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Read more: Drought increases risk of destructive mudflows during El Niño storms The U.S. Geological Survey has studied select fire burn areas to determine their vulnerability to flash floods and debris flows. Using burn severity, soil properties, rainfall data based on a 25-year storm and a number...

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  • Falling rock seriously injures female inmate firefighter at Malibu brush fire

    Falling rock seriously injures female inmate firefighter at Malibu brush fire

    A female inmate helping to battle a Malibu wildfire was critically injured Thursday when she was struck by a large, rolling rock, according to a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The 22-year-old inmate, who was based at Malibu Conservation Camp #13, on Encinal...

  • Camarillo brushfire fed by Santa Ana winds threatens structures

    Firefighters in Ventura County were coping with strong winds as they battled a brush fire Sunday night that was threatening buildings. The blaze broke out about 8:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Avenida De Aprisa in Camarillo, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. By 8:40 p.m., the two-alarm...

  • El Niño rainstorms improving wildfire conditions throughout California, fire agency says

    El Niño rainstorms improving wildfire conditions throughout California, fire agency says

    Higher-than-normal rainfall associated with El Niño has diminished the risk of wildfires in California for the next four months, according to a national fire agency report. However, those same rains ultimately could trigger an uptick in grass fires at lower elevations because of a heavy grass crop...

  • Small brush fire extinguished at Costa Mesa park

    Small brush fire extinguished at Costa Mesa park

    Crews doused a small brush fire Tuesday morning about two hours after it broke out in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa, according to authorities. Firefighters originally had trouble getting to the blaze, which started near a homeless encampment close to Victoria Pond in the southern portion...

  • Residents of mudslide-prone Silverado Canyon brace for an El Niño winter

    Residents of mudslide-prone Silverado Canyon brace for an El Niño winter

    Deanna Spangler was manning the cash register last week at the Silverado Canyon Market while her fiance and the co-owner of the business, Jeff Hoagland, was pushing water out the back door. He seemed to think the problem stemmed from a bad gutter, and with a creek running behind the shop, the couple,...

  • A steady conveyor belt of El Niño storms is what has officials concerned

    A steady conveyor belt of El Niño storms is what has officials concerned

    To understand the power and potential dangers of El Niño, look at satellite images of the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. At least four storms were brewing — the farthest still getting going in Asia — and all aimed at California. It's this pattern, a series of back-to-back-to-back storms seemingly arriving...

  • Ventura County brush fire is 75% contained; the cause was arcing power lines

    Ventura County brush fire is 75% contained; the cause was arcing power lines

    A Ventura County brush fire that quickly grew to more than 1,200 acres, prompted mandatory evacuations and temporarily forced the closure of a section of Pacific Coast Highway is now about 75% contained, officials said Sunday. Strong winds fueled the Solimar fire north of Ventura overnight, flaring...

  • Simi Valley wildfire stops growing as full containment nears

    Simi Valley wildfire stops growing as full containment nears

    Firefighters in Ventura County were expected to have a wildfire in Simi Valley fully contained by Thursday morning, officials said. The Banister fire ignited about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near Banister Way and Wood Ranch Parkway, near the city’s border with Thousand Oaks. Encouraged by dry, steady...

  • Fast-moving brush fire burns in Simi Valley

    Fast-moving brush fire burns in Simi Valley

    Firefighters in Simi Valley were planning to work overnight Wednesday to battle a fast-moving wildfire that had swiftly spread to 40 acres. The Banister fire ignited about 5:30 p.m. near Banister Way and Wood Ranch Parkway, near the city's border with Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County...

  • Ventura County firefighters battle wind-fueled blazes

    Ventura County firefighters battle wind-fueled blazes

    Ventura County fire personnel on Saturday were battling a 50-acre brush fire south of Thousand Oaks. The Potrero fire, near Trentwood Drive and Potrero Road, was 80% contained as of 6:20 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department. No evacuations were ordered. See the most-read stories...

  • Gibraltar fire in Santa Barbara County is 50% contained; evacuation warnings lifted

    Gibraltar fire in Santa Barbara County is 50% contained; evacuation warnings lifted

    Evacuation warnings were lifted Friday morning for several Santa Barbara County communities near a 50-acre brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, officials said. The Gibraltar fire was 50% contained, said Helen Tarbet, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service. Officials initally said the...

  • Strong winds deliver a blow to a dry Southland

    Strong winds deliver a blow to a dry Southland

    Gusty winds reaching up to 50 mph whipped California on Thursday, fanning the flames of a wildfire in the hills above Santa Barbara County and felling power lines and trees across the Southland. The strong northerly winds — which knocked out power to nearly 7,000 Los Angeles Department of Water...

  • Brush fire in Santa Barbara County grows to nearly 70 acres as powerful winds blow

    Brush fire in Santa Barbara County grows to nearly 70 acres as powerful winds blow

    A blaze burning in the Santa Barbara County hills grew to nearly 70 acres Thursday as powerful winds howled through the region. An air tanker dropped about 1,200 gallons of retardant on the rapidly spreading Gibraltar fire. Winds reaching up to 15 mph halted operations for at least two other planes...

  • Gov. Brown's link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

    Gov. Brown's link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

    The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The wilderness fire was "a real wake-up call" to reduce the carbon pollution "that is in many...

  • 3 suspects held in slaying of popular tantra yoga teacher

    3 suspects held in slaying of popular tantra yoga teacher

    Steve Carter was a well-known tantra yoga teacher. Students credited him with improving their romantic relationships by teaching tantra, a philosophy of meditation, yoga and sexuality famously embraced by rock star Sting. Several days ago, Carter, 67, went on a hike at a Marin County scenic trail...

  • Dispensaries offer free marijuana to Valley fire victims in Northern California

    Dispensaries offer free marijuana to Valley fire victims in Northern California

    Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are giving patients affected by a hugely destructive wildfire up to $200 in free cannabis per patient for the next week. Through Oct. 7, two marijuana-related product companies, Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts, are offering free products...

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