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Explosive wildfire burning in Santa Cruz Mountains destroys 7 structures

A wildfire fueled by drought-stressed brush has charred 2,250 acres, destroyed seven structures and prompted residents to flee their homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose. Flames from the Loma fire have consumed a home and six outbuildings and damaged at least one other house since...

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  • California wildfires burn more than 50,000 acres as crews make gains on containment

    California wildfires burn more than 50,000 acres as crews make gains on containment

    A series of wildfires continued to burn throughout California on Tuesday as flames charred more than 50,000 acres and occupied the efforts of nearly 3,000 firefighters, authorities said.  The Erskine fire in Kern County, the largest of the fires, has burned 48,019 acres and claimed two lives since...

  • Pine fire continues to burn in wilderness area north of Ojai

    Pine fire continues to burn in wilderness area north of Ojai

    Hundreds of firefighters continued to battle a wildfire in the Sespe Wilderness north of Ojai on Sunday with no containment in sight. The Pine fire started Thursday morning about 11 miles north of Ojai. As of Sunday morning, the fire had consumed 1,590 acres and was threatening 50 structures, said...

  • Woman saves pet cockatiel, but home burned in fast-moving brush fire

    Woman saves pet cockatiel, but home burned in fast-moving brush fire

    The fire seemed to come out of nowhere and spread rapidly Saturday in a San Bernardino neighborhood. Resident Martha Hall told the San Bernardino Sun that she saw the flames rushing up the hill toward her home. She ran into her house, grabbed her pet cockatiel and fled. As she was leaving, she...

  • 5 homes burn, firefighters hurt in San Bernardino brush fire

    5 homes burn, firefighters hurt in San Bernardino brush fire

    A small but fast-moving fire on Saturday burned five homes in San Bernardino, prompting evacuations and the rapid deployment of 120 firefighters. The fire, which started at about 1:12 pm along West Kendall Drive, was burning south of Cal State San Bernardino and north of Interstate 215. The San...

  • 2,600 buildings threatened by Northern California wildfire, forcing residents to flee

    2,600 buildings threatened by Northern California wildfire, forcing residents to flee

    A wildfire burning in Northern California has grown to more than 1,500 acres and continues to threaten thousands of homes, forcing residents to flee, authorities said Thursday. The Trailhead fire broke out Tuesday along the middle fork of the American River near Todd Valley, about 50 miles northeast...

  • Brush fire forces closure of northbound I-15 in Victorville

    Brush fire forces closure of northbound I-15 in Victorville

    Most of the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 were closed in Victorville on Thursday after a brush fire ignited near the roadway. The fire broke out about 3:45 p.m. near the freeway onramp at Mariposa and Palmdale roads, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. By 5 p.m., the blaze...

  • Northern California wildfire swells to 1,000 acres

    Northern California wildfire swells to 1,000 acres

    Firefighters in Northern California battled a wildfire Wednesday that had ripped through 1,000 acres and threatened thousands of homes and other structures, forcing residents to flee. The Trailhead fire broke out Tuesday along the middle fork of the American River near Todd Valley, about 50 miles...

  • Husband appeared to be shielding his wife as wildfire reached their home. Both died

    Husband appeared to be shielding his wife as wildfire reached their home. Both died

    Bill Johnson always knew he was getting close to home when he saw the distinctive red barn-style house from across Lake Isabella.  The two-story home belonged to Byron McKaig, 81, an Anglican priest, and his 90-year-old wife, Gladys. On Friday morning, after the Erskine fire tore through the area,...

  • In fire-ravaged South Lake, residents wonder if more could have been done to save their homes

    In fire-ravaged South Lake, residents wonder if more could have been done to save their homes

    The flames may have destroyed Holly Lightner’s home, but she’s grateful that she still has South Lake. The 62-year-old former nurse has lived in the hamlet of retirees and low-income families near the southern shore of Lake Isabella since 1986. South Lake, she said, is the kind of place where the...

  • Nine California wildfires destroy almost 70,000 acres

    Nine California wildfires destroy almost 70,000 acres

    Nine wildfires continued to burn throughout California on Monday, as flames left nearly 70,000 acres scorched, and occupied the efforts of more than 5,000 firefighters, according to state and federal fire authorities. The deadly Erskine fire in Kern County is the largest of the fires and has so...

  • Brush fire near Laguna Beach is mostly contained after causing traffic jam

    Brush fire near Laguna Beach is mostly contained after causing traffic jam

    Firefighters have mostly contained a brush fire in Laguna Canyon that had grown to about 50 acres, prompting a traffic jam and two park closures, officials said Sunday.  The fire was about 60% contained, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito. Crews will continue to work to extinguish...

  • 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...

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