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  • Layer of smoke covers NH

    05/31/2010 9:24:33 AM PDT · by Poser · 20 replies · 646+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 5/31/2010 | Union Leader
    A thin layer of smoke is covering much of New Hampshire today, spillover from more than 50 wildfires that are burning out of control in Quebec. The fires have been burning since last week over about 150,000 acres in central Quebec, north of Montreal and Quebec City, and about 500 miles north of Manchester.
  • Transient arrested in fire probe

    10/19/2009 6:03:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 696+ views
    LOS ANGELES — A homeless man was arrested and charged with arson for starting a tiny blaze in August near the spot where a gigantic wildfire erupted several days later, killing two firefighters, homicide detectives said Monday. Babatunsin Olukunle, 25, is the strongest lead to date in the arson investigation stemming from a fire that destroyed 89 homes, burned 250 square miles of national forest and killed two firefighters when their truck plunged off a road. It was one of the largest fires in Southern California history.
  • 'Person of Interest' Sought in Deadly Station Fire

    10/13/2009 11:48:45 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies · 620+ views
    KTLA ^ | Oct. 13, 2009 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES -- L.A. County Sheriff's detectives investigating the massive "Station Fire" want to talk with a transient they say started a smaller fire in the same general area days earlier. Officials are looking for Babatunsin Olukunle, 25, a Nigerian man who dropped out of the Unviersity of California, Davis in 2007, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Liam Gallagher. Gallagher says Olukunle is wanted for questioning in the Lady Bug fire, which broke out on August 20, six miles away from the Station Fire ignition point along Highway 2 near a ranger station north of La Canada Flintridge. "During...
  • California wildfire forces evacuations; destroys homes

    10/04/2009 3:07:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies · 477+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/4/09
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Sunday in San Bernardino County as a fast-moving wildfire burned through a national forest, threatening homes and forcing hundreds of evacuations.
  • Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Offers $100G Reward In L.A. Wildfire Arson

    09/04/2009 7:28:01 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 49 replies · 960+ views
    LA Times ^ | 09/04/09
    Authorities have traced the ignition point just off a public road and say they found the substance used to start the historic blaze, but they would not identify it. The so-called Station Fire has now consumed growth and structures on more than 150,000 acres, or more than 234 square miles. That's an area more than ten times the size of New York's Manhattan island. It's still not contained and has cost millions of dollars to fight with resources coming in from all over the country and Canada.
  • Cyanide Suspected In Sickening 7 L.A. Firefighters

    09/07/2009 8:06:25 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 2,121+ views
    NationalTerrorAlert ^ | 9/6/09 | National
    As the fire and homicide investigation continues, officials say several firefighters were exposed to cyanide gas in two separate incidents as they were mopping up hot spots near the small city of Acton on the northern edge of the massive blaze. The poisonous cyanide fumes are suspected in acute breathing problems suffered by Los Angeles firefighters battling the Station Fire in the Aliso Canyon. One firefighters suffered life-threatening respiratory arrest and remains in hospital after she was knocked out by noxious fumes on Sept. 1 near Acton. Two days later, six firefighters suffered severe breathing difficulties in another part of...
  • Deputies kill gunman near pot farm in Lytle Creek

    09/10/2007 4:17:35 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 37 replies · 1,242+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/07 | Sara Lin and Jonathan Abrams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies shot and killed one camouflage-clad gunman during a shootout this morning with suspects protecting a marijuana crop in mountains north of Fontana, officials said. Authorities said they are still searching for at least two other men involved in the shooting.Deputies working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had planned to destroy a large marijuana field near Lytle Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains, an area north of Fontana marked by steep hills and manzanita trees, said sheriff's spokesperson Jodi Miller. At least three people dressed in camouflage and armed with automatic weapons...
  • Tribute for men killed in Station Fire

    09/04/2009 11:21:29 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies · 1,092+ views
    KABC TV Los Angeles ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Staff
    LAKE VIEW TERRACE, Calif. (KABC) -- It was an emotional tribute for the 1,200 to 1,500 firefighters that gathered early Friday morning to say their personal goodbyes to the two firefighters killed in the Station Fire. Capt. Ted Hall and firefighters Arnie Quinones both died Sunday afternoon when their vehicle went over the side of a mountain. ..."It was just important to bring closure," said Paul Lowenthal from the Santa Rosa Fire Department. "It's not only a family within your own station. It's a family across the state, across the country, so we all look out for one another, and...
  • California Wildfire Started by Arson

    09/03/2009 6:45:14 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 15 replies · 752+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A huge wildfire burning in the mountains above Los Angeles, the largest ever in the county, was started by arson and will be investigated as a homicide, authorities said on Thursday. The arson declaration was made after investigators found evidence of arson at the point of origin for the so-called Station Fire, which has blackened an area the size of Chicago, started. "Arson investigators from the U.S. Forest Service (and other agencies) ... have concluded that the Station Fire was the result of an arson," Forest Service Commander Rita Wears told reporters at a...
  • Feds: Calif. water crisis isn't Washington's fault (Delta longfin smelt and salmon win again)

    09/03/2009 5:23:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/09 | AP
    FRESNO, Calif. – Top Obama administration officials are taking California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to task for blaming the state's water crisis on federal environmental restrictions. The governor sent a letter to Washington Wednesday demanding a response to "catastrophic impacts" he said were caused by environmental rules that have slashed water deliveries.
  • Official: LA-Area Fire Human-Caused ("Station Fire")

    09/02/2009 1:22:11 PM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 811+ views ^ | Sept. 2, 2009 | staff
    The monster Station Fire burning north of Los Angeles was human-caused, a U.S. Forest Service official said Wednesday. Meanwhile, fire crews prepared for potential setbacks because of returning drier conditions, reported. Investigators don't know specifically how the Station Fire was started but have enough information to determine it was caused by a person, the Forest Service's deputy incident commander Carlton Joseph said during a news conference. Investigators were determining whether the fire was accidental or arson and identified the point of origin as mile marker 29 on Angeles Crest Highway. Firefighters caught a weather break Tuesday when moister, cooler...
  • Feds Failed To Clear Brush In LA Wildfire Area [Enviro-Wackos]

    09/02/2009 5:04:44 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 24 replies · 776+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 09/03/09 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Some critics suggested that protests from environmentalists contributed to the disaster, which came after the brush was allowed to build up for as much as 40 years. "This brush was ready to explode," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district overlaps the forest. "The environmentalists have gone to the extreme to prevent controlled burns, and as a result we have this catastrophe today."
  • NASA sat snaps LA wildfire ( Station Fire Just North of Los Angeles)

    09/02/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 2,116+ views
    The Register ^ | 2nd September 2009 09:45 GMT | Lester Haines
    NASA's Terra satellite has captured a dramatic image of the Los Angeles "Station Fire" wildfire. It is one of at least seven conflagrations currently affecting California, which by yesterday had reportedly laid waste to over 133,000 acres and consumed 80 buildings. NASA explains: "The area covered by the image is 245 kilometers (152 miles) wide. Several pyrocumulus clouds, created by the Station Fire, are visible above the smoke plumes rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in the left-center of the image. "Smoke from the Station Fire is seen covering the interior valleys along the south side...
  • Southern California fire threatens historic Mount Wilson Observatory

    09/01/2009 12:54:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 1,919+ views
    The Scientific American ^ | Sept. 1, 2009 | John Matson
    The so-called Station Fire, which now covers more than 120,000 Southern California acres and is burning largely uncontained, continues to threaten the century-old Mount Wilson Observatory, home to astronomer Edwin Hubble at the time he made his landmark observations of the universe's expansion. The observatory is currently unmanned due to the fire threat and the attending smoke, but a webcam atop Mount Wilson's 150-foot solar tower has provided observatory managers and concerned observers with a view from the scene. At 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) the camera showed a great deal of smoke but no flames. ...According to the Los...
  • LA-Area Blaze Size Doubles, Threatens 12,000 Homes ( 11:02 AM PDT )

    08/31/2009 11:13:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,181+ views
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex and historic observatory. The fire was the largest of at least eight burning up and down California after days of triple-digit temperatures and low humidity. The Los Angeles-area blaze had burned at least 21 homes and was moving north, south and east through the rugged foothills northeast of the city. Despite a lack of wind, the fire surged without letup by running through steep...
  • UPDATE 5-California wildfire more than doubles on sixth day

    08/31/2009 7:39:02 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 49 replies · 1,813+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 31, 2009 | Steve Gorman
    * More than 70 dwellings confirmed destroyed * Over 6,000 homes under evacuation orders * Fire crews retreat from key mountain summit (Updates with new damage toll, evacuees, news conference) By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A massive wildfire roaring through mountains north of Los Angeles forced some firefighters to retreat on Monday as the toll of engulfed homes rose sharply and flames menaced Mount Wilson, a broadcasting hub and site of a historic observatory. Fire officials said at least 71 dwellings had been destroyed since the blaze erupted last Wednesday -- 53 clustered in the foothill...
  • LA firefighters killed trying to save inmate crew

    08/31/2009 7:16:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 1,645+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2009 | N/A
    As the roaring wall of flame raged through the Angeles National Forest, firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones worked feverishly to protect their fire-crew camp, made up mostly of prison inmates. But all too suddenly, the fire invaded the campsite. Hall and Quinones shepherded 55 inmates and several corrections and fire personnel into a cinderblock dining hall to shelter them from the blaze. The fire burned through the camp, leaving it in ruins. The dining hall provided adequate shelter for now, but Hall and Quinones knew they had to get everyone to safety. So they jumped in an engine truck...
  • L.A. County Fire Has Destroyed 74 Structures, Remains Out Of Control

    08/31/2009 6:52:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 613+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 31, 2009
    L.A. County fire has destroyed 74 structures, remains out of control August 31, 2009 The number of homes burned by the Station fire has surged to 74 as the out-of-control wildfire pushed west and north, officials say. Fifty-three homes, mountain cabins and other buildings were destroyed when the fire swept through the hamlet of Stonyvale in Tujunga Canyon. Earlier officials had said 21 homes were lost, mostly in remote areas in Tujunga Canyon and south of Acton. The fire showed little sign of slowing down this afternoon as it threatened 12,000 homes in suburban tracts and desert communities, along with...
  • TV, cellphone signals from Mt. Wilson at risk (Ca Wildfires)

    08/31/2009 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Smogger · 25 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | Corina Knoll and Hector Becerra
    If flames were to reach the top of Mt. Wilson, home to the region's TV and FM radio transmitters, what would happen? Severe damage could disrupt cellphone service, as well as television and radio programming for those who receive signals over the air. It also could interrupt some emergency law enforcement communications. ... Mt. Wilson is home to more than two dozen towers that occupy its peak just north of Sierra Madre. It supports antennas that beam signals for television and FM radio stations throughout the region. The fire also threatens the historic solar observatory atop the mountain, which houses...
  • Huge Blaze Threatens 12,000 LA-Area Homes; 2 Dead (Latest News: 06:30PDT )

    08/31/2009 6:46:31 AM PDT · by kellynla · 211 replies · 5,078+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug 31, 6:30PDT | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and JULIET WILLIAMS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Firefighters tried Monday to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of Los Angeles-area homes and a crucial communications center as they mourned two firefighters killed when their vehicle rolled down a mountain. About 12,000 homes, as well as communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened by fire. At least 6,600 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders Sunday night and over 2,500 firefighters were battling the flames. On the blaze's northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton.
  • 2 firefighters killed battling California wildfire

    08/31/2009 3:20:41 AM PDT · by Justaham · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-31-09 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and JULIET WILLIAMS
    LOS ANGELES — Firefighters tried to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of homes and an essential communications center in Los Angeles County as they mourned two of their own who were killed when their vehicle was overrun by fast-moving flames and rolled down a mountain side. About 12,000 homes, as well as crucial communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened the fire. On the blaze's northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton.
  • 2 Firefighters Killed As Station Fire Grows

    08/30/2009 8:23:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies · 1,879+ views ^ | August 30, 2009
    Aug 30, 2009 2 Firefighters Killed As Station Fire Grows Station Fire Threatens Thousands Of Homes Fire crews struggled to contain the Station fire, which has already burned 35,000 acres and was threatening thousands of homes. L.A. County Coroner's officials have confirmed that two firefighters were killed when their vehicle overturned on Mount Wilson Sunday, where fire crews anxiously worked to contain the monstrous Station fire. The 35,000-acre fire threatened over 10,000 homes, 500 commercial properties and 2,000 other structures and rained ash on cars as far away as downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, spreading in all directions in hot,...
  • Calif. fire to reach mountain's TV transmitters

    08/30/2009 6:53:29 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 51 replies · 2,340+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/30/09 | APRIL WARREN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say flames from a major wildfire north of Los Angeles are about to reach Mount Wilson, home to a historic observatory and transmitters for every major television and radio station in the area. Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mark Savage tells KABC-TV Sunday that "it's not a matter of if it impacts Mount Wilson, it's a matter of when," and estimated that the flames could leap to the top of the mountain within a few hours. Savage says firefighters could be pulled at any moment if the situation becomes dangerous. Television stations say if the...
  • Major Fire in auburn, California

    08/30/2009 4:42:09 PM PDT · by sissyjane · 46 replies · 3,948+ views
    Major fire burning homes and commercial buildings in Auburn, CA.
  • Los Angeles Area Fire Map: La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Acton

    08/30/2009 1:59:16 PM PDT · by kellynla · 17 replies · 5,142+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12 p.m., 8/30/09: | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Firefighters' goal: Keep the fire within the blue line. The northern flank is nearing the Acton area, prompting evacuations along Highway 14. The fire is two miles from Mt. Wilson, site of communications towers and an observatory. To the southwest, flames are still spreading above the foothills above the 210. La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge expands evacuation areas.
  • Schwarzenegger Urges Residents in Path of Flames to Flee as Fire Roars in Three Directions

    08/30/2009 1:48:13 PM PDT · by kellynla · 121 replies · 4,497+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | 11:21 am
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today urged residents in fire evacuation zones to flee as firefighters predicted another difficult day battling a wildfire that has burned 35,000 acres and threatened more than 12,000 homes from Acton to Altadena. Schwarzenegger noted at a morning press conference that three residents in Big Tujunga Canyon suffered serious burns trying in vain to save their homes Saturday. "There will be people who don't listen," the governor said at the fire command post in Lake View Terrace. ". . . Move as soon as [firefighters] say to move." Although thousands of homes are covered in the evacuation...
  • 10,000 homes are threatened (Los Angeles Wildfire)

    08/30/2009 12:03:09 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 379 replies · 11,409+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | Louis Sahagun, Ann M. Simmons, Esmeralda Bermudez
    The unstoppable Angeles National Forest fire threatened 10,000 homes Saturday night as it more than tripled in size and chewed through a rapidly widening swath of the Crescenta Valley, where flames closed in on backyards and at least 1,000 homes were ordered evacuated. Sending an ominous plume of smoke above the Los Angeles Basin, the fire was fueled by unrelenting hot weather and dense brush that has not burned in 60 years.
  • Station fire(north of LA) getting out of hand injuries reported

    08/29/2009 2:26:16 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 40 replies · 1,675+ views
    at least 3 badly burned fire fighter just air lifted out some recent chatter "we are loosing structures" "need air rescue" "send ambulances backed by engines" "I guess we can go back in there after the fire passes, pull out for now"(I assume resdiental areas) local online news media seems to be in "weekend mode" not updating
  • Thousands evacuated in Los Angeles wildfires....

    08/28/2009 1:17:36 PM PDT · by TaraP · 3 replies · 549+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 28th, 2009
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of residents were evacuated from million-dollar homes in exclusive Los Angeles communities as four wildfires burned on Friday in the mountains and coastal areas around the city. Nearly 900 homes were threatened in La Canada Flintridge from a fire that started on Wednesday in a national forest and spread toward the affluent foothill town, home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Some 1,500 acres have burned. Another fire broke out late on Thursday in the coastal enclave of Rancho Palos Verdes, forcing authorities to quickly evacuate 650 homes
  • Fire Updates: Palos Verdes, Station Fire, Morris Fire, Cottonwood Fire [SoCalif]

    08/28/2009 12:37:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 65 replies · 1,491+ views
    LAist ^ | Aug. 28, 2009 | Staff
    Four major fires have consumed around 4,600 acres across the greater Los Angeles region this past week. Here's the latest, as of 9:30 a.m., according to fire information officers for each of the blazes. Palos Verdes Fire The fire that began around 8 p.m. last night has only consumed 100 acres in a residential area prompting the evacuation of around 1,200 to 1,500 people. It's 35 percent contained and despite earlier reports of lost homes, six structures have been damaged along with the complete destruction of one outbuilding and a gazebo, according to Inspector Steve Zermeno from the LA County...
  • Fire Torches Homes Near L.A., Hundreds Flee

    08/27/2009 11:07:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 417+ views
    FoxNews ^ | August 27, 2009
    Fire Torches Homes Near L.A., Hundreds Flee August 28, 2009 Aug. 27: A home is seen fully engulfed in flames in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. LOS ANGELES — Wildfires erupted up and down California Thursday as a late summer siege of heat and low humidity levels made conditions ripe for conflagrations. Structures could be seen burning in the wealthy communities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of Los Angeles, while suburbs on the foothills to the north of the city were threatened by a slumbering fire that suddenly roared to life in the evening hours....
  • Fire Torches Homes Near L.A., Hundreds Flee (Palos Verdes area)

    08/27/2009 11:06:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies · 1,618+ views ^ | 08/28/09 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES — Wildfires erupted up and down California Thursday as a late summer siege of heat and low humidity levels made conditions ripe for conflagrations. Structures could be seen burning in the wealthy communities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of Los Angeles, while suburbs on the foothills to the north of the city were threatened by a slumbering fire that suddenly roared to life in the evening hours. Dozens of homes were evacuated in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Steve Zermeno said. TV news footage showed structures on fire and at least one entirely engulfed...
  • Wildfire north of Los Angeles spreads

    08/26/2009 1:33:54 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 1,241+ views
    UPI ^ | Aug. 26, 2009 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Smoke filled the skies over the Los Angeles Basin Wednesday as a quick-moving wildfire expanded to 750 acres in the mountains north of the city, officials said. With high temperatures and dry winds fueling the flames, firefighters said just 10 percent of the fire was contained by morning. The National Weather Service said temperatures were expected to reach triple digits in the valley, the Los Angeles Times reported Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest were evacuated Tuesday after a brush fire broke out near the Morris Dam north of Azusa in late afternoon. About...
  • Greek fires under control, govt under attack (Socialists leading in polls)

    08/25/2009 5:56:38 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 7 replies · 437+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2009 | Dina Kyriakidou
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Wildfires that tore through suburbs of Athens and forced thousands of people to flee their homes were contained on Tuesday as the government's handling of the disaster became an election issue. Likely to face voters early next year, the conservative government said very strong winds had made it difficult to fight fires in east Attica where swathes of forest and more than 150 homes were destroyed. "If what we experienced in Attica is the best this government can do, then it is obvious we must urgently replace it," the liberal daily Ethnos said in its main editorial....
  • Cartels a growing concern in forest (USA Forests/ Armed Mexican Cartels)

    08/24/2009 8:31:32 PM PDT · by AuntB · 9 replies · 1,175+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | Aug. 23, 2009 | John Scheibe
    Officials finding more back country pot plots Last week’s announcement that the 89,000-acre La Brea fire in northern Santa Barbara County might have been sparked by a Mexican cartel’s marijuana-growing operation was little surprise to local law enforcement agents who are finding record amounts of pot on public lands. Agents from the U.S. Forest Service and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department suspect the fire in Los Padres National Forest, which so far has cost more than $20 million to fight, was caused by an Aug. 8 cooking fire at a large marijuana garden 21 miles east of Santa Maria. Investigators...
  • Sacramento Tea Party - Fri. Aug. 28th!

    08/24/2009 10:24:37 AM PDT · by AuntB · 7 replies · 1,080+ views
    Sacramento Tea Party ^ | Aug. 24, 2009 | SactoTeaParty
    On August 28, 2009 Taxpayers will go back to the Capitol to Demand our Representatives stop taxing us and start representing us! In California's vast and fertile central valley, the federal government has shut off the water to farmers. Fields lie fallow, and once thriving orchards are dry and dead. After generations on the land, families are losing their farms. In some areas unemployment exceeds 40%. All this to protect a "minnow." The government is putting fish before families. This insanity must end. In the mountains, family owned timber operations, working and managing our forests for generations, are being forced...
  • Wildfire fighters return to find their base in Palmer looted

    08/19/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,073+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 19th, 2009 | MEGAN HOLLAND
    PALMER: Destructive thieves take everything that's not nailed down and then some at headquarters. Daniel Skriloff, an Alaska wildfire fighter, had just come off the line, battling the oppressive heat and smoke of the 12,000-acre Hardluck Creek blaze near Fairbanks, when he got the bad news. Back at the Palmer-based headquarters for the Pioneer Peak Hotshots, thieves -- as part of a storm of theft and destruction -- broke into and stole his Subaru Legacy from the gated parking lot. "It sucks," said the third-year firefighter, who was back in Palmer dealing with insurance forms on Tuesday. "You name it,...
  • Mexican Drug Smugglers Tied to California Fire

    08/18/2009 9:32:20 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies · 1,130+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/17/2009 | Yahoo
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wildfire investigators in California are looking for marijuana growers tied to a Mexican drug cartel whom they suspect ignited a blaze that has charred more than 87,000 acres of a national forest. The La Brea Fire, which erupted August 8 in the Los Padres National Forest in the remote Santa Barbara County mountains northwest of Los Angeles, is believed to be the first major wildfire in the state caused by drug traffickers, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jim Turner said on Monday. A joint statement issued Saturday night by the Santa Barbara County sheriff's office and the...
  • California Firefighters' Mission Is Far From Local

    08/17/2009 11:58:46 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 428+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 17, 2009 | Sabrina Shankman
    LOS ANGELES -- David Gerboth is a captain in the San Diego Fire Department, but he spent most of last summer crisscrossing California putting out wildfires. There were the 16 days battling a fire in Hayfork, 720 miles to the north. Then he spent 21 days fighting other blazes that burned 86,500 acres. As California's wildfires consume more land each year, the state is increasingly relying on firefighters like Mr. Gerboth. Under state mutual-aid agreements, he and thousands of other local firefighters are organized into teams that can be quickly dispatched to fight a fire in a neighboring county --...

    08/16/2009 10:11:24 AM PDT · by AuntB · 48 replies · 4,293+ views
    Incident Information System ^ | Aug. 15, 2009 | Incident Information System
    Date: August 15, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FIRE INVESTIGATORS DETERMINE CAUSE OF LA BREA FIRE GOLETA, CA... A week-long investigation by U.S. Forest Service Special Agents, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit and Fire Investigators has revealed the cause of the La Brea Fire. Investigators revealed that the La Brea Fire was started by a cooking fire in a marijuana drug trafficking operation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit has confirmed that the camp at the origin of the fire was an illegal marijuana operation believed to be run by a Mexican National Drug Organization. The Narcotics Unit has...
  • California Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Rage

    08/15/2009 6:07:22 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 398+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/15/2009 | Associated Press
    Fire crews fanned out Friday across a parched California where wind-whipped wildfires have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and led to an emergency declaration in Santa Cruz County.
  • Arson fears over European wildfires

    07/27/2009 5:49:20 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 326+ views
    UKNews ^ | 7/26/09
    Firefighters in Spain, France, Greece and Italy are continuing to battle forest fires as speculation grows many were sparked deliberately. Skip related content Related photos / videos Arson fears over European wildfires Enlarge photo More photos: Weather Thousands of acres of land have been destroyed across southern Europe. In Spain, where six firefighters have been killed, a new blaze has broken out in Las Hurdes, Extremadura. In the country's Aragon region, water planes have brought most of the fires under control. More than 15 people have reportedly been arrested by Spanish authorities and there are also suspicions surrounding the blaze...
  • Suburbs in flames after military exercise (French artillery torches Marseille)

    07/22/2009 11:46:50 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 13 replies · 778+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 7-23-09 | AFP hacks
    Bombing exercise 'caused fires' Dozens of homes destroyed Authorities angry at military MILITARY bombing practice has caused one of France's worst fires for three years which continues to rage on the eastern outskirts of Marseille. The fire has burnt dozens of homes but claimed no victims. The wildfire was caused by military practice shelling which hit the eastern Trois-Ponts suburb of the southern city forcing the evacuation of scores of residents. "There are a few dozen houses burnt in the Trois-Ponts district but there are no victims," fire brigade spokesman Samuel Champon said. "There are more homes threatened than vehicles...
  • 'Imbeciles': Hundreds evacuated as bushfire caused by French military threatens Marseille

    07/23/2009 4:17:29 AM PDT · by vimto · 13 replies · 502+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/23/09 | Peter Allen
    The French Army were branded ‘imbeciles’ today after an artillery exercise caused a massive fire which destroyed dozens of houses and left hundreds homeless. Rather than improving the marksmanship of the Foreign Legion, the shelling led to mass evacuations in a suburb of Marseilles.
  • Brush Fire Prompts Evacuation Of The Getty Center (California)

    07/08/2009 1:49:39 PM PDT · by califamily4W · 37 replies · 1,803+ views
    KCAL 9 News ^ | 7-8-09 | breaking news
    BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) Staff and visitors at the world-famous Getty Center art complex in Los Angeles were being evacuated because of a nearby brush fire. The fire, which was burning at 1200 Getty Center Drive near the northbound 405 Freeway, has scorched approximately two acres. A Getty spokesman estimated 800 employees were working in the complex Wednesday. They're being told to leave along with an unknown number of visitors. A plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, as the fire spread quickly through heavy brush. About 50 firefighters were battling the blaze along with a helicopter. The Getty...
  • Wildfire Burns Northwest of Los Angeles

    07/05/2009 6:35:23 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies · 2,256+ views
    foxnews ^ | July 5 2009 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — Firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned about 130 acres in the Angeles National Forest northwest of Los Angeles. Forest spokeswoman Dee Dechert says the fire was burning Sunday afternoon in the Little Tujunga Canyon area. She says it is 60 percent contained, with full containment expected Sunday night. Officials say there have been no injuries or evacuations. Moderate winds in the area are pushing the fire away from any structures. The blaze is burning near the site of October's Marek fire, which burned more than 4,800 acres.
  • Fire nears Calif. coastal city; 20,000 evacuated

    05/08/2009 12:18:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 831+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/09 | Raquel Maria Dillon - ap
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Powerful winds during a night in which "all hell broke loose" have pushed a raging wildfire to the doorstep of this wealthy coastal city, threatening to destroy dozens more homes and leading to the evacuation of more than 20,000 people. Firefighters were putting out roof fires Friday as gusts drove the flames down from the steep canyons above Santa Barbara and started burning homes in the residential flatlands. Once tame, the fire front now stretches for five miles, city Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio said. "Literally last night, all hell broke loose," he said.
  • Calif. Wildfire Burns 75 Homes in Santa Barbara

    05/07/2009 9:39:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 705+ views
    AP Report ^ | May 07th 2009
    Calif. Wildfire Burns 75 Homes in Santa Barbara Friday, May 08, 2009 May 7: Firefighting aircraft drop retardant on the flames burning over a ridge into Rattlesnake Canyon near Santa Barbara, Calif. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Paradise is not lost, but it's in flames — again. The seasonal wildfires that menace this idyllic coastal city roared to life earlier than usual but with all-too-familiar ferocity, damaging or destroying 75 homes and forcing about 12,000 people to flee. "I knew it was time to leave," said Tom Morse, 62, a day after he dusted off his motorhome as the fire neared...
  • Calif. wildfire imperils Santa Barbara; Homes lost

    05/07/2009 6:46:33 PM PDT · by Justaham · 8 replies · 518+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-7-09 | Jeff Wilson
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Paradise is not lost, but it's in flames — again. The seasonal wildfires that menace this idyllic coastal city roared to life earlier than usual but with all-too-familiar ferocity, burning mansions to their foundations and forcing more than 13,000 to flee. Dozens of homes were destroyed, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "I knew it was time to leave," said Tom Morse, 62, a day after he dusted off his motorhome as the fire neared his Mission Canyon Heights house. "I could see the flames getting close." The 1,300-acre (2.03-square mile) fire was just the latest to ravage...
  • Jesusita Fire Swells to 1,300 Acres [CA]

    05/07/2009 11:50:22 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 824+ views
    The Sound ^ | May 7, 2009 | Staff
    11:22 a.m. update: Winds have remained relatively calm in the morning hours, much as fire officials had expected. Crews are attacking lines vigorously in anticipation of heavy winds this afternoon. "Today is supposed to be a carbon copy of yesterday," County Fire Chief Tom Franklin said, noting that wind gusts were measured yesterday at up to 70 mph. "There's nothing you can do at that point." He also dismissed any notion that there is a lack of urgency among firefighters or officials, pointing out that approximately 1,400 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze. "The bulk of these people are...