Disaster planning and response

Elderly residents of the Riverside Heights Healthcare Center in Jurupa Valley, Calif., are evacuated from their care facility as flames and smoke from the Hill Fire approach Wednesday Oct 30, 2019. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire pushed by gale-force winds moved with terrifying speed toward a psychiatric nursing care facility Wednesday, leaving caregivers just 15 minutes to evacuate more than five dozen residents, many of them elderly and confined to wheelchairs and beds. They copied...
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A helicopter drops water while battling the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Millions of people have been without power for days as fire crews race to contain two major wind-whipped blazes that have destroyed dozens of homes at both ends of the state: in Sonoma County wine country and in the hills of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 29, 2019 - 9:19 pm
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — With no electricity for the fourth straight day Tuesday, chef and caterer Jane Sykes realized she would have to throw out $1,000 worth of food, including trays of brownies, cupcakes and puff pastry. She also had little hope of getting a good night's sleep — there was no...
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Firefighters work on a house destroyed by a wildfire called the Getty Fire in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
October 29, 2019 - 1:08 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as the state's biggest utility began another round of fire-prevention blackouts Tuesday that could leave millions of people without electricity, some for five days or longer. The shut-offs, aimed at keeping windblown...
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October 29, 2019 - 5:52 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon has deployed rescue workers and its military to search the wreckage of houses after a torrential downpour caused floods and a landslide that killed at least 13 people overnight in the western village of Bamoungoum near the regional capital Bafoussam. The governor...
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Woodbridge firefighter Joe Zurilgen passes a burning home as the Kincade Fire rages in Healdsburg, Calif., on Sunday, Oct 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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October 27, 2019 - 6:45 pm
SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — With ferocious winds driving multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation and nearly 200,000 people ordered to leave their homes, California's governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday. Meanwhile, millions of residents remained without power after the state's...
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A firefighter sprays water on a burning home as the Kincade Fire burns through the Jimtown community of unincorporated Sonoma County, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 24, 2019 - 8:46 pm
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is informing officials of another massive power shutdown expected this weekend throughout Northern California starting Saturday night and lasting into Monday. The...
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October 24, 2019 - 6:54 am
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire has forced evacuations north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. The state firefighting agency Cal Fire says the blaze near Geyserville has grown to 10,000 acres (15 square miles) early Thursday. The Sonoma County sheriff's office says evacuations...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. Authorities say power outages have started Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Northern California after the state's largest utility said it was planning a widespread blackout citing wildfire danger. The Santa Rosa Fire Department tweeted Wednesday that shutoffs had started in the city and it was getting multiple reports of outages. Pacific Gas & Electric said earlier Wednesday it was going forward with blackouts later in the day that could affect 450,000 people in 17 counties of Northern California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 23, 2019 - 8:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on planned power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s president and CEO has defended the utility's unpopular decision to switch power off in the second blackout this month. Bill Johnson of PG&E took pains...
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Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Jost, right, looks to get the puck past St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester (19) and Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
October 21, 2019 - 10:01 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak. Brayden Schenn and David Perron also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who came in with their longest skid since...
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A firefighter looks out over the flames of the Palisades Fire minutes after it ignites on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 in the Pacific Palisades, section of Los Angeles. The blaze broke out Monday morning in a coastal canyon of the affluent Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The flames quickly churned uphill through dry brush as helicopters made water drops to keep it from reaching large houses at the top of a bluff. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
October 21, 2019 - 9:05 pm
With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, California's largest utility said Monday it's considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people to try and prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric said shutoffs in the northern part of the...
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