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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire that scorched a huge swath of Sierra Nevada forests also severely altered the habitat that is home to several of California's rarest animals: the great gray owl, the Sierra Nevada red fox and the Pacific fisher. The fire burned 257,000 acres of High Sierra wilderness straddling the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park that harbors a geographically isolated and genetically distinct clan of roughly 200 great gray owls. The blaze also came within 12 miles of 10 breeding pairs of the subspecies of red fox clinging to survival in the cold, steep slopes above the tree line, raising fears they could have been eaten by coyotes trying to escape the smoke and flames.
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October 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When it comes to the star-crossed love of Romeo and Juliet, whether you use the language of Shakespeare or the discourse of Twitter, the passion must be scorching, the angst and the irony feuding, the desire unquenchable, the deaths unending. Anything less and you're left with an ordinary affair of the teenage heart. The newest "Romeo & Juliet" rendering, with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the desperately devoted, is something else entirely. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles firefighters were battling a greater-alarm structure fire Wednesday night in the West Adams neighborhood. The roof of the building in the 4000 block of West Jefferson Boulevard had collapsed as firefighters blasted huge streams of water onto the flames. More than 100 Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze, the agency said. They were trying to prevent flames from reaching adjacent structures, according to news footage. The blaze was largely contained late Wednesday but not extinguished, the LAFD said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
More than 100 firefighters are battling a large blaze Sunday in Silverado, an unincorporated area of southeast Orange County, authorities said. The fire started about 10:10 a.m. in a large mulch pile at a nursery in the 27900 block of Baker Canyon Road, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. The area is near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest. Concialdi said the fire spread despite efforts to keep the flames in check. He said the blaze was driven by steady Santa Ana winds of about 10 mph and that conditions were dry, with relative humidity at a low 7%. About 125 firefighters were battling the flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A firefighter suffered minor injuries and one building was damaged Sunday as a blaze charred 30 acres in Silverado, an unincorporated area of southeast Orange County, authorities said. The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment to his ankle, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. He said the damaged structure was an outbuilding. No homes are threatened, Concialdi said, and authorities hope to keep the so-called Baker fire to less than 100 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Each afternoon the fire's thunderous plume rose. At night, helicopter crews at the Crane Flat lookout watched a line of orange burning across the horizon. The line kept drawing closer. By the last week of August, every effort to halt the Rim fire before it moved deeper into the national park had failed. The blaze now had a clear path to the Tuolumne and Merced groves of giant sequoia, and the Rockefeller grove, one of the last stands of giant sugar pine untouched by logging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The number of homes destroyed by the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County more than doubled Wednesday to 68 after firefighters were able to better assess the area, officials said. The fire has also destroyed 128 outbuildings, Cal Fire spokesman David Ballard said. For most of the week, firefighters had thought the fire destroyed 30 homes, he added. “That was kind of a shocker to us,” he said. The wind-driven Clover fire has been burning near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, since Monday afternoon when it started near Cloverdale Road, Cal Fire officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A man whose body was found this week within the perimeter of the Clover fire in Shasta County refused to evacuate as the fire moved closer to his home, officials said. Authorities on Tuesday discovered the burned remains of Brian Stanley Henry, 56, while conducting a welfare check on rural Coal Pit Road, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. Henry lived in a motor home on property where his father lived in a house, said Mark Lillibridge, chief deputy coroner for the sheriff's office.  Henry's body was found within the motor home, which was destroyed by the fire, Lillibridge said.
NATIONAL
September 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
About 400 firefighters continued to battle a blaze along the New Jersey shore Thursday evening, with Gov. Chris Christie reporting that the blaze had destroyed some areas. Seaside Park -- a community about 80 miles south of New York City with a year-round population of about 2,200 -- was still recovering from the wrath of Superstorm Sandy when the fire began around 3:30 p.m., reportedly in an ice cream shop. Officials would not speculate on the cause of the fire, which swept northward along the boardwalk with the help of 40 mph wind gusts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Northern California conservationist group has launched a campaign to help restore lands near Yosemite National Park scorched by the massive Rim fire, campaign organizers announced Tuesday. Leaders of the Tuolumne River Trust plan to meet with state lawmakers and local business leaders to gather funds to restore Tuolumne River watershed, which serves millions of Bay Area residents and was severely burned through by the blaze. About 96% of the Rim fire is within the watershed, said Eric Wesselman, the trust's executive director.
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