Disaster planning and response

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, shows the charred remains of the Soda Rock Winery framed by the building's stone facade in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to hire two law firms to pursue legal action against Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility. The action comes as PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by a series of catastrophic fires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated electrical system and managerial negligence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
January 15, 2020 - 1:26 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire two law firms to pursue...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, and Deb Boirg, an Australian firefighter celebrate as they play a game of tennis together during the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Tennis stars have come together for the Rally for Relief to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia. (Scott Barbour/AAP Image via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 5:50 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities on Wednesday. Tennis Australia said the night helped raise nearly 5 million...
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Clouds of volcanic ash rise up from damaged trees in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Taal volcano is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 14, 2020 - 2:37 pm
TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. Government work was suspended and...
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Tom Hanks, winner of the Cecil B. deMille Award, poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
January 14, 2020 - 7:52 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is extending its offer of citizenship to Tom Hanks to his wife and their two children, in recognition of the family's help in assisting victims of a deadly wildfire near Athens in 2018. Last month, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed an honorary...
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Snow covers areas of Kundalshahi, in Neelum Valley, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Severe winter weather has claimed more lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed more than 50 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while a dozen died in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal)
January 14, 2020 - 7:23 am
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Severe winter weather has claimed more lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed 55 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while 15 died in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. The latest deaths raise the two countries' overall death toll from...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 14, 2020 - 2:00 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. government and Pacific Gas & Electric are boiling over as the two sides battle over whether a taxpayer-funded agency should be allowed to stake a claim on a $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from catastrophic wildfires blamed on...
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In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, photo, John Mash, right, a fire operations supervisor for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario, Canada, works in the situation room at the Rural Fire Service office in Moruya, Australia. The U.S., Canada and New Zealand have sent hundreds of firefighters to Australia to help local crews battle its deadly wildfires. The firefighters have come as part of a reciprocal deal which has previously seen Australians posted in North America. Many of the firefighters have specialized skills such as managing air operations or logistics. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 09, 2020 - 8:42 pm
MORUYA, Australia (AP) — Bimbimbie. Wamban. Ulladulla. Australia's place names can be a mouthful to pronounce, and it's one of the challenges that Canadian firefighter John Mash has faced after arriving to help battle the country's deadly wildfires. American firefighter Terrance Gallegos, meanwhile...
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A sign is displayed beside a burned out house near Mogo, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, thanking "firies" a colloquial term for firefighters. House after house in affected areas have hung makeshift banners offering thanks to the people they call "firies." It's a far cry from how many Australians view their leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been widely ridiculed for his response to the disaster. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 09, 2020 - 1:42 am
TOMERONG, Australia (AP) — Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are forecast to escalate the danger over the next two days. The Rural Fire Service in New South Wales...
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A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 08, 2020 - 1:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark more fires before dangerous hot and windy conditions return. Around 2,...
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FILE - In a Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, Chris Hemsworth participates during a Q&A panel on day three at the Ace Comic-Con in Rosemont, Ill. Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks to help aid the efforts for the engulfing wildfires in Australia. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2020 - 9:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks for relief efforts as wildfires engulf Australia. Hemsworth, the Australian actor who plays Thor in the Marvel movie franchise, took to social media Monday to share that he will donate $1 million and...
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