{FD} Ghost Ship defendants will stand trial in deadly Oakland warehouse fire, judge rules

Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday.

{FD} 2 will go to trial over 36 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire

Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday.

{FD} Firefighter dies battling California’s 4th largest fire in history, officials say

A firefighter was killed battling a massive blaze northwest of Los Angeles that is now considered to be California’s fourth largest wildfire in the state’s history, fire officials announced Thursday.

{FD} California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.

{FD} The Latest: Officers saved by bulletproof vests released

The Latest on the shooting of two St. Louis-area police officers saved by their bulletproof vests (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Two suburban St. Louis police officers who were shot in their chests but saved by their bulletproof vests have been released from a hospital.

{FD} South Dakota wildfire containment lines hold overnight

A Custer State Park official says a western South Dakota wildfire hasn’t spread past fire containment lines overnight.

{FD} Colossal Thomas Fire now 4th largest in California history

The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames.

{FD} The Latest: Fire crews make progress ahead of wind increase

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 a.m.

{FD} Lines cut around a third of still-powerful California blaze

Fire lines have been established around nearly a third of one of the largest wildfires in California history, but danger remains.

{FD} Los Angeles Fire Dept. dispatches drones for the first time in wildfire fight

The Los Angeles Fire Department now has an eye in the sky to help monitor the flames tearing through parts of southern California, officials said.

{FD} Fire captain: Ghost Ship defendant said no one lived there

A fire department captain says one of the men charged in a warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people told him no one lived in the building.

{FD} Deputy sheriff’s 2 young sons die in Pennsylvania house fire

Two young songs of a deputy sheriff for Montgomery County, Pa., were killed by a Wednesday morning house fire, according to authorities.

{FD} Man accused of burning Phoenix suburb’s $40K Christmas tree

Police in the city of Mesa near Phoenix say a man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage for allegedly burning the city’s $40,000 Christmas tree.

{FD} Police investigate 3 dozen dogs killed in 2 fires at kennel

Police in a New Hampshire town are investigating the death of three dozen dogs killed in two separate fires at the same kennel.

{FD} The Latest: Custer park fire grows dramatically overnight

The Latest on a wildfire at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills (all times local): 11:20 a.m.

{FD} The Latest: Crews gain on California fire but threat remains

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 a.m.

{FD} South Dakota wildfire grows beyond Custer State Park borders

Strong winds are fanning the flames of a growing wildfire in South Dakota, pushing the fire beyond the borders of the Custer State Park and prompting new evacuations.

{FD} Days of toil bring hard-won gains over huge California fire

Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history.

{FD} California fire in Bel-Air traced to illegal cooking at homeless camp, officials say

An illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire in Bel-Air last week, authorities said Tuesday.

{FD} Crews struggle to keep wildfire flames from coastal California neighborhoods

The fifth largest wildfire in California history is expanding — into an area of California that has remained in at least moderate drought, even after last winter’s powerful rains and heavy mountain snowfall eliminated drought symptoms in much of the rest of the state.