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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection air tanker dropping fire retardant. (AP Photo)

Fire burns 1,500 acres in Southern CA wilderness

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that started on an Indian reservation in Riverside County has burned at least 1,500 acres but officials say it isn’t threatening any homes. The U.S. Forest Service says the […]

06/10/2013

Smoke rises from the Powerhouse Fire. (AP Photo)

Powerhouse Fire destroyed 53 structures

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Officials now say 53 structures including 24 residences were destroyed by the big wildfire in northern Los Angeles County. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Shawn Rollman said Thursday that crews were able […]

06/07/2013

The Powerhouse Fire, San Francisquito Canyon. (AP Photo)

Powerhouse Fire destroyed 24 residences

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Officials now say 53 structures including 24 residences were destroyed by the big wildfire in northern Los Angeles County. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Shawn Rollman said Thursday that crews were able […]

06/06/2013

Smoke rises from the Powerhouse Fire. (AP Photo)

Powerhouse Fire 70 percent contained

  PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations at the scene of the big wildfire in northern Los Angeles County. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says Wednesday that there has been smoke […]

06/05/2013

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Powerhouse Fire 65 percent contained

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters continue to take advantage of cool, moist air as they work to surround a huge area scorched by a wildfire north of Los Angeles. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy […]

06/05/2013

An LA County firefighter. (AP Photo)

Forest Service to hire 500 fewer firefighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — As dry conditions set the stage for another difficult fire season, the Forest Service said Tuesday it will hire 500 fewer firefighters than last year because of automatic spending cuts imposed by […]

06/04/2013

The Powerhouse Fire, San Francisquito Canyon. (AP Photo)

More cool weather aids crews fighting Powerhouse Fire

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters working through the night took advantage of cool, moist air as they built containment lines around a massive wildfire that destroyed six houses north of Los Angeles. U.S. […]

06/04/2013

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Residents watched, waited until flames descended

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Residents of the rural community of Lake Hughes in northern Los Angeles County are waiting out a wildfire at a Red Cross shelter in nearby Palmdale. Dozens of people fled the […]

06/03/2013

Smoke rises from the Powerhouse Fire. (AP Photo)

Powerhouse Fire rages out of control

PALMDALE (CNS) – The Powerhouse Fire raging out of control in the Angeles National Forest since Thursday has scorched about 29,500 acres and is about 40 percent contained today, with full containment expected only next […]

06/03/2013

The Powerhouse Fire, San Francisquito Canyon. (AP Photo)

New evacuations ordered in fire north of LA

SANTA CLARITA (CNS) – Air crews planned to take to the air this morning and resume their attacks on a brush fire that has blackened 1,000 acres in sparsely populated San Francisquito Canyon northeast of […]

05/31/2013

Firefighting aircraft

Several thousand campers flee Santa Barbara wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — It may have been the last day of the trip anyway for some, but as many as 6,000 Memorial Day campers had to bolt when a wildfire in the California […]

05/28/2013

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Feds add bigger, faster planes to wildfire fleet

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that heading into wildfire season it has selected contractors to provide seven air tankers that fly faster and drop a larger volume of fire […]

05/06/2013

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