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California Fires

TRAGIC: California Firefighter Killed During Blaze

AP | Posted 06.12.2013 | San Francisco

ALTURAS, Calif. -- The U.S. Forest Service says a smokejumper has been killed while fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires in northeast Cal...

Bad News For California

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 06.25.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Californians can expect a dangerous summer wildfire season due to a dry winter that has left the normally green hills of spring pa...

PHOTOS: Air Crews Make A Small Dent In Huge NorCal Wildfires

AP | JEFF BARNARD and TERRY COLLINS | Posted 10.24.2012 | San Francisco

MINERAL, Calif. — Residents of a tiny mountain town breathed easier Friday after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfi...

Returning To 'Homes Damaged Or Even Lost'

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 10.18.2012 | Green

SEATTLE (AP) — Thunderstorms and lightning threatened fire officials' plans to contain a large blaze in central Washington state as hundreds of Wash...

If Victims Died Of Heart Attacks, Does It Count As Murder?

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 07.10.2012 | Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- The five victims all died of heart attacks. But prosecutors said it was still murder. Angry after being thrown out of a hou...

Fire In Redding

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles

REDDING, Calif. -- Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Northern California is now 60 percent contained after destroying two outbuild...

Yosemite Wildfire Forces Campgrounds To Evacuate

SFGate | Casey Newton, Chronicle Staff Writer | Posted 10.28.2011 | San Francisco

By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters relied on a giant air tanker to make steady progress Monday against a five-day...

Massive Six-Alarm Fire Erupts At Fairfield Plastics Plant

AP | Posted 09.25.2011 | San Francisco

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — A fire at a plastics company sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air Tuesday, but officials said no buildin...

Extreme Heat, Lightning Spark 15 Local Fires

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Southern California was sweltering in triple-digit heat as monsoonal thunderstorms helped spark several brush fires. Fire o...

A Clockwork Apocalypse: The Southern California Wildfire

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chris McGowan

Can we change our land-use patterns and fire-safety behavior to avoid tragic deaths and property loss during these wildfires, and reduce the millions of dollars spent fighting them?

California Fire's Smoke Reaches Colorado, Makes Mountain Invisible From Denver

The Denver Post | Howard Pankratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The smoke over Colorado -- which has made the mountains west of Denver invisible from downtown Denver -- has come directly from the massive 85,000-acr...

What Dangerous Particles Did LA Residents Breathe During The Fires?

LA Times | Bettina Boxall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Los Angeles times reports on some Californians' worst fears -- that the wildfires put something bad in the air: It was full of tiny particles -- ...

1 killed in Calif. fires; more Guard troops coming

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PARADISE, Calif. — One person was found dead inside a burned-out house Friday after a wind-fueled wildfire swept through a rural community in th...

Firefighters Battle More Than 300 Wildfires In California

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters on Sunday took advantage of cooler, damper weather to battle a vast blaze ravaging Santa Barbara County as they tried...

Big Sur Wildfire Forcing Evacuations

AP | AMANDA FEHD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BIG SUR, Calif. — Piles of charred rubble smoldered near California's scenic coastal highway Thursday as a ferocious wildfire descended on the s...

Fire Unexpectedly Worsens In California As Big Sur Is Evacuated

New York Times | Jesse McKinley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Facing a stubborn fire, California officials ordered the evacuation of Big Sur on Wednesday as flames flared on nearby mountaintops and moved steadily...

California Wildfires: More Evacuations Ordered In Big Sur As Fire Jumps Line

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BIG SUR, Calif. — Authorities are urging residents to evacuate most of the community of Big Sur on the California coast because a wildfire burni...

1,400 California Wildfires Burning With No Relief In Sight

AP | SCOTT LINDLAW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO — With hundreds of wildfires raging across remote, rugged parts of California for a second week, fire officials have been forced t...

STALEMATE: Firefighters Battling More Than 1,000 Wildfires In California

AP | MARCUS WOHLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters in Northern California battled more than a thousand wildfires to a stalemate by Sunday, but forecasters said danger...

Hundreds Of California Wildfires Force Thousands To Evacuate

AP | MARCUS WOHLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of wildfires sparked by lightning flared Sunday across the heart of wine country and remote forests in Northern Califor...

Fake FEMA Reporters Promoted

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Oct. 23, the day of FEMA's now infamous phony news conference, the agency's former external affairs chief, Pat Philbin, announced plans to promote ...

Jason Linkins

BeckWatch: Californication | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just in time for the holidays comes the gift that everyone needed: a book with a grown man fellating the state of California on its cover.

Wildfire Engulfs Homes Above Malibu

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and mountains of this wealthy enclave for the second time in little more th...

Could Fire Destruction Have Been Avoided?

AP | Aaron C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Several aircraft were able to fly in strong winds on the first full day of last month's Southern California firestorms, contradicting officials' earli...

Jason Linkins

BeckWatch: Pink-Eyed View of Code Pink | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As we've already seen, whenever CNN's Glenn Beck finds himself straining to maintain the surfeit on inanity his employers ask him to dispense, it's ok...