Natural disasters

Vintage trucks burned by the Wall fire rest in a grove near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The forested area burning is about 10 miles south of Oroville, where spillways in the nation’s tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 08, 2017 - 9:45 pm
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A pair of Santa Barbara County wildfires quickly spread Saturday, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing evacuations at a popular lakeside campground and a summer camp where flames temporarily trapped children and counselors, a fire official said. The fire that started...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif. California's emergency services director says the federal government has failed to reimburse $18 million for fighting fires on federal lands in the state. Mark Ghilarducci said in a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service chief this week that the federal agency had ignored its financial responsibility and raised the possibility the state might stop responding to fires in national forests, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
July 07, 2017 - 10:13 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's emergency services director fired off a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service this week that said the agency had stiffed local governments $18 million for fighting wildfires on federal lands last year and raised the prospect the state may stop protecting...
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This Wednesday, July 5, 2017, photo provided by Tony Cooper shows a wildfire burning near Breckenridge, Colo. Firefighters were working Thursday to keep a wildfire that's forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from spreading toward homes near Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Resort and the nearby historic town. (Tony Cooper via AP)
July 07, 2017 - 1:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people spent another night away from their homes as firefighters scrambled to beat back a small wildfire near Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Resort and the nearby historic town. The fire has scorched less than a quarter of a square mile (.65 sq. kilometers) but has forced the...
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July 07, 2017 - 6:02 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government is activating contingency plans in response to a drought gripping almost 80 percent of the country. Environment Secretary Carlos Martins says the "extremely serious" situation after an unusually dry winter and an exceptionally hot spring requires action...
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A plane drops fire retardant in Breckenridge, Colo., Wednesday, July 5, 2017. A wildfire has scorched about 60 acres (24.3 hectares) and forced residents from their homes near the Colorado mountain town of Breckenridge. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP)
July 06, 2017 - 4:41 pm
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters were working Thursday to keep a wildfire that's forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from spreading toward homes near Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Resort and the nearby historic town. Crews were attacking the fire, burning about 2 miles north of the...
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Liquor bottles that rattled off the shelves after an earthquake sit on the floor at a liquor store Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Lincoln, Mont. The strongest earthquake to hit Montana in more than half a century sent bartenders jumping over bars, food falling off grocery store shelves and awakened residents and dogs more than 30 miles from its epicenter. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
July 06, 2017 - 3:56 pm
LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) — The strongest earthquake to hit Montana in more than half a century sent bartenders jumping over bars, food falling off grocery store shelves and woke up residents and dogs. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage from the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that...
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A tree was snapped in half by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake felt in Helena, Montana, on Thursday, July 06, 2017. The quake and numerous aftershocks were centered about 30 miles away in Lincoln, Montana, and could be felt as far away as Washington state. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
July 06, 2017 - 1:21 pm
LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) — The strongest earthquake to hit Montana in more than half a century sent bartenders jumping over bars, food falling off grocery store shelves and awakened residents and dogs more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its epicenter. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...
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July 05, 2017 - 3:23 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a wildfire has come within 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of Ancient Olympia — birthplace of the Olympic Games — as several large forest fires continued to burn around the country. Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou told state-run television that firefighters...
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July 03, 2017 - 10:37 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese emergency services say six firefighters have been hurt while tackling a wildfire near where 64 people died in a forest blaze last month. The Civil Protection Agency says the injured firefighters worked for a private company and were helping public services at the...
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Smoke billows from Sileri Crater after it erupted in Dieng, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. A helicopter carrying eight people crashed Sunday while on the way to help with evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main Indonesian island of Java. (AP Photo/Dwiana Jati Setiaji)
July 03, 2017 - 1:17 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A rescue helicopter crashed while heading to help evacuate residents near an active volcano on Indonesia's main island, killing all eight people on board, officials said Monday. The helicopter crashed about three minutes before arriving at Dieng Plateau, the popular...
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