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When a tree fell on a power line in California, it started a wildfire.

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When a tree fell on a power line in California, it started a wildfire.
When a tree fell on a power line in California, it started a wildfire.

When a tree fell on a power line in California, it started a wildfire.

 

Last year, tree branches came into contact with Pacific Gas & Electric power lines, sparking a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed more than 200 structures, according to officials.

In the weeks after the Zogg Fire ravaged rural areas in Shasta and Tehama counties last September and October, investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confiscated PG&E equipment.

Cal Fire concluded that the Zogg Fire was caused by a pine tree touching electrical distribution lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric located north of the city of Igo after a careful and detailed investigation, according to a short news release.

Late Monday, PG&E officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cal Fire stated that the Zogg Fire investigation report has been forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

The fire broke out in Shasta County on Sept. 27, 2020, during high winds, and rapidly spread, killing four people in Igo, a town of 600 people. It later spread to Tehama County, which is nearby. Over the course of two weeks, the fire scorched more than 88 square miles (228 square kilometers) and burned 204 houses, about half of which were homes.

PG&E, the country’s largest utility, has emerged from bankruptcy following the financial fallout from several destructive wildfires caused by its utility equipment in 2017 and 2018, which killed over 100 people and damaged over 27,000 homes and other structures.

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Mets beat Rockies behind Carlos Carrasco to open DH, get clobbered in nightcap

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Mets beat Rockies behind Carlos Carrasco to open DH, get clobbered in nightcap

DENVER — The Mets returned to game action following a snowout to split a doubleheader in the Mile High City.

The Mets beat the Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field on Saturday behind 5.1 solid innings from Carlos Carrasco and an early outburst from the offense. The Mets matched their season-high three-game winning streak by taking the first game of the twin bill. But they badly lost the nightcap following volatile pitching performances in an 11-3 blowout to Colorado in Game 2.

Carrasco, in his Coors Field debut, lowered his season ERA to 3.50 after his 87-pitch effort that limited the Rockies to one run on seven hits. The veteran right-hander bounced back from his previous outing, when he allowed four earned runs on eight hits across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners. Carrasco maneuvered traffic on the basepaths in all but one inning on Saturday, but his ability to limit the damage kept the Mets in the game.

The righty said he felt the effect of the thin air during his outing. Coors Field is famously just about one mile above sea level, which makes the air density significantly less than other major-league stadiums. Carrasco said most of the pitches in his arsenal were impacted by the high-altitude ballpark, so he was relieved when the results were working in his favor.

“It’s completely different and weird,” Carrasco said. “I was out of breath over there. I was taking my time between pitches.”

Mets manager Buck Showalter said he was trying to get Carrasco to slow down his pace in between pitches to help him adjust to the air. The skipper and the rest of the Mets coaching staff warned their players before coming to Denver about the challenges of getting fatigued at Coors Field.

Trevor Williams, pitching on just three days’ rest, coughed up four earned runs in his spot start in Game 2. All four of Williams’ runs allowed came on two-run home runs to C.J. Cron in the first inning and Brian Serven in the second. Rockies catcher Serven crushed dingers off Williams and the next man out of the Mets bullpen in Adonis Medina, who stumbled badly in his fourth relief appearance of the year.

Medina surrendered five earned runs on six hits across just 1.1 innings in a seven-run sixth inning that broke the game open for the Rockies. Chasen Shreve, pitching in relief of Medina, failed to provide much of it. Shreve permitted two more runs on three hits before finally collecting two outs and ending the messy inning.

The Mets offense, after collecting 11 hits in an extra-inning win against the Cardinals on Thursday, picked up where it left off followed by their Friday snowout in Denver. Kickstarted by Starling Marte’s emotional first-inning home run, Mets hitters amassed 13 hits against three Colorado pitchers, including starting pitcher German Marquez, in Game 1 of the doubleheader at the hitter-friendly ballpark. After a long day of baseball, the Mets did not create many offensive opportunities in Game 2.

The Mets (27-15) have played 19 doubleheaders since the start of 2021. No other team has played more than 10 in that span. They have earned at least a split in all 19 of their twin bills over the last two years. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the club’s streak of 19 consecutive doubleheaders without being swept is the longest in Mets history. The Amazin’s currently lead the majors by having played five doubleheaders across just the first quarter of the 2022 season.

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Bank Holiday Alert! Banks to remain closed for 3 days in remaining half of May 2022

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Bank Holiday Alert! Banks to remain closed for 3 days in remaining half of May 2022

The fifth month of 2022, May is about to be over. We had told you that banks will remain closed for a total of 11 days in May 2022. In the remaining days of May itself, banks will be closed for a total of 3 days.

In the month of May, there are a total of four holidays under the Holiday Under Negotiable Instruments Act, while the remaining seven are weekend leaves. Bank customers can still use online banking services during bank holidays.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines clearly state that the public sector, private sector, foreign banks, cooperative banks, and regional banks in India will have to stay closed on the specified dates. RBI announced holidays for lenders under these categories – the Negotiable Instruments Act, Holiday, Real Time Gross Settlement Holiday, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

Bank holidays differ for different states of India, however, there are some days when banks are shut across India – Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), Christmas Day (December 25), among others.

List of Bank holidays in the remaining days of May 2022

May 22, 2022: Sunday 

May 28, 2022: Saturday

May 29, 2022: Sunday 

We suggest that if you have any significant bank-related work, you should complete it keeping in mind these holidays.

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Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

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Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

It was a night that was going to leave the Miami Heat at a loss, regardless of the outcome, with Jimmy Butler’s night done at halftime due to knee inflammation.

But that also is where the Heat held the line, riding the aggression of center Bam Adebayo to a harrowing 109-103 victory Saturday night over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

On the rare night when the Heat started whole, with point guard Kyle Lowry back from his hamstring strain and power forward back P.J. Tucker from a knee issue, the Heat soon had to find a way to finish in the absence of their scoring leader.

So Adebayo became their scoring leader, closing with 31 points and 10 rebounds, after scoring a combined 16 in the series’ first two games, including a key late jumper.

With Lowry providing stability in his return and Tucker aggression, the Heat rode a variety of complementary contributions on both ends, including a key late Max Strus 3-pointer, on the way to regaining homecourt advantage.

Strus added 16 points, with Lowry closing with 11 points and six assists, and Tucker 17 points and seven rebounds.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 40 points.

The series continues with Monday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 4 at TD Garden.

Five Degrees of Heat from Saturday’s game:

1. Closing time: The Heat led 39-18 at the end of the opening period, their scoring high for any quarter this postseason, pushing that lead to 26 in the second period, before taking a 62-47 lead into the intermission.

The Celtics closed within nine in the third, but the Heat advantage again was 15 going into the fourth quarter, at 87-72.

And then, suddenly, a 20-4 Celtics run trimmed the Heat lead to 93-92 with 2:40 to play.

But that’s when Strus stepped up a 3-pointer with 2:16 to play to put the Heat up 96-92, with Adebayo following with a 17-foot jumper with 1:21 to play.

Further doubt ended when Lowry snuck in to steal a Celtics inbounds pass and feed Strus for a layup that made it 103-94 with 42.5 seconds remaining, allowing the Heat to withstand a late Brown 3-pointer.

2. Always something: The rare night when the Heat started whole took a decided turn to the concerning when Butler was unable to make it out for the start of the second half due to recurring knee inflammation.

That had Victor Oladipo, who did not play in the first half, with the starters at the open of the third period.

Butler’s night ended with eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

Butler previously missed the Heat’s Game 5 closeout victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round due to inflammation in the right knee.

3. Message received: At the morning shootaround, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Adebayo, “We want him more involved.”

Message received.

Adebayo opened 5 of 6 from the field, scoring his 10th point 5:37 into the game.

Adebayo’s 12th point moved him past Tim Hardaway for 10th on the all-time Heat playoff list and he was up to 16 points at halftime. He had 23 points going into the fourth.

4. Lowry back: Lowry was back after missing eight of the previous 10 games due to a strained left hamstring, re-establishing his leadership with the first unit.

Mindful of the ailment, he went into the locker-room tunnel during his time out of the game.

Lowry, 36, previously had attempted to return from the hamstring in the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers after a four-game absence, only to miss four more games.

Spoelstra stressed that the setback against the 76ers was not a setback in terms of Lowry’s rehab.

“He didn’t reinjure,” Spoelstra said. “I think that was important, so he still was able to heal. If he did reinjure it, I think he would have been out a lot longer. It’s just he still felt it, so we erred on the side of caution and taking more time.”

With Lowry back but on a minutes watch, Gabe Vincent, who had started in his place, was first off the Heat bench, splitting the 24 first-half minutes evenly with Lowry.

5. Tucker, too: Also back was Tucker, who bruised his left knee in Thursday night’s Game 2 loss to the degree that there were initial thoughts of requiring an MRI.

Tucker left Thursday night’s loss at FTX Arena after first injuring the knee in the first half and the aggravating it in the third quarter.

He then had eight points and four rebounds in Saturday night’s first half.

Spoelstra paused when asked what it would take to keep Tucker, 37, out.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think all of us, you’re kind of on eggshells with him. You can’t ask him how he’s doing. I can’t ask a trainer, because if he sees me talking to a trainer, he barks at me and yells at me if I’m talking to the trainers. I’m allowed to talk to the trainers, that is part of my job.

“But he is a throwback by every definition of that.”

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