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Senators protest cuts to wildfire prevention funds

DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Western U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to focus more on preventing wildfires rather than taking money from programs that clear potentially hazardous dead trees and […]

06/28/2013

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Fire near Banning 80 percent contained

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — An 11-day-old wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Banning is now 80 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters Wednesday will patrol the nearly 6-square-mile fire […]

06/19/2013

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

Week-old SoCal wildfire 63 percent contained

BANNING, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters are making slow but steady progress against a wildfire that has been burning in a rugged wilderness area of the San Bernardino National Forest near Banning for a week. U.S. […]

06/16/2013

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Southern California wildfire slowly spreading

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near a Southern California Indian reservation continues to plow through century-old brush and dead trees in high, steep terrain. The 3-square-mile blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest […]

06/11/2013

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

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