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Several wildfires blacken dry California's golden hills

Wildfires blacken California's golden hills, destroy homes and force hundreds of evacuations
Jeff Chiu And Haven Daley, The Associated Press

LOWER LAKE, Calif. - Wildfires blackening the golden hills of California grew deadly Friday, killing a firefighter on the far northern end of the state while triggering the evacuations of hundreds of people elsewhere.

The flames, which consumed a handful of homes and threatened hundreds of other structures, prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for all of California on Friday.

Several blazes thrust Northern California into fire season

California Guard joins fight as several blazes thrust Northern California into wildfire season
The Associated Press

LOWER LAKE, Calif. - Triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds thrust Northern California into full-fledged wildfire season Thursday with several new blazes flaring up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.

California's 14 large fires, mostly in the scorched northern half of the state, are pushing 7,000 firefighters to their limits as they battle flames amid drought, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection.

Northern California wildfire jumps line, forces evacuations

Wind gusts push Northern California wildfire over enforcement line, forcing evacuations
Scott Smith, The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. - More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state.

The week-old fire was given a burst of energy by rising temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A smoke plume was visible for miles.

Ga. Judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M

Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M, rejects plea for new trial
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

DETROIT - A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.

Decatur County Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason also denied Fiat Chrysler's motion for a new trial, dismissing arguments that jurors acted irrationally in the case.

Fire at furniture factory in Egypt kills 25 people

Fire at furniture factory east of Cairo kills 25 people, injures 22, says health ministry
Merrit Kennedy, The Associated Press

CAIRO - A fire that erupted at a furniture factory east of Cairo on Tuesday killed 25 people and injured 22, Egypt's Health Ministry said.

According to a security official, a preliminary investigation indicated that the blaze started when a gas cylinder exploded as it was transported in an elevator. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

Paris police open fire on car trying to crash through Tour de France barricades
The Associated Press

PARIS - Paris police officers opened fire on a car that tried to crash through barricades hours before the final arrival of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, a police official said.

The car escaped with its two occupants apparently unharmed after coming under fire in the Place de la Concorde, where the cyclists make their final triumphant rounds to conclude the race, said Luc Poignant, a spokesman with the SGP police union.

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