watched bills failed to get the votes they needed to pass.

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Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Putting Vulnerable Communities At Risk

Sept. 15
By Tania Thorne

As fires continue burning in California, San Diego County has advised vulnerable populations to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by particles from the smoke.

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Valley Fire Remains At 17,665 Acres, 87% Contained

Sept. 15
By City News Service

Crews strove Tuesday to get full lines of control around the smoldering remnants of the Valley Fire, which blackened thousands of acres in rural eastern San Diego County last week, leveling dozens of homes and forcing widespread evacuations.

President Donald Trump listens as California Go...

Newsom Gently Confronts Trump On Climate Change

Sept. 14
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was respectful with President Donald Trump about climate change during his visit to the state. Trump traveled to California on Monday for a briefing about the massive wildfires that have burned throughout the state this year.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as h...

Trump Spurns Science On Climate: 'Don't Think Science Knows'

Sept. 14
Will Weissert, Aamer Madhani, Jonathan Lemire and Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press

With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in West Coast infernos. He reiterated his unfounded claim that poor forest management is to blame.

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Valley Fire Remains At 17,665 Acres Burned, 87% Contained

Sept. 13
By City News Service

Firefighters Monday worked toward full containment on the smoldering remains of the Valley Fire, which was 87% contained after blackening 17,665 acres in rural eastern San Diego County, authorities reported

Patrick Kenefick, left, and Dana Williams, both...

Death Toll From Wildfires Reaches 33 On The West Coast

Sept. 13
By Associated Press

The death toll from the wildfires raging on the West Coast stands at least 33, with authorities saying nearly all of the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news con...

Trump To Visit California For Wildfire Briefing

Sept. 12
By Associated Press

President Donald Trump will visit California on Monday to receive a briefing on the devastating wildfires that are burning throughout the West Coast.

Dead trees in the Cleveland National Forest in ...

Natural Reserves Closed Through Monday Due To California Wildfires

Sept. 12
By Lara McCaffrey

California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed 49 of its wildlife areas and ecological reserves that are near U.S. Forest Service boundaries.

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Valley Fire Chars 17,665 Acres, 69% Contained, Evacuation Orders Lifted

Sept. 12
By City News Service

Firefighters battling the Valley Fire in rural eastern San Diego County worked to take advantage of lighter winds and higher humidity Saturday morning in an attempt to increase containment of the blaze.

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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

Sept. 11
By Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill giving California’s inmate firefighters a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences.