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  • Kern County fire evacuees struggle with another trauma — uncertainty

    Kern County fire evacuees struggle with another trauma — uncertainty

    Tensions were running high Sunday morning at Kernville Elementary School, where dozens of evacuees camped out over the weekend as a massive wildfire continued to burn out of control in Kern County. Robert Larsen sat by himself outside the school, drinking coffee. "I want to go home," said the 34-year-old...

  • Drones force firefighters to temporarily halt air assault on wildfire

    Drones force firefighters to temporarily halt air assault on wildfire

    A wildfire that has scorched more than 5,200 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains above Duarte and Azusa was 62% contained as of early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The San Gabriel Complex fire is actually two fires that started on Monday — the Reservoir fire and the Fish...

  • Wildfires across California consume nearly 60,000 acres

    Wildfires across California consume nearly 60,000 acres

    Six wildfires were burning across California on Saturday, consuming nearly 60,000 acres. More than 4,500 firefighters were battling the fires, which stretched from the Klammath National Forest in Northern California to the Mexican border in San Diego County, according to the California Department...

  • Kern County's destructive wildfire was driven by 50- to 60-mph winds and fed by dry grass

    Kern County's destructive wildfire was driven by 50- to 60-mph winds and fed by dry grass

    As David Brinsfield headed up to a wildfire that had just been reported on the edge of Lake Isabella late Thursday afternoon, he listened to the radio chatter. “I hear two acres. Then within 20 minutes or less, it’s 200 acres,” said Brinsfield, a federal fire management officer.  “Something’s wrong,”...

  • Kern County officials investigating possible third fatality in massive wildfire

    Kern County officials investigating possible third fatality in massive wildfire

    As a massive wildfire in Kern County continued to burn out of control Saturday, sheriff’s officials said they may have found the remains of a third person killed in the fire. “We’ve located what we believe are human remains,” said sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt. “We are treating it like a crime...

  • San Gabriel Complex fire is nearly half-contained; Chantry Flats recreation area reopens

    San Gabriel Complex fire is nearly half-contained; Chantry Flats recreation area reopens

    Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Saturday on a wildfire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains above Duarte and Azusa, with evacuations lifted and a popular recreation area reopened. The San Gabriel Complex fire — actually two fires, the Reservoir fire and the Fish fire, which started in...

  • Videos show how deadly Erskine fire exploded into inferno

    Videos show how deadly Erskine fire exploded into inferno

    The fire that has burned more than 100 homes spread with lightning speed Thursday night, fueled by wind, heat and many dead trees. Videos taken of the Erskine fire show how it devoured so much land so quickly – nearly 30 square miles in less than 20 hours. The blaze’s path has been marked by ruin:...

  • Wildfire burns more than 30,000 acres, prompting state of emergency; 2 dead, 100 structures lost

    Wildfire burns more than 30,000 acres, prompting state of emergency; 2 dead, 100 structures lost

    Fire officials confirmed two fatalities Friday in a fast-moving fire near Lake Isabella that has scorched more than 30,000 acres and destroyed 100 structures. As of Friday evening, the blaze was 5% contained. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for Kern County, a move that helps more quickly...

  • 50 to 60 homes burn in fast-moving brush fire in Kern County

    50 to 60 homes burn in fast-moving brush fire in Kern County

    An estimated 50 to 60 homes burned Thursday evening in a fast-moving fire that broke out in a rural area of Kern County, the most destructive blaze in a week of brush fires across Southern and Central California. The Erskine fire was burning off Erskine Creek Road just south of Highway 178, near...

  • Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    A short respite from triple-digit heat allowed crews battling several wildfires in Southern California to block the flames from destroying homes this week, but dangerous red flag fire conditions have returned, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Temperatures in the Los Angeles, Ventura...

  • Proposed 'green' music festival stirs environmental skirmish

    Proposed 'green' music festival stirs environmental skirmish

    A proposal to stage “the world’s greenest music festival” in the San Fernando Valley’s Sepulveda Dam Basin has left local environmentalists at odds, pitting activist against activist in a dispute over the future stability of the urban oasis. Environmentalists are arguing over the potential impacts...

  • As the San Gabriel Complex fire keeps burning, some Duarte residents return home

    As the San Gabriel Complex fire keeps burning, some Duarte residents return home

    With the Fish fire burning uncomfortably close, Roger Bosch and his wife fled their Duarte home Monday, unsure if they’d ever again see their picturesque neighborhood with its two-story houses backed right up to the canyon.  “When we drove away, I thought we had a 50/50 chance of seeing our house...

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