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Breaking News!!: Essex, CA: Bridge washed out and truck crash along National Trails Highway.

Breaking News!!: Essex, CA: Bridge washed out and truck crash along National Trails Highway.

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that a bridge has washed out along National Trails Highway, also known as Route 66, near Danby Road near Essex, California.

National Trails Highway is reportedly closed from Kelbaker Road near Amboy, California to Interstate 40 near Fenner, California due to the bridge being washed out from storms.

Alternate route around Route 66 closure is Interstate 40.

Pictures posted on the California Highway Patrol Needles Facebook page show the damage to the bridge along the famous highway known as Route 66.

California Highway Patrol also tells ZachNews that a truck tried to get by the washed out bridge, but wasn’t able to and landed on the ground before being fully engulfed.

At least 2 people were able to get out of the truck.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 9:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017: ****

No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

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The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

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Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

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A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

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The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

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The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

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Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

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Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

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**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****

​Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Brush fire burning near the Colorado River.

Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Brush fire burning near the Colorado River.

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

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The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Flames were seen from across the Colorado River where boaters watch the flames and smoke.

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The dark smoke can be seen from Needles, California.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 100 acres, no structures or neighborhoods threatened.

At this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

Brush fire has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the brush fire area overnight.

The cause of the brush fire is unknown.

The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story. ****

** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. **

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Residential structure fire on the 2000 block of Rio Vista.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Residential structure fire on the 2000 block of Rio Vista.

A residential structure fire is happening on the 2000 block of Rio Vista, just west of Coronado Street, in Needles, California.

The fire was reported before 3:00pm PT on Monday, July 3rd, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed to the scene and captured on camera the residential structure fire on Facebook Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department is on scene and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has Rio Vista and Coronado Street closed.

A white house with a blue roof is totally on fire and fire damage to a boat in the driveway as well as fire damage to the next door house.

Loud popping sounds were heard outside sending people watching the house fire moving back.

Unknown if anybody was inside at the moment the fire started and unknown what caused the fire.

At this moment, no reports on anybody being injured in the house fire.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: Shooting at a United Parcel Service facility.

Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: Shooting at a United Parcel Service facility.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, 3 people have been killed and 2 people were injured after a shooting at a United Parcel Service (U.P.S.) facility in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

According to San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, officers responded to calls about the shooting at 8:55am PT and found a suspect armed with an assault pistol.

Officers with the San Francisco Police Department found wounded victims inside the building and brought them to safety.

According to San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, when they found the gunman, he put the weapon to his head and shot himself.

“He saw police and turned the gun on himself,” said San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin adding that the shooting is not related to terrorism.

The San Francisco Police Department confirms the shooter’s identify as Jimmy Lam, a resident from San Francisco, California, and recovered 2 firearms at the scene, including a semi-automatic handgun.

United Parcel Service has confirmed that the shooter was an employee and San Francisco Police Department confirms he was wearing a United Parcel Service uniform.

San Francisco Police Department are going through the building, making sure there aren’t any other accomplices, but San Francisco Police Department said the building is secure and the shelter-in-place has been lifted.

San Francisco Police Department has been set up a tipline for any information at: 1 (415) 575-4444 and the American Red Cross has set up sites at 500 San Bruno Ave and Cordon Bleu School at 100 Kansas St for victims’ families.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the shooting at a United Parcel Service facility. **

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Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover.

The shooting occurred at around 7:00am ET during baseball practice for an annual bipartisan charity baseball game.

Republicans were practicing for the annual baseball game against Democrats that has been held since 1909.

Witnesses reported hearing at least 50 gunshots were fired.

Sen. Rand Paul describes the scene at the baseball practice to MSNBC where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot.

Witnesses said the Republican lawmaker was standing at second base when he was hit in the left hip.

After dragging himself to safety and getting help from his colleagues amid the chaos, Scalise was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Scalise underwent surgery and was in stable condition, his office said.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.” the office for Scalise said in a statement.

The 51 year old Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008.

United States of America President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House about the shooting.

“Everyone on that field is a public servant. Their sacrifice makes democracy possible,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

United States of America President Donald Trump later said, “Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend, he’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault and Steve I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

United States of America President Donald Trump is calling for unity, saying we are strongest when we work together for the common good.

“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because above all they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family… I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, to show the world, that we are one House, the people’s House, united in our humanity. It is that humanity which will win the day and it always will.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said of Rep. Scalise, “For this person to take this action was so cowardly. It seems particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together… that this assault would be made. But we cannot let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone who would think that way… We will use this occasion as one that brings us together and not separates us further.”

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot during the shooting, but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

The assailant, prepared with a lot of ammo, fought a gun battle with authorities before the attacker was shot and later died.

Authorities are saying that this was an isolated incident and there is no additional threat.

Law enforcement and government officials identified the shooter as 66 year old James. T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois.

The law enforcement officials said the shooter was heard asking, “Are these the Republicans or the Democrats?”, raising questions about the gunman’s political motivations, but law enforcement officials at the scene said that piece of the investigation remains unclear.

According to public records, James. T. Hodgkinson, a licensed home inspector who ran his business out of his Illinois home, has a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting a woman.

At the time, authorities recovered a pocket knife, hair they say was pulled out of the woman’s head, and a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene of the alleged attack.

According to public records, the charges, domestic battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and battery, were later dismissed.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that 2 firearms, a rifle and a handgun, were recovered from the scene.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims of the shooting and hoping that everybody will recover soon. **

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Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

A massive fire occurred at the Grenfell Tower, a 24 story apartment building in West London, England at 1:00am (London Time) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

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At least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters to battle the massive fire.

The massive fire has killed 30 people, injured 74 people, and reports that at least 58 people are reported missing.

Reports that people were seen throwing children and babies from windows.

Met Police’s Stuart Cundy said the death toll will rise, adding: “I don’t think any more survivors will be found.”

According to the London Ambulance Service, 30 patients where taken to 5 hospitals and more than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

“We wake up early sometimes anyway in the night, and one of my relatives saw the flames from the window and heard the people screaming. It just started to burn across from one side to the other, and we saw apartment after apartment getting lit up into flames,” resident Ousama Itani told NBC News.

Evacuated residents are saying that there were no fire alarms going off during the fire and that they could hear residents screaming for help.

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London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter says firefighters have been to the top floor of the 24 story building, but were hampered by a fractured gas main.

London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter added that the integrity of the tower is a significant issue and firefighters will be on scene for some time.

The cause of the massive fire in not yet been determined.

Residents of the apartment tower are very angry that lives were put in danger and warnings of the risk from fire were known before the massive fire broke out.

The tower block was built in 1974, as social housing by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, and building regulations have since changed.

Floor plans of the 24 story building show there was only one staircase on the residential floors.

The council still owns the building but it has been managed since the 1990s by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association.

A major refurbishment of the estate, which cost £10 million, took 2 years to finish and was completed in 2016.

The work included installing insulated exterior cladding, including rain screen cladding and a curtain wall facade, and new windows.

The refurbishment was part of a wider £67 million development, funded by the council and carried out by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association and Rydon, a construction company.

Residents of the apartment tower had expressed concerns about the safety of the building “over several years”.

“I raised 19 complaints on behalf of the residents with the TMO. Lots of them were about the safety of the building and what would happen if there was a major fire,” said Judith Blakeman telling Sky News.

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation issued a statement on the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower saying, “We wish to repeat our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected as a result of this devastating event at Grenfell Tower. We also wish to pay tribute to the bravery of the emergency services and to those members of the public who continue to selflessly do all they can to assist. The events of last night and early this morning are a tragedy. KCTMO, in conjunction with RBKC and others, is doing everything it can to assist the residents of Grenfell Tower and those affected by the tragedy. This will remain our immediate concern and focus. It is too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread. We will co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities in order to ascertain the cause of this tragedy. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents. We always take all concerns seriously and these will form part of our forthcoming investigations. While these investigations continue with our co-operation, our core priority at the moment is our residents.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, “There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”

Rest centers for displaced residents have been opened at Rugby Portobello Trust (Walmer Road, W11 4EY), St. Clement Church (Treadgold Street, W11 4BP) and Westway Sports Center (Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP).

According to the London’s Metropolitan Police Service, an emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower to please call Casualty Bureau at: 0800-0961-233.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower. **

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