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    07/01/2018 10:59:22 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2:12 PM 07/01/2018 | Chris White | Energy Reporter
    Colorado authorities arrested an illegal immigrant Saturday for allegedly starting a string of wildfires in the state that have consumed more than 40,000 acres and has not yet been contained. Jesper Joergensen was apprehended after the announcement was made at a community meeting, the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after he faces arson charges, a Costilla County official said at the meeting. An investigation from the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Colorado State Patrol...
  • Man (non-citizen) arrested for starting Colorado wildfire

    06/30/2018 8:56:35 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2018
    TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest. Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody for suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, the most active of around 10 blazes in Colorado, the state hardest hit by fires, according to Costilla County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once he...
  • Should Utilities Pay for California Wildfire Damage?

    05/26/2018 5:29:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Barron's ^ | May 26, 2018 | Vito J. Racanelli
    After the deaths of more than 40 people and the destruction of thousands of homes in California’s terrible wildfires last year, the ultimate financial reckoning remains far off. Not long ago, the state’s insurance department put compensation claims at nearly $12 billion. Will utilities and their shareholders pay, or ratepayers, or taxpayers? Should utilities bear the brunt of the claims, as consumer advocates propose, it could have serious negative repercussions for the long-term health of the California utility industry. If ratepayers or taxpayers foot the bill, many residents of the Golden State will feel the pinch in their pocketbooks. According...
  • Huge wildfire out of control western OK

    04/17/2018 2:21:28 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 47 replies
    extremely dry with wind guts to 50 MPH live shot from air from ground
  • 'First lady of luxury real estate' killed in Montecito mudslides (same town as Oprah, Ellen, et al.)

    01/16/2018 9:40:51 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    NPG of California ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Tracy Lehr
    MONTECITO, Calif. - Family and friends are mourning the loss of Rebecca Riskin of Riskin Partners in Montecito. The 61-year-old is one of 17 people who died in the flooding and mudslides in Montecito. It has been reported that her dogs died, too. Riskin was a professional ballerina before she become known as the first lady of luxury real estate. She sold more than $2.17 billion dollars in real estate during her career and didn't talk about her celebrity clients.
  • Fort Huachuca recognized as ‘Firewise’ community

    01/12/2018 3:45:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Rookhuyzen
    FORT HUACHUCA — After more than a year of effort, Fort Huachuca is being recognized for its efforts to prevent wildfires. During a short ceremony Thursday with Army personnel and fire officials, the installation was recognized as a “Firewise community” that has taken proactive steps to reduce fire risks. Fort Huachuca is the first Army post to receive this recognition and only the second military installation, after the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both are now part of a collection of 1,479 communities across 42 states that have earned this distinction since the program was started in 2002...
  • Cross Survives Fire While Surrounding Area Burns – Update On California Fires.

    12/15/2017 12:00:01 PM PST · by davikkm · 14 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    A cross at Ventura Park is still standing after the Thomas Fire devoured all around it.  Many in California see this as a sign of hope while all else around them is lost.  There was little time to gather belongings and flee.  Firefighters died as they fought to save homes, as innocent horses perished in fires that defied anything we have ever seen. The Serra Cross had stood since World War II, but rumors of the cross burning down had broken on social media. As power lines and everything else around the cross were destroyed, many reported the cross was...
  • GQ: Man Rescuing Bunny From Wildfire Reveals Whites' Hatred for Blacks

    12/13/2017 6:07:54 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 73 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/13/2017 | Alex Parker
    ...To Damon Young, a columnist for, Wadnan’s kind deed was a glaring symbol of white American racism. Young’s article, “The Video of the Man Saving the Rabbit from the Fire Captures Everything Wrong with Whiteness in 30 Seconds” ... contends that Wadnan’s act of bravery proves that whites care more for animals than for black people.
  • Cost of fighting six California wildfires reaches nearly $40M

    12/12/2017 7:27:12 AM PST · by eyeamok · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Dec 2017 | by UPI
    Costs of fighting all six major fires have risen to nearly $40 million, officials said. More than 9,500 firefighters from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington state are working the flames, with 7,000 of those on the Thomas Fire alone. In addition to the 1,000-plus structures destroyed, hundreds of homes have been torched, almost 100,000 people have been evacuated, 85,000 have been left without power and damages total about $10 billion.
  • California’s ‘new normal’ of winter wildfires doused by climate scientists

    12/11/2017 6:10:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Vice President Al Gore lead the list of those blaming climate change for Southern California’s devastating wildfires, calling them “the new normal,” but others insist the science just isn’t there. That includes climate scientists such as University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass, who moved to extinguish the “now normal” narrative by arguing that the data “strongly suggests there is no credible evidence” that global warming is fueling this fall’s California coastal wildfires, and that claims to the contrary are “baseless, if not outright wrong.” “The bottom line of all this is that observations and...
  • Santa Barbara now under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads [trunc}

    12/10/2017 3:11:44 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 246 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/17 | Keith Griffith
    The so-called Thomas Fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. It has already destroyed 583 structures and scorched 173,000 acres, the authorities say. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, which been under fire threat for days. The new evacuation zone extends within two miles of the Santa Barbara Zoo.
  • California governor blames devastating wildfires on climate change and says

    12/10/2017 12:37:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2017 | Keith Griffith
    California's governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be 'the new normal', as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a 'new reality' where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and...
  • California wildfires: Governor brands fires 'new normal'

    12/09/2017 10:49:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 December 2017
    Devastating wildfires fueled by climate change are “the new normal”, California’s governor has said. Jerry Brown said vast fires, such as the ones that have ravaged southern California in recent days, “could happen every year or every few years”. “We’re facing a new reality in this state,” he said. Mr Brown made the comments after surveying the damage in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles. Thousands of firefighters have been battling the fires since Monday. Mr. Brown, a Democrat who has attacked the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, said: “We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires...
  • California gov: Trump doesn’t fear God or ‘existential consequences’

    12/09/2017 11:05:28 AM PST · by Lera · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/9/17 | Julia Manchester
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump's stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his environmental policies. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday. Brown, who studied to become...
  • 28 Photos That Take You Inside California Wildfires’ Destruction

    12/08/2017 5:22:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 7, 2017 | Rachel del Guidice
    Wildfires in Southern California aided by wind have driven 200,000 from their homes, and have forced schools throughout the area to close. The largest fire started in Santa Paula, California, on Monday, but there are now five separate fires. Here’s a glimpse into some of the destruction California is facing.
  • Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire....B^(

    12/08/2017 8:02:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | December 8, 2017 | ANDREW DALTON and JULIE WATSON
    Hundreds of elite thoroughbred race horses sprinted away from flames Thursday as one of California's major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County. Not all made it. There was no official count of how many animals were killed in the hazy confusion as both horses and humans evacuated, but trainers at San Luis Rey Downs estimated that at least a dozen had died, possibly far more. Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center near...
  • Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

    12/06/2017 6:47:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/06/2017
    Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road. Residents for the area east of the 405, Mulholland to the North, Sunset to the South and Rosomare to the East were warned to prepare for an evacuation. Los Angeles Fire Dispatcher Margaret Stewart said the fire could grow with winds blowing at over 25 mph.
  • LIVE COVERAGE: State of emergency Los Angeles wild fires

    12/06/2017 6:49:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 144 replies
    KABC Los Angeles ^ | November 6, 2017
    Live TV News coverage. Multiple fires in Los Angeles area. Brush fire near Getty Center 0% contained, i-405 freeway closed.
  • Live Video: Firefighters battling separate brush fires in Kagel Canyon and Ventura County

    12/05/2017 2:37:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    KABC Los Angeles ^ | December 5, 2017
    Another terrible set of fires in California. Live broadcast from ABC7 in LA.
  • Ventura County Fire Live Dispatch Feed

    12/04/2017 10:08:20 PM PST · by rey · 113 replies
    Ventura County ^ | 4 Dec 2017
    Lint to Ventura Fire Dispatch.