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Cars swept downriver in New Jersey flash flood

Nearly a dozen cars were swept away from an automobile dealership and floated down a river as a flash flood hit northern New Jersey on Saturday, NJ.com reported.

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The Peckman River in Passaic County was overtaken by floodwaters after slightly under 5 inches of rain fell in Caldwell, NJ.com reported.

In a video posted to Facebook, taken from an overpass, cars can be seen floating down the river. They were lifted away from the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership in Little Falls, WABC reported. Some of the vehicles’ sticker prices were still available on windshields, NJ.com reported.

Daniel Perrotta, whose car was being serviced at the dealership, told WABC that he immediately went to check on the vehicle.

"The only thing I can hope for is God let my vehicle still be up on the lift. If not, then it's a total loss," Perrotta told the television station.

Storms were causing flight delays at New York’s three major airports, WCBS reported.

9 dead, thousands of acres burned in California wildfires 

A wildfire raging across Northern California has killed six people, including two firefighters and three family members, and burned more than 110,000 acres since July 23, according to state fire officials.

Officials said three other people have been killed, bringing the death toll in the state to nine.

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>> Photos: Carr Fire burns in Northern California 

Update 1:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 5: A crew member for a California utility company was killed in a vehicle accident Saturday night while working in a wilderness accident near Redding, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

The crew member, Jarius Ayeta, 21, was an apprentice lineman for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the newspaper reported.

“Crews in a remote area with dangerous terrain were performing (power) restoration work when a crew member suffered an accident and a fatal injury in western Shasta County,” PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said Sunday morning.

Update 10:50 a.m. EDT July 31: Firefighters said the Carr Fire had burned 115,500 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties by Wednesday morning as authorities continued working to tamp down the blaze. 

Officials said the fire, which has claimed six lives, was 35 percent contained as of 7 a.m. local time.

>> SEE: Firenado in Northern California swirls dangerously close to emergency responders 

In Mariposa County, the deadly Ferguson Fire was 39 percent contained Wednesday morning. It has burned nearly 62,900 acres, officials said.

Update 9:15 p.m. EDT July 31: Two more deaths have been reported in another California wildfire, the Ferguson Fire, which is burning in Mariposa County south of the Carr Fire, according to news reports.

Also Tuesday, authorities said 16 of 20 missing people in the Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties in Northern California have been found alive.

Four people are still missing, according to KGTV.

More than 1,200 homes, businesses and other buildings have been destroyed in the Carr fire, which is just under 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Blazing heat and scorching temperatures are making it difficult to battle more than a dozen fires raging across the state.

The large blazes are creating their own weather systems, complicating firefighting efforts even more.

Update 11:30 a.m. EDT July 31: The Carr Fire scorched more than 110,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties by Tuesday morning. Officials said in an update issued around 7 a.m. local time that the blaze was 27 percent contained.

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The fire is believed to be the ninth most destructive in state history.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT July 31: About 10,000 homes in Northern California are threatened by twin wildfires across Mendocino and Lake counties, according to The Associated Press.

Seven homes were burned Monday night, about 100 miles below the Carr Fire.

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT July 31: Fire officials said Monday night that the deadly Carr Fire has burned more than 103,000 acres of land. The blaze is 23 percent contained. 

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The fire is expected to grow, bolstered by heavy winds, the hot and dry weather, flames reaching fresh fuel that has yet to be burned and steep terrain, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More than 1,300 buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the flames, including more than 950 homes.

Update 8:00 p.m EDT July 30: In addition to the six people who have lost their lives in the deadly Carr Fire since it started a week ago, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a local newspaper Monday that 19 people are missing, up from seven early Monday.

Some evacuations orders were lifted Monday afternoon in parts of Shasta County as dozens of firefighters continued battling the the out-of-control blaze in triple-digit temperatures reaching as high as 113 degrees.

Despite the horrific conditions, Cal Fire Incident Commander Bret Gouvea told The Associated Press he thinks firefighters are slowly gaining the upper hand against the blazing inferno.

>> 2 children, great-grandmother found dead in California fire

“We’re feeling a lot more optimistic today as we are starting to gain some ground rather than be in the defensive mode all the time,” Gouvea said. 

Update 12:45 p.m. EDT July 30: Evacuation orders have been lifted for parts of Northern California threatened by the raging Carr Fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The unified commanders of California Incident Management Team 4 and the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will hold a briefing Monday to honor Capt. Brian Hughes, one of the firefighters killed as efforts to contain the blaze continue.

Update 10:40 a.m. EDT July 30: The deadly Carr Fire has scorched more than 98,000 acres of land, up 3,000 acres from the number reported Sunday night, firefighters said in an update issued around 7 a.m. local time Monday.

The fire, which has claimed at least six lives, was 20 percent contained Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More than 880 homes have been destroyed or damaged, fire officials said. More than 250 other buildings have also been damaged or destroyed.

Authorities continued Monday to work toward containing the blaze.

Update 8:50 a.m. EDT July 30: The deadly Carr Fire in Shasta County has grown to cover more than 95,000 acres with 17 percent containment by Sunday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Flames have destroyed more than 650 homes and damaged 145 others, officials said. Hundreds of other building have also been destroyed or damaged. Authorities continue working to assess damage and control the blaze.

Update 7:25 p.m. EDT July 29: A sixth person has died in the Carr Fire which has destroyed more than 500 buildings and burned about 139 square miles. 

The victim, who has not been identified, did not evacuate despite warnings, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Besenko told The Associated Press.

Update 11:36 a.m. EDT July 29: In Trinity County, the small community of Lewiston was evacuated late Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

“It is crazy to think that just a few days ago the south side of (Highway) 299 was practically untouched,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hickson said in a Facebook Live post early Sunday. “Now driving up it is glowing bright red on both sides of 299.”

Temperatures in Redding were expected to drop slightly Sunday, with a high of 106 degrees forecasted. Winds are expected to blow between 3 mph to 9 mph, the Bee reported.

>> 2 children, great-grandmother found dead in California fire

The death toll remains at five, including Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5 and Emily Roberts, 4, according to KDRV.  Also killed were Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke, 37, and private bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith, 81, according to the Bee.

Update 5:25 p.m. EDT July 28:  The bodies of the children and their great-grandmother were found in the rubble of a burned home Saturday, KDRV reported

The victims were Melody Bledsoe, 70, James Roberts, 5 and Emily Roberts, 4, according to KDRV

Update 3:45 p.m. EDT July 27: Three Marin County firefighters who were injured Thursday while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta County have been treated for their injuries and released from a hospital, officials said.

The firefighters were treated for burns to their ears, face and hands at Mercy Medical Center Redding, according to authorities. One of the firefighters was being further evaluated Friday at the UC Davis Burn Center.

The trio was injured by a “sudden blast of heat from vegetation adjacent to a structure,” Marin County fire officials said in a news release. 

The injured firefighters were identified as engineer Scott Pederson, 39, a 19-year veteran of the department; firefighter Tyler Barnes, 34, who has been with the department for four years and firefighter Brian Cardoza, 26, who joined the Marin County Fire Department three months ago.

Two other firefighters have died as authorities continued Friday to battle the blaze.

“At this time, we are focusing on the health of our firefighters and ensuring peer support is in place for the members of our strike team,” Marin County fire Chief Jason Weber said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two firefighters that lost their lives yesterday battling the same fire.”

Update 2 p.m. EDT July 27: Officials with Mercy Medical Center Redding said eight people have been treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained in the Carr Fire.

Mercy Medical Center spokesman Mike Mangas said the patients included three firefighters. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Mangas said.

At least two people have been killed as flames continued to burn Friday in Shasta County

Update 11:15 a.m. EDT July 27: The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a Redding firefighter has died while battling the blaze in Shasta County, raising the death toll to two.

The fire has continued to grow amid triple-digit temperatures and heavy winds in the region, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

“These firefighters, they’re going for the attack and then they get beat back up by the erratic fire,” Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told the Chronicle. “It’s just intense.”

The Redding firefighter was not immediately identified. Earlier, authorities said a contract firefighter who was operating a bulldozer was killed while battling the flames.

Original report: A contract firefighter operating a bulldozer was killed and three others were injured Thursday night as a rapidly moving wildfire in northern California continued to rage, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County swept over the Sacramento River and into the city of Redding, prompting officials to order evacuations, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The fire began Monday afternoon after a vehicle malfunction, according to Cal Fire.

“The fire has burned into the west side of Redding,” Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the newspaper late Thursday. “Structures are burning.

“The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can. There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters.”

The California Highway Patrol told residents in the western parts of Redding to “get out now,” the Chronicle reported.

“The Carr Fire continues to burn at a rapid rate with erratic fire behavior,” Cal Fire said in a statement.

At 2:30 a.m., Cal Fire ordered additional evacuations for Shasta Lake City, Summit City, the Shasta Dam Visitor Center and all of Shasta Dam Boulevard, the Bee reported.

Meanwhile, Amtrak train service between Sacramento and Oregon was suspended due to the fire, the Bee reported.

Officials decided Friday morning to stop service for the Coast Starlight train, which operates daily from Los Angeles to Seattle, the newspaper reported.

“Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day,” Amtrak said in a statement.

KCRC in Redding was broadcasting live when station employees were forced to evacuate while on the air, according to The Associated Press.

On Thursday, firefighters tried to contain the blaze but flames kept jumping over their lines, McLean said.

“It’s just a heck of a fight," McLean said. "They're doing what they can do and they get pushed out in a lot of cases. We're fighting the fight right now."

Cal Fire confirmed that a private bulldozer operator was killed but provided no other information, the Bee reported.

“We can confirm that we had additional firefighters and civilian injuries,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said Thursday night. “This fire is making a significant push into the northwest area of Redding.

“This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path.”

The blaze began Monday afternoon near Whiskeytown in Shasta County, KCRA reported. The fire has burned 28,763 acres, the television station reported.

California wildfires force thousands to evacuate: Live updates

Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Photos: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations

Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses, and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

California wildfires halt film production, threaten famed Getty Museum

The California wildfires that have forced massive residential evacuations have forced a temporary halt to some filming activity and loom ominously close to one of the state’s most famed cultural institutions, as well.

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“All filming activity scheduled to take place in Mountain Fire Zone Areas has been suspended,” industry group FilmLA said, citing notification from the Los Angeles Fire Department. That’s scheduled to last through Dec. 10. FilmLA is also telling production outfits it’ll be unable to accept permit applications for filming in the Angeles National Forest until Dec. 15.

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A commuter driving in the affected area posted this harrowing clip:

“Production of 'S.W.A.T.' has been suspended for the day due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages,” the CBS show announced via Twitter. “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”

HBO said in a statement it is pausing work on “Westworld” due to the fires, and the Getty Museum has closed as precaution.

>> Chelsea Handler evacuates, blames Trump for California wildfires

“The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway,” the museum said via Twitter. “Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke. We continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as we have them.”

Actress Morgan Fairchild posted a photo of smoke billowing near Universal Studios:

The blazes have forced 200,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 200 homes. FEMA urges residents to prepare in advance in case they need to leave quickly.

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Chelsea Handler evacuates, blames Trump for California wildfires

Television personality Chelsea Handler, among the thousands forced to evacuate due to the raging California wildfires, called out President Donald Trump in a controversial tweet about the blaze Wednesday. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively,” she wrote.

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The infernos have caused filming to halt temporarily and threaten the famed Getty Museum.

Handler’s antipathy for Trump often fuels her busy Twitter feed.

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“We have got to get rid of Trump,” she posted on Nov. 22. “He is incapable of honesty or goodwill. He cares about no one. We must stay the course and not let up.”

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She also speaks out on national events with frequency.

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“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in [sic] killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans,” she posted on Nov. 5, after a gunman opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Photos: Bali volcano Mount Agung prompts mass evacuation

Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people Monday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali.

Photos: Powerful Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Photos: Powerful Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

New earthquake simulations show how the 'big one' could shake the Pacific Northwest

Fifty new simulations of "the big one” show how a magnitude 9.0 earthquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone could play out.

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The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a fault that sits along the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and two plates colliding could eventually slip, triggering a massive earthquake that could shake the Northwest

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>> 5 things to help you easily understand 'the big one' 

A University of Washington research project ran simulations using different combinations for three key factors: the epicenter of the earthquake, how far inland the earthquake will rupture and which sections of the fault will generate the strongest shaking.

The results show that the location at which the earthquake starts matters most, and the scenarios can drastically change depending on where the earthquake hits. 

One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, in which an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north, with seismic waves building up along the way. By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

But make no mistake, the magnitude 9.0 scenarios are bad, and models show the ground shaking for 100 seconds. That’s four times longer than it shook during the 2001 Nisqually quake, which, at magnitude 6.8, did plenty of damage and rattled many nerves.

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"We know a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in Cascadia in the year 1700, but we didn't have any seismometers or recording instruments at the time," said Erin Wirth, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington.

Wirth said scenarios show the level of shaking could be 10 times different depending on where the earthquake begins and the direction in which the fault line ruptures.

Past models have looked at one or two scenarios, but this is the first study with 50 scenarios. The point is to show the wide range of possibilities of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The next steps for researchers is to take this information and model the impacts on tsunamis, landslides and tall buildings in Seattle.

They hope that information will help planners and emergency managers prepare for "the big one."

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