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    LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian president’s office says evacuations from an area where Russia announced a cease-fire have halted. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)The heavy winds that have been fanning the Alisal Fire -- which already closed part of Highway 101 and Amtrak railways in Santa Barbara County, California -- are likely to continue through early Thursday morning, possibly hindering progress and triggering power outages. Californias Alisal Fire has prompted evacuations, road and Amtrak closures. And the heavy winds are making it hard to tame"When the winds are strong and they shift, it isn't good for firefighters. And that will continue to take place into the weekend," CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said. The fire has grown to 15,442 acres since it sparked Monday about 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in Refugio Canyon, according to InciWeb. The fire has prompted local officials to issue evacuation orders and caution residents about poor air quality caused by the smoke. While crews have been able to reach the upper end of the fire, other parts have been inaccessible, Matt Ferris, deputy incident commander with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said Wednesday during a news conference. Containment remained at 5% Wednesday. "We are unable to drop...
    Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore praised President Joe Biden for keeping his word and withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, despite how "crazy" the mission became. "I think that I’m so proud of President Biden — who I did not vote for in the Michigan primary; I voted for and I worked for Bernie Sanders — and I have been completely surprised and feeling we’re all blessed to have Joe Biden in the White House in these last months," Moore said Tuesday on "The Beat with Ari Melber." Moore, a committed Democratic socialist, added that Biden kept his word to end the war, unlike other Democrats who he said would back down and cave to the "right wing." DON LEMON: ‘STOP BEATING UP’ ON BIDEN ADMIN OVER AFGHANISTAN, ‘WE DON’T KNOW' IF WE LEFT AMERICANS BEHIND The evacuation efforts out of Afghanistan turned tragic last month after Afghans were captured clinging to U.S. military planes, some plunging to their deaths. A suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport last Thursday then claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and over 100...
    Longtime antiwar activist and filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on The Beat Tuesday to look back on 20 years of war in Afghanistan, which ended on Monday. “No points for being right, really,” a somber Moore told MSNBC’s Ari Melber. “Because if anything I feel like, what could I have done better 20 years ago or 18 years ago when we invaded Iraq to communicate to the public that we were making a horrific mistake that would cost us thousands of Americans lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan lives?” He added, “There’s no celebration today.” Moore said despite the fact that he voted for Bernie Sanders in his state’s primary, he’s nonetheless “proud” of President Joe Biden for refusing to bow to pressure to stay in Afghanistan longer. “I have been completely surprised and feeling that we’re all blessed to have Joe Biden in the White House in these last months,” said the filmmaker. “Not just in standing bravely and never walking it back like a politician and especially a Democratic politician would. They would get afraid of...
    President Joe Biden spoke Tuesday afternoon in defense of the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, particularly the criticism that his administration should have begun those evacuations much sooner. The last U.S. troops left Afghanistan roughly 24 hours before the president spoke, marking the end of the 20-year war. Thousands of Americans and U.S. allies were evacuated over the past few weeks, but the president and top military leaders have acknowledged that were are up to 200 Americans still there. He commended the service of the U.S. service members who helped evacuations, particularly the 13 who were killed in an attack at the Kabul airport. Biden defended the progress the U.S. made and said his administration is committed to getting out everyone else who wants to leave. At one point during his speech, the president stated, “I take responsibility for the decision.” He went on to defend not starting evacuations sooner, amid the serious weeks-long outcry that his administration waited too long: Now some say we should have started mass evacuations sooner, and couldn’t this have been done in a more orderly...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace directly confronted White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday over whether the United States really thinks it has leverage over the Taliban to get more people evacuated even after the August 31st deadline. Last week Secretary of State Antony Blinken said of the continued evacuations, “There is no deadline on our work to help any remaining American citizens who decide they want to leave to do so, along with the many of Afghans who have stood by us over these many years and have wanted to leave and have been unable to do so. That effort will continue every day past August 31st.” Some U.S. officials have talked about the U.S. having “leverage” with the Taliban to ensure that after the 8/31 deadline. Sullivan told Wallace that beyond Tuesday, people “are not going to be stuck in Afghanistan.” “We are going to ensure that we have a mechanism to get them out of the country should they choose in the future to come home. The Taliban had made commitments to us in that regard....
    Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton criticized the Biden administration's Afghanistan strategy, saying, "We don't have a plan," with respect to current or future evacuations of U.S. citizens and others from the Taliban-controlled nation. The Marine Corps veteran, who just returned from an unauthorized trip to Kabul, praised the initiative of forces for making up for the lack of planning, arguing successful extractions were carried out without any real help from Washington. "We don't have a plan," Moulton said Friday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Everything that's happening right now, these extraordinary numbers of people that we're bringing out, it's because of these heroic efforts by our troops and our State Department diplomats, young consulate officers trying to sort through immigration paperwork. It's because of their heroism on the ground we're saving so many people, not because anyone in Washington gave them a plan." WITHDRAWAL MEANS WASHINGTON MUST FIND NEW WAYS TO MONITOR TERROR THREAT FROM AFGHANISTAN: EXPERTS Moulton, along with Army veteran and Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, made a secret trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday during...
    President Joe Biden spoke Sunday afternoon on tropical storm Henri and the continued evacuations of Americans and U.S. allies in Afghanistan. With thousands of people still in Kabul who need to be evacuated, the president said this weekend they’ve evacuated 11,000 people. “Our first priority is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible,” he said. The president said the United States is executing a plan to get Americans in other parts of the country to the airport for evacuation. One thing Biden addressed was the chaos and many disturbing scenes in Kabul over the past week since the Taliban took over. The evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is going to be hard and painful, no matter when it started, when we began. It would have been true if we started a month ago. Or a month from now. There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss of heartbreaking images you see on television. It’s just a fact. My heart aches for those people you see. We...
    CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr confronted Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Wednesday over the urgent need to evacuate American citizens and U.S. allies around the country. During the Pentagon press briefing, Starr noted how “there are Americans clearly all over Kabul, there may be Americans in other parts of the country.” “How can the U.S., the Pentagon, live up to that task of evacuating all Americans? Because we continue to see the violence just outside the airport, and how would you get them from around the country unless you go get them?” she asked. Milley responded by saying the State Department is working with the Taliban “to facilitate safe passage of American citizens” to the airport. “We have capability do other things if necessary.” “Can I ask you what that means?” Starr followed up. “Because you also said there were international special forces there that have the capability to extract. And those words suggest very clearly in the military realm you would go get people.” “That would be a policy decision and if directed we have capabilities...
    (CNN)A wildfire in California is growing by thousands of acres while one in Utah has forced thousands of residents from their homes -- and crews say there is much more work to be done before the flames are under control.In Utah, fire officials reported "great progress" on the Parleys Canyon Fire Sunday but several communities near Salt Lake City remain under evacuation. "Fire is now 10% contained. Moderate fire behavior was observed today, and aircraft supported firefighters throughout the day," officials said on Twitter Sunday. The flames have burned 619 acres since the fire began Saturday, official said.In California, the Dixie Fire, the nation's largest active fire and the second largest fire in state history, grew to 570,211 acres Sunday and is only 31% contained, according to InciWeb, the US clearinghouse for wildfire information. Utah wildfire forces thousands of homes to evacuate as the nations largest fire in California ragesAcross the country, 12 states are fighting 97 large fires or complexes, which have burned a total of 2,104,669 acres. As of Sunday, 33 Incident Management Teams and more than 25,000...
    PG&E’s equipment may have helped to spark the Fly Fire, a fast-growing blaze that quickly merged with the state’s largest of the season about two weeks ago in Plumas County, the utility told regulators Monday night. Sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. on July 22, a PG&E distribution line serving the Butterfly Valley Twain Road and Highway 70 area “reported alarms and other activity” when a portion of it was de-energized, the utility said in a new report to the California Public Utilities Commission. Wildfire cameras first showed smoke emerging from the area about an hour later. Over the next two days, the Fly Fire ballooned to about 4,300 acres — at which point fire officials deemed it part of the much-larger Dixie Fire. That fire has now charred nearly 250,000 acres in three counties. Utility workers and the U.S. Forest Service removed a tree that was resting on the distribution line’s circuit on Monday, though the reason for the lag time was not clear from the report. When asked to explain the circumstances of that inspection and whether any...
    Scofflaws setting off backyard fireworks have started a wildfire that is burning near the city of Lehi, Utah, forcing some residents to evacuate, KUTV reported. Just before midnight Saturday night, an individual allegedly illegally launched consumer-grade fireworks. Unfortunately, the grass was already dry, and when embers landed on the ground the grass caught on fire. Making matters worse, dry winds fed the conflagration and spread it further. “Due to the dry grasses and a wind event that was happening at that time, we just had rapid fire,” said Lehi City Fire Chief Jeremy Craft. By 1:00 a.m. local time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Time) Sunday morning, the fire had spread to 100-200 acres. By 7:30 a.m. Sunday, it had spread to over a thousand acres. Officials then issued evacuation orders, using “reverse 911” (a system by which users receive automated calls from a central dispatching clearinghouse) and social media. At least 40 people were ordered out of their homes, according to a companion KUTV report, and the Red Cross set up a shelter at a nearby school. Meanwhile, crews have dispatched...
    Evacuations have been ordered for areas northeast of Phoenix as a raging wildfire more than doubled in size Monday, and two other large blazes continued to burn in Arizona. The Gila County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the communities of Tonto Basin and Punkin Center have been ordered to evacuate as the Bush Fire grows in Tonto National Forest. As of Tuesday morning, the blaze northeast of Phoenix was just under 47,000 acres with zero percent containment. The sheriff's office said those in areas under evacuation orders face "imminent" and "life-threatening danger." "If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further," officials said. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE NEAR PISMO BEACH QUICKLY GROWS TO 400 ACRES, EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED Officials said the communities of Jake's Corner and Sunflower have been placed on pre-evacuation status. Evacuations have been ordered northeast of Phoenix as the Bush Fire grew to just under 47,000 acres. (Tonto National Forest) Residents have been advised to pack a "go bag" with essential items due to the "significant danger"...
    LARKSPUR, Calif. (KGO) -- Police in Marin County are searching for a man in a black hoodie suspected of starting two fires in Larkspur early Saturday morning.The vegetation fires were first reported by authorities just before 7 a.m. and have prompted evacuations.One fire is burning near Holly and Hawthorne avenues and a second fire is burning in the Creekside neighborhood.Homes in "adjacent" to the areas have been evacuated, according to Central Marin Police.The person in the hoodie was spotted in the area and now police are searching for him in connection to the possible arson.Stay with ABC7 for update in this developing story
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Crews are battling a wildfire in Solano County that has burned at least 1,800 acres and prompted evacuations that have since been lifted as of Sunday at 5 p.m. QuailFire : UPDATE - Mandatory residential evacuations have been lifted. pic.twitter.com/S1APLyaywY— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) June 7, 2020CAL FIRE says the Quail Fire is burning off of Quail Canyon and Pleasant Valley Road just outside of Winters and is now 40 percent contained.The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.VIDEO: SKY7 over Quail Fire burning in Solano CountyEMBED More News VideosSKY7 flew over the wildfire burning north of Vacaville in Solano County. Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in the area on Quail Canyon Road from Pleasants Valley Road to Highway 128, according to CAL FIRE.CAL FIRE says at least 100 structures are threatened. Three structures have been destroyed, officials said Sunday.Firefighters delt with windy conditions during Saturday evening operations. Winds are expected to pick up again Sunday evening and fire crews are currently preforming tactical patrols, constructingcontainment lines, and mopping up hot spots, CAL FIRE said.Six-hundred fire...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Crews are battling a wildfire in Solano County that has burned at least 1,400 acres and prompted evacuations. #QuailFire : UPDATE#CALFIRE#CALFIRELNU pic.twitter.com/98rJu2ZQ8V— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) June 7, 2020CAL FIRE says the Quail Fire is burning off of Quail Canyon and Pleasant Valley Road just outside of Winters and is only 10 percent contained.The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.VIDEO: SKY7 over Quail Fire burning in Solano CountyEMBED More News VideosSKY7 flew over the wildfire burning north of Vacaville in Solano County. Mandatory evacuations are underway in the area on Quail Canyon Road from Pleasants Valley Road to Highway 128, according to CAL FIRE.There is a large fire in the unincorporated area of Quail Canyon Rd. Evacuations are underway in the area, including Olive School Rd. area. The Winters Community Center has been opened as an evacuation center for… https://t.co/I9oKN73Tj4— Winters Police Department (@WintersPolice) June 7, 2020CAL FIRE says at least 100 structures are threatened. Three structures have been destroyed, officials said Sunday.Six-hundred fire personnel have responded to this fire.No firefighters have been injured.Stay with...
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