Natural disasters

This photo taken Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 near Lakeport, Calif. shows dirt paths created by bulldozers in an effort to contain part of the largest wildfire on record in California. Firefighters are battling the largest wildfire on record in California, while foresters and other experts are working to repair the damage. Crews are smoothing out dirt roads and replacing fences to mitigate the damage caused not by flames but by the firefighters racing to extinguish them. They seek to restore private lands, protect the environment and water supply, and prevent erosion.(AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
August 15, 2018 - 3:13 pm
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest...
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Draper Battalion Chiefs Bart Vawdrey and Kevin Holt listen during a press conference in Draper, Utah, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett died battling the largest recorded wildfire in California history. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 4:59 pm
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from his state to help battle record-setting blazes in California. Burchett died Monday night while fighting the largest blaze in...
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
August 14, 2018 - 4:58 pm
Yosemite National Park reopened its scenic valley Tuesday after a nearly three-week closure due to nearby wildfires but advised visitors to expect smoky air, limited lodging and food services at the popular California park. In Montana, hundreds of people were hastily evacuated from Glacier National...
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A boat taking off from Apgar heads across Lake McDonald on Monday morning, Aug. 13, 2018. Three fires burning in the park have reduced visibility and air quality. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 12:14 am
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the US West (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of...
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August 13, 2018 - 2:07 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake to ever rock Alaska's North Slope was followed about six hours later by the second largest — an aftershock of the first. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the ground at 6:58 a.m. Sunday about 343 miles (551 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks. The...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo a wildfire burns near homes in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif. California homeowners may find themselves facing insurance issues even if they were not directly hit by this year’s blazes. The California Department of Insurance warned in January that the increasing number and severity of wildfires in the state were making it more difficult for homeowners to find and hold on to insurance. And now they say that recent massive fires may make the problem more acute. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
August 13, 2018 - 9:04 am
California homeowners may find themselves facing insurance headaches even if their houses weren't affected by this year's blazes. The California Department of Insurance had already warned this year that the increasing number and severity of wildfires were making it harder for homeowners in the...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 24, 2018, firefighters stand on the cliff top where burned trees hug the coastline in Mati east of Athens, after wildfires raged through the popular seaside areas near the Greek capital. The prime minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras pledged Thursday Aug. 9, 2018, to overhaul the national disaster response agency, as authorities publicly named all the people killed by the country’s deadliest forest fire in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, FILE)
August 13, 2018 - 7:38 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A large forest fire in Greece that forced the evacuation of two villages overnight on the island of Evia was abating Monday but was not fully controlled yet. The fire service said four water-dropping planes and another four helicopters were participating in Monday's operations...
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Indonesian men carry the body of a victim of last week's earthquake past a damaged building during a funeral in Gangga, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Hundreds of people were killed while nearly 400,000 people are left homeless or displaced after the powerful earthquake rocked the popular tourist island on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
August 13, 2018 - 2:06 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars. The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. 5 quake killed 436...
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Kim Burns sifts through the charred rubble of her home burned in the Carr Fire, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 12, 2018 - 9:14 pm
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire was 41 percent contained Sunday afternoon after burning...
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August 12, 2018 - 4:32 pm
KAVIK RIVER CAMP, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday, the magnitude 6,.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles (67 kilometers) east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles (551...
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