A wildfire in Northern California has spread to 10,000 acres fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. The fast-moving brush fire comes as PG&E Corp. began shutting off power to 179,000 customers in 17 California counties including Sonoma County on Wednesday, as part of a second major intentional blackout this month meant to head off potential wildfires.
Power is shut off in the San Francisco Bay Area as blackouts set to affect millions of Californians begin in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric, which announced the deliberate outage, is working to prevent a repeat of a catastrophe last November in which faulty power lines it owned were determined to have sparked California's deadliest wildfire in modern history.
With a full house and people waiting outside, California's Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café on Tuesday became the first business in the United States with the license to sell food, beverages and products based on or derived from marijuana, which visitors may also smoke within the premises.
Catching waves in California: US military veterans and wounded active-duty service members experience the healing power of the ocean. Operation Surf, a nonprofit organization, specializing in courses for US veterans, holds a week of training and competition on Huntington Beach.