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PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Manslaughter

CEO apologizes for devastating 2018 wildfire

(Newser) - Pacific Gas & Electric confessed Tuesday to killing 84 people in a devastating 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise in November 2018. PG&E CEO Bill Johnson entered guilty pleas on behalf of the company for 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the... More »

PG&E Agrees to Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges in Fire

Utility's electric grid sparked Camp Fire in 2018

(Newser) - Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that decimated three Northern California towns. The fire and its aftermath also drove the nation's largest utility into... More »

Shannen Doherty's Lawyer Rips State Farm's 'Appalling' Claim

Insurance company says actress is using cancer to gain sympathy, money for damaged home

(Newser) - Shannen Doherty's revelation this week that that she has stage 4 breast cancer is mostly drawing messages of support—except from one notable name. State Farm is suggesting the 90210 actress had an ulterior motive in first sharing that diagnosis in court documents. The 48-year-old is embroiled in a... More »

Players, Coaches Lost Their Homes. Now, a Championship

Meet the inspired players at Paradise High School

(Newser) - A Northern California high school football team will play for a championship Saturday one year after most of the players and coaches lost their homes to a wildfire that nearly destroyed their town, the AP reports. Paradise High School will face Sutter Union High School for the Northern Section Division... More »

LA Firefighter Racks Up $360K in Overtime in One Year

Audit finds 18 members of LAFD made more than $200K in overtime

(Newser) - A Los Angeles firefighter racked up an eye-popping amount of overtime pay last fiscal year, per an audit released Wednesday: $360,010. In fact, the audit by City Controller Ron Galperin reveals, more than 90% of sworn police and fire employees in the city got overtime (an average of $27,... More »

Trump to California: 'No More' Funding for You

The president unloads on Twitter

(Newser) - President Trump hit Twitter on Sunday and repeated an old plan of his: stop giving money to California to fight wildfires, USA Today reports. Gov. Gavin Newsom "has done a terrible job of forest management," the president wrote . "I told him from the first day we met... More »

SoCal Blaze Threatens 2.5K Homes, Buildings

But firefighters are making progress against the Maria Fire

(Newser) - Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings, the AP reports. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number of residents in Somis to return home Saturday morning after... More »

'Darn Smart' Idea Helped Save Reagan Library

Goats ate vegetation around library, fending off flames

(Newser) - As a new wildfire started up in California's hillsides this week, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library became a target—and officials are now patting themselves on the back for a "darn smart" idea that may have helped save it. CNN reports that the Easy Fire kicked up on... More »

Fire Surrounds Reagan Library Amid Historic Winds

Wildfires continue to rage in California as Santa Ana winds buffet the state

(Newser) - Wildfires continue to rage in California as historic winds buffet the area, and on Wednesday morning, a fire broke out in Simi Valley and quickly surrounded the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The Easy Fire had exploded to 1,300 acres by 10am and was threatening 6,500 homes, KTLA reports,... More »

As Blaze Rages, Precious Art Remains in 'Fireproof Fortress'

LA's J. Paul Getty Museum has its blaze-protecting fortifications in place

(Newser) - A wildfire is raging on the property of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, but don't fret about its masterpieces being turned to ash. The building is a "fireproof fortress" specifically designed to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes and wildfires, per the Guardian . The art is... More »

More Blackouts Coming as California Fires Rage

PG&E customers slam 'failure of epic proportions'

(Newser) - Millions of Californians prepared to be in the dark—some for five days, or longer—as the nation's largest utility said it was switching off power again Tuesday to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment and sparking more fires. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. said its latest blackout... More »

California Wildfire Forces LeBron to Evacuate

The Getty Fire is raging in Southern California, has shut down part of 405 freeway

(Newser) - Wildfires are raging in California amid winds that were gusting up to 102mph in some parts of the state, and the Getty Fire, which started early Monday near Southern California's Getty Center museum, had reached more than 500 acres by mid-morning. It caused part of the 405 freeway... More »

Record Winds Spread Flames in California's Wine Country

Nearly 200,000 people have evacuated

(Newser) - California's governor declared a statewide emergency with nearly 200,000 people ordered to flee their homes because of wildfires fueled by historic winds, while millions were without electricity after the largest utility cut power in some areas as a precaution to prevent other fires, the AP reports. Gov. Gavin... More »

Another 50K Are Evacuated

Northern California wildfire forces more to flee amid power shut-offs

(Newser) - Authorities ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state's largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger, the AP reports. Two previous electricity shut-offs... More »

PG&E Warns of 'Extreme Measure' Amid High Winds

Utility may be shutting off power to 2 million people in Northern California on Saturday night

(Newser) - More than 2 million people in Northern California may be without power Saturday night in a planned blackout meant to fend off wildfires. The Los Angeles Times reports that this anticipated move by Pacific Gas and Electric, which would affect 36 counties, is due to high winds forecast for the... More »

Fires Rage Across California as Lights Go Out

No deaths or injuries have been reported

(Newser) - Fast-growing fires throughout California forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed flames and fears in the state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the past two years. The dramatic fires and evacuations—near Los Angeles and in the wine... More »

California Is Going Dark Again

Hundreds of thousands expected to be affected by power outages amid fire fears

(Newser) - The state's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would begin precautionary power shutoffs in the afternoon affecting nearly 180,000 homes and businesses... More »

Calif. Blaze Only 13% Contained

At least the Santa Ana winds have died down

(Newser) - Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage, the AP reports. A blaze in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles was only 13% contained Saturday after destroying 13 buildings. One man who... More »

California Power Shutoff Is Causing Car Accidents

More than 1 million coping with no power as a safety precaution

(Newser) - What a mess. More than 1 million people in California were without power Thursday, and the number might grow to 2 million before all is said and done. It's all part of a controversial move by PG&E to cut power in more than 30 counties as a safety... More »

California Braces for Historic Power Outage

More than 800K customers will have power cut off in attempt to prevent wildfires

(Newser) - Two years to the day after some of the deadliest wildfires tore through Northern California wine country, a utility announced Tuesday it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in the largest preventive outage in state history—to try to prevent wildfires caused by faulty power lines.... More »

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