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Middle East wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes

BEIRUT >> Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said today.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed three people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of forests,

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Mideast wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes

BEIRUT (AP) — Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said Saturday.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.


Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed three people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of

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Mideast wildfires kill 2, force thousands to flee homes

BEIRUT — Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed two people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said Saturday.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed two people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of forests,

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New wildfires in the Napa-Sonoma wine country force nearly 70,000 to flee homes

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders involving nearly 70,000 people. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

Residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky.

The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere.

The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about 45 miles north of San Francisco came as the region nears the third anniversary of deadly wildfires that erupted in 2017, including one that killed 22 people. Just a month ago, many of those same residents were evacuated

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Wine Country fires burn homes, force evacuations from Santa Rosa to Napa Valley

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The Wine Country awoke in flames Monday as windblown wildfires closed in on the Napa Valley from the east and west and swept into Santa Rosa, forcing thousands of North Bay residents to flee their homes in an ominous flashback to the catastrophic infernos three years ago.

The Shady and Glass fires, which erupted Sunday morning and spread quickly through extremely dry grasslands, were simultaneously threatening parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. The winds also whipped up the massive North Complex Fire, threatening the Butte County town of Paradise and several other northern Sierra Nevada foothill communities devastated by the deadly Camp Fire in 2018.

Multiple homes burned overnight in the large Skyhawk neighborhood in eastern Santa Rosa as emergency workers in adjacent neighborhoods went door to door evacuating residents. The fast-moving flames jumped Highway 12 in Oakmont, forcing emergency

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‘Horrifying’ Glass Fire and Shady Fire burn homes, force evacuations



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California wine country wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes and one hospital

Wildfire flames engulfed part of California’s wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area.



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Hundreds of homes in Napa and Sonoma counties were evacuated as the Grass Fire continues to spread throughout more than 2,500 acres. As of Monday morning, the blaze was 0% contained.

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The fire started north of St. Helena, California, roughly 75 miles north of San Francisco, on Sunday morning and has been growing at a “dangerous rate of spread,” according to officials with Cal Fire. At least 2,268 structures are in the path of the fire, including a hospital, which had to evacuate 55 patients.

“For the safety of our patients and associates, Adventist Health St. Helena is temporarily suspending emergency and hospital care, and all patients will be transferred, due to the Glass Fire. Emergency contacts will be informed about their loved ones’ new hospital location,” the hospital

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Highway 96 improvements will affect Robins Air Force Base

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Improvements coming to Highway 96 in Twiggs County thanks to millions of dollars from The U.S. Department of Transportation. The project will have a direct impact on Robins Air Force Base.

Over 24,000 people head to work on Robins Air Force Base every day, so the project, which will widen parts of the highway from two lanes to four lanes, will ease access for people driving to Warner Robins.

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

Dan Rhoades with the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins says there are people coming here from all over Georgia every day. For people out in places like Cochran and Jeffersonville, these improvements will make that commute easier and

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Boston’s worsening Methadone Mile has task force prioritizing decentralization, bathrooms

The conditions on Boston’s Methadone Mile have worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the city’s task force for the crime-ridden area is hoping to decentralize recovery services, organize the response and deal with the rampant bathroom issues there.



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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 12-SATURDAY: People line the sidewalk at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard September 12, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)

“There’s more people coming in, but there’s fewer people seeking treatment,” said City Councilor Frank Baker, whose Dorchester-South End district includes most of the area in question. “We can blame a lot on COVID. Because of COVID, there are more people out of work — more people out on the street.”

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The area around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard is disparagingly known as “Methadone Mile,” due to the methadone clinics located there,

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