Monday, October 23, 2017

’17 California wildfires

A sign on the chimney of a home warns looters Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, after it was destroyed by wildfires in Glen Ellen, Calif.

BY JANIE HAR and MICHAEL R. BLOOD SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes ...
A United States flag hangs from the charred remains of a home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

BY SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY CHEA SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility ...
Howard Lasker, right, comforts his daughter, Gabrielle, who is visiting their home for the first time since a wildfire swept through it Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

BY SUDHIN THANAWALA and BRIAN MELLEY SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, ...
Jack Weaver, left, and his brother in law, Patrick Widen, pose with Izzy, a 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, who belongs to Weaver's parents, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Windsor, Calif.

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver’s mother from the grim task of recovering the body ...
An aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after a wildfire swept through Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

BY SUDHIN THANAWALA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they’re ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of ...
Crystal Maples, left, and Sally Kyle pour drinks at McCarty's Bar which turned into an evacuation center in Redwood Valley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

BY PAUL ELIAS REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California’s fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it’s a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. ...
In this undated photo provided by Irma Muniz shows the Shepherd family, Jon and Sara Shepherd and their children, Kressa, and Kai.

BY AMY TAXIN When flames swept over the mountain like a “nuclear blast,” Paul Hanssen ran from his burning home, a water-soaked towel around his head and dog by his side, and took shelter in a trailer. He waited nervously ...
Firefighters huddle confer as flames from a massive wildfire burn along a mountain top near Oakville, Calif, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

BY PAUL ELIAS and JOCELYN GECKER SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope Friday as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive ...
A Cal Fire air taker makes a fire retardant drop on a wildfire as the pilot protects structures on the Hawkeye Ranch above Geyserville, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

BY ANDREW DALTON and JOHN L. MONE SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the ...
In this Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, destroyed communities are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.

BY KEN THOMAS and ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame ...
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