San Jacinto Mountains

Irene Jenke, evacuates from her home on Morris Ranch Rd. with her pets from the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

Wildfire forces evacuation of Idyllwild

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in the Southern California mountains shut down the famed Pacific Crest Trail and was threatening a popular tourist destination Thursday, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 6,000 residents and […]


Helicopter crews work the Mountain Fire as it burns in the wilderness near Lake Hemet, Calif. Tuesday, July 17th, 2013. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon)

SoCal wildfire forces more evacuations

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs. Large parts of the Southern California communities of Idyllwild and […]


A female inmate hand crew from Puerta La Cruz and firefighters in an engine company with them set fire to reinforce the line to stave off part of the Mountain Fire burning up a hill toward them on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 off Apple Canyon Road near Lake Hemet, Calif. Tuesday, July 17th, 2013. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Crystal Chatham)

Idyllwild wildfire grows (PHOTOS)

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in mountains west of Palm Springs burned seven homes and led to the evacuation of dozens more, officials said. The blaze destroyed three houses, damaged another and destroyed three […]


Calif. squirrel tests positive for plague exposure

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a squirrel at a Southern California campground has tested positive for exposure to fleas infected with the bacteria that can cause plague.Riverside County officials said Tuesday the discovery at […]


Firefighters gaining edge on California wildfires

(AP) – Firefighters across California were monitoring whether potential thunderstorms and strong winds Thursday could make their work more difficult as they gain ground on several raging wildfires. In Northern California, crews were getting the […]


Firefighters progressing against So. Cal wildfires

(AP) – Firefighters are making good progress against Southern California wildfires threatening more than 100 rural homes but a chance of afternoon thunderstorms is making them nervous. Thursday afternoon storms in the mountains and deserts […]


Marine aircraft fighting Southern California fire

(AP) – The Marines sent in helicopters Wednesday to help battle wildfires threatening hundreds of homes in Southern California’s rugged backcountry. Eight CH-53 Super Stallions and CH-46 Sea Knights from nearby bases were sent to […]


So. Calif. wildfires threatening dozens of homes (audio)

(AP) – Southern California wildfires are threatening dozens of homes after burning through more than 19 square miles of brush in the midst of a heat wave. State fire officials say a 4{-square-mile blaze in […]




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