Wildfire forces evacuations in northern California

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 have been ordered. The National Weather Service says winds around […]

Brief Capitol evacuation as small plane reported in airspace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated Tuesday over a report of a possible aircraft in restricted airspace. The evacuations were ordered as a precaution and lasted about 45 minutes. The U.S. Secret Service said personnel at the White House were told to remain in place during that time. […]

Brief evacuation at Capitol over small plane

The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated amid concerns about a small aircraft in the area. Officials say the plane violated airspace rules in the restricted area on Tuesday.

The Latest: Evacuations, historic winds in California fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evacuation orders have expanded to the parts of Santa Rosa as firefighters struggle to beat back a wind-driven wildfire that started in Northern California’s wine country four days ago. Authorities issued the order early Sunday as historic winds fueled the fire overnight and prompted the state’s largest utility company to shut […]

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos from Iraq, Iran

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers from Iraq and Iran and is sending a coast guard vessel to the Middle East to ferry its citizens to safety in case hostilities between the United States and Iran worsen, officials said Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs in […]

Marriage-proposal fireworks cause panic, theater evacuation

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A man who set off fireworks near a movie theater as his friend made a marriage proposal created panic among moviegoers who mistook the fireworks for gunshots, leading to 911 calls and an evacuation, authorities said. Howell Township police responded to the Xscape Theater around 6 p.m. Wednesday and soon learned […]

Powerful typhoon nears Philippines, forcing evacuations

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon drew closer to the Philippines on Monday, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee to safety, knocking out power in entire provinces and prompting authorities to plan the closure of Manila’s international airport. Typhoon Kammuri was forecast to slam into the country’s eastern coast Monday night to […]

Evacuation orders ended as rain douses California wildfire

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A strong storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, almost completely dousing a wildfire that had threatened thousands of homes but briefly raising the threat of debris flows from barren slopes. Residents in and below the fire area on the south Santa Barbara County coast were issued a warning late Tuesday […]

Australian wildfires destroy homes and force evacuations

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia’s drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, some for the second time in a week. The most intense fires were concentrated in the northeastern states of New South Wales and Queensland, although a fire […]

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