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San Francisco skies turn orange as wildfires return to Northern California

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San Francisco took on a post-apocalyptic shade of orange, after smoke from Northern Californian wildfires reached the city on Sunday.

Just under a year since the deadliest firestorms in state history, intense wildfire has returned to the region, fanned by high winds and hot temperatures.

Smoke and ash from fires burning in the Yolo and Lake counties filled the sky about 75 miles south in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday morning, giving the city a foreboding orange filter.

San Francisco sky is bizarre right now. Rayleigh scattering through this cloud is depleting all the blues and leaving us with a sepia skypic.twitter.com/weUDCkulsN

— Rick Zuzow (@RickZuzow) July 1, 2018 Read more…

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Should you worry if you left your stove burner on?

Did you forget to turn off your stove burner before leaving the house this morning? Don’t worry about it. Easier said than done, but…

“A stove is designed to run indefinitely,” says John Drengenberg, the Consumer Safety Director at Underwriters Laboratories where they test such things. “Do we recommend that? Absolutely not.”

“If you leave it on, and there’s nothing on the stove or near the stove, it probably will stay running until you come back,” he tells DIGG.

UL tests just about every stove that hits the market. Part of that testing involves ensuring they hit thermal stability. In other words, they turn the stove on, and check the temperature of the burner, and keep checking the temperature until it stops increasing — just to make sure the burner doesn’t ultimately set the entire stove on fire.

That said, leaving something cooking unattended on the burner can absolutely cause a fire.

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Nobody can agree on exactly how Samsung's battery factory fire started

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Samsung definitely doesn’t need this right now. 

Accounts of what started yesterday’s fire at a Samsung SDI factory have been conflicting, with Samsung and Tianjin’s fire department giving differing accounts of exactly how the fire was started. 

While fire personnel said batteries on the production line were behind the incident, Samsung says it was caused by already-discarded faulty batteries.

The factory, which produced for the Note7, is set to supply batteries for the Korean conglomerate’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8.

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