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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Firefighters are responding to a 2-acre brush fire along the 405 Freeway in Mission Hills. The blaze was reported about 1:51 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a statement. The blaze was burning along the northbound 405 at Devonshire Street, not far from the intersection of the 405 and 118 Freeways. It sent a large plume of black smoke into the air, according to several photos posted by observers on Twitter. Some lanes of the northbound 405 between Devonshire and Chatsworth streets were closed as firefighters battled the blaze, the California Highway Patrol said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A wildfire in Big Sur that has burned more than 900 acres and destroyed two dozen homes is nearly contained, with crews aided by a short burst of wintry weather on Thursday. The Pfeiffer fire was 88% contained by Thursday night after having burned 937 acres, according to the  U.S. Forest Service. Full containment of the blaze, which started overnight Monday  near Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, was expected Friday. With more than 1,000 firefighters getting a better grip on the blaze, many were being sent back home, local media reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews fighting a wildfire in Big Sur hoped to seize on improving weather conditions to gain an upper hand on the largely uncontrolled blaze. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, had grown only slightly overnight Monday to 550 acres, but it was only 5% contained, officials said. PHOTOS: Big Sur fire rages uncontrolled As of Tuesday, about 100 people had been forced to evacuate near state Highway 1 after the blaze destroyed at least 15 homes, including one that belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BIG SUR, Calif. - It's a season that residents in this storied coastal community of rugged hills and spiritual beauty normally associate with floods, not fire. But as a fine rain of ash fell on the northern stretch of Big Sur on Tuesday, old-timers, new-timers and business owners took it all in with a fierce resolve to help one another, as they have in just about every other disaster. And there have been plenty. The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, grew to 769 acres Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez said at an afternoon community meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A fire tore through an apartment building in Echo Park early Thursday, killing two people, injuring four and displacing 25 others, officials said. The fire - on two separate floors of the building - was deemed "suspicious" and appeared to have been intentionally set, according to Capt. Jaime Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters responded to the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Sunset Boulevard, about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Moorpark spread to at least 50 acres early Tuesday, although no structures were threatened and no injuries had been reported. Dubbed the Happy Camp fire, the blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. and was burning near Happy Camp Canyon Road and east of the Rustic Canyon Golf Course north of the 118Freeway, said Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire Department. No evacuations or full road closures had been ordered as firefighters tried to get the upper hand on the blaze's western front in the predawn hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Tuolumne County official said this week that federal prosecutors have "privately declared" their intention to charge a hunter who earlier this year sparked the Rim fire, the third-largest in state history. Tuolumne County District Atty. Michael Knowles said federal authorities long ago completed their investigation into the cause, origin and who was responsible for the blaze, which started on Aug. 17 and burned 402 square miles across the Yosemite and Stanislaus National forests.
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December 4, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - The 19 firefighters who perished when 40-foot flames overtook them in a rocky canyon near Prescott in June were the victims of poor planning and bad communication, forced into a losing battle to protect structures and pasturelands that were "indefensible," a state safety commission concluded Wednesday. The Arizona State Forestry Division, responsible for managing the Yarnell Hill fire, now faces a $559,000 fine, one of the largest such fines ever levied in the state. A report prepared by independent consultants to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health found that members of the Granite Mountain hotshot team were called on to fight the fast-moving blaze outside the town of Yarnell with inadequate briefing, no good maps and radios that left them without good communication with incident commanders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Four firefighters, including one who fell through a roof, were seriously injured Thursday while battling a blaze at a commercial building in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said the four firefighters were hospitalized in serious condition but were expected to survive their injuries.  The fire broke out about 3:20 a.m. at the building in Historic South-Central at 943 East 31st Street.  It took nearly 100 firefighters about an hour to knock down the blaze, Main said, adding that there had been a partial roof collapse.  "One firefighter did fall through the roof," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles Fire Department captain was injured in a fall Wednesday evening as about 100 firefighters battled a huge blaze raging at a home in Encino, according to preliminary information from an agency spokesman. The captain was transported to a hospital, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott told The Times.  A second captain and another firefighter were also injured and taken to hospitals. All three received injuries that were not life-threatening, the LAFD said. Flames tore through the roof of the three-story home and thick clouds of smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters battled the blaze, according to television news footage.
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