Fires spare Reagan library but menace homes near Los Angeles

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer zone chewed by goats. With California tinder dry and fires […]

Wind-whipped fires rage across California as lights go out

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Fast-growing fires throughout California forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed flames and fears in the state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the past two years. The dramatic fires and evacuations — near Los Angeles and in the wine […]

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The move by Pacific Gas & […]

Trump tours Paradise area, calls wildfire a ‘really bad one’

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California’s killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape. “We’re going to have to work quickly. … Hopefully this is going to be the […]

Guest Article: Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams, “Summer Season: Peak Time for Grilling Fires”

  Publisher’s Note: Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams writes some of the best press releases this newspaper has ever seen. Here’s one he issued this morning, which we’re reprinted in whole. By Jimmy Williams, Montgomery County Fire Marshal There’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill while celebrating our Country’s independence. […]

When tragedy hits, restoration sharks swarm, but government should still let people protect themselves

Image: A tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, breaches the water to catch its prey. Montgomery County, June 22 – As Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams reported yesterday, there were two house fires on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, resulting from lightning strikes. The Roman Forest and Woodlands Fire Departments arrived at the scenes of the fires within […]

Breaking News! Afternoon Thunderstorms lead to two Montgomery County residential fires with lightning id’d as cause in both

Breaking News! Afternoon Thunderstorms lead to two Montgomery County residential fires with lightning id’d as cause in both

Image: Lightning struck a home in The Woodlands on Wednesday evening, June 20, 2018. The Woodlands Fire Department arrived at the scene within minutes after heroic across-the street neighbor Ken Neugebauer called 9-1-1 after he witnessed the lightning strike across the street while sitting in a chair on his driveway.   Roman Forest and The […]

Fireworks cause Montgomery County fires, injuries on New Year’s Eve

Conroe, January – Montgomery County Firefighters respond to 7 structure fires overnight and at least three injured in separate fireworks accidents. Montgomery County saw its first fireworks related injury of 2018 just 7 minutes into the new year, when a 27 yr old male suffered head injuries from an exploding firework in the Porter area. Montgomery […]

Wildfire destroys mobile homes in California retirement park

BC-US–California Wildfires,13th Ld-Writethru Dec 07, 2017 10:46PM (GMT 04:46) – 1048 words By ELIOT SPAGAT and AMANDA LEE MYERS ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with one more burn victim, other details. Links new photos. AP Video. With AP Photos. FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California […]

California wind, and fire danger, hits unprecedented high

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high” into the color that means “extreme.” “The forecast for […]