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Latest Summer 2008 California wildfires Stories

2008-06-29 12:00:19

By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities. Health advisories urging residents to stay indoors to limit exposure to the smoky air were issued Saturday from Bakersfield north to Redding, a distance of nearly 450 miles. Air pollution readings in the region are two to 10 times the...

2007-07-08 12:12:56

Wildfires erupted throughout the western United States as temperatures spiked and lightning struck, it was reported Sunday. In northern Nevada, lightning sparked nearly a dozen fires, burning about 55 square miles as temperatures hovered near 100 degrees Saturday, reported KTVN TV in Reno, Nev. Elko County reported the two biggest fires, with one burning 36 square miles, or 23,000 acres, along the Idaho border, said federal land management officials. A second fire closed a stretch of...

2005-12-28 00:26:48

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires on Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents. The fires, at least several of which officials blamed on children playing with fireworks, raced across a countryside parched by months of abnormally dry weather. Winds near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) whipped through the region, while temperatures rose to an unseasonably high 80 degrees Fahrenheit...

2005-12-27 19:49:34

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires on Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents. The fires, at least several of which officials blamed on children playing with fireworks, raced across a countryside parched by months of abnormally dry weather. Winds near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) whipped through the region, while temperatures rose to an unseasonably high 80 degrees Fahrenheit...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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