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November 2, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Southern California has been hit by hot, dry winds, causing several brush fires and cutting off power to 12,000 Southern California Edison customers. Several brush fires have been reported including one in the hills above Brea and another on the San Diego County-Mexico border. A fire in a two-acre field in Riverside County damaged three nearby homes before it was largely extinguished Wednesday morning. Cheri Patterson of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection gave details to KTLA-Channel 5. About 60 firefighters fought the blaze that began just after 9 a.m. off Van Buren Boulevard at Bellegrave Avenue in Glen Avon, Patterson said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures. The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people to avoid the area, according to tweets from @CHPSouthern. Authorities initially said they would evacuate some people in the area, but shortly before 2:30 p.m. decided that no evacuations were necessary "at this time," according to Los Angeles County fire officials.
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July 14, 2010 | Steve Chawkins and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Brush fires burned across parched hillsides in three Southern California counties Tuesday, briefly threatening homes in Walnut and Camarillo and scorching at least 2,700 acres at Camp Pendleton. The wildfires came as the region basked under sunny skies and warm weather after experiencing gloomy conditions and lower-than-normal temperatures for much of July. "This was our first warm day," said Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Ron Oatman. In the Camarillo and Walnut blazes, fire officials credited aggressive tactics and vigilant brush clearance by residents with helping crews beat back flames.
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February 16, 2014 | By Nicole Charky
Several homes were briefly evacuated Sunday when a brush fire that started in a nearby neighborhood charred a roughly two-acre hillside near Forest Lawn in Glendale, officials said. The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Adams Hills neighborhood southeast of Forest Lawn, said Brandy Villanueva of the Glendale Fire Department. The blaze was knocked down by 1:10 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation, she said. "During the fire fight we did evacuate 10 homes, but those evacuation orders have been lifted," she said.
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August 30, 2011 | By Tony Perry and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Brush fires broke out in three Southern California counties Monday, scorching hundreds of acres, forcing the evacuation of several dozen homes and threatening other structures. A blaze near the Pala American Indian reservation in northern San Diego County had burned more than 300 acres. Thirty-five homes were under evacuation orders and 605 firefighters were on the fire line, officials said Monday night. Meanwhile, two other fires in the region were contained as crews worked in triple-digit temperatures to beat back flames.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Fire crews appear to have gotten the better of two large brush fires that broke out this week in the Southland: the Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa and the Sierra fire smoldering in Cajon Pass. As of early Thursday morning, the Madre fire was 90% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Sierra fire, meanwhile, was 80% contained. The 268-acre Madre fire broke out Monday in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39 in steep terrain that made it difficult for ground crews to reach.
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June 9, 1985
Los Angeles County fire crews put out four brush fires Saturday, all within 10 miles of each other in the the Valencia and Newhall areas. A Fire Department spokesman said that arson is suspected in each of the blazes. A crew of 200 firefighters aided by three helicopters knocked down the largest of the fires at 6:15 p.m. after it burned for nearly two hours and consumed 20 acres of brush east of the Golden State Freeway near Calgrove Boulevard in Valencia, spokesman Charlie Gibson said.
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October 28, 1996
As surely as fall follows summer, the Santa Anas will bring low humidity, high winds and firestorms to Southern California. Just as surely they will be accompanied by death, devastation, floods and mudslides. That is, unless we do far more to prevent the preventable. Fire is a natural part of Southern California's ecology. It is essential to heat the seed pods of chaparral so they can burst and continue to propagate on our hillsides. This need not be accomplished by only accidental and chaotic means.
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May 20, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A brush fire burned 1,800 acres south of Gorman on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of about 3,000 people from a campground and recreation area and a handful of homes, officials said. As of 8 p.m., the blaze was 30% contained, said Capt. Mike Brown of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire began about 2 p.m. just off southbound Interstate 5 near Gorman Post Road, Brown said, and was being attacked by water-dropping helicopters and more than 200 firefighters.
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April 2, 1993 | Associated Press
About 120 firefighters battled two wind-whipped brush fires that had burned a total of about 370 acres of brush in Riverside County by nightfall Thursday. Both fires broke out shortly before 2 p.m. in a sparsely populated area near the Thermal Airport, said fire dispatcher Brad Casady.
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January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
About five dozen firefighters have been dispatched to a brush fire that broke out in the hills above Glendora near the edge of the Angeles National Forest early Thursday morning. The fire started just before 6 a.m. near the intersection of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Trail Motorway, said Miguel Ornelas of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Ornelas said that although the blaze was technically in Glendora, forest crews were also joining in the fight. UPDATE: 3 people in custody in connection with wildfire   There was no immediate estimate of the size of the fire or when crews might have it under control.  The fire comes as the National Weather Service extended red flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 3 p.m. Friday with extremely low humidity worsening already tinder-dry conditions.  The circumstances are such that if a fire were to ignite, "there could be rapid spread of wildfire," the weather service warned Thursday.
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January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Pyramid Lake was contained Thursday before resources from the much larger Colby fire burning above Glendora had to be used, authorities said. The Pyramid Lake fire, reported at about 11:06 a.m., was burning near the intersection of the northbound 5 Freeway and Highway 138,  Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Tony Akins said. After callers reported smoke in the area, crews soon discovered a trailer that was well-involved in fire that had spread to neighboring brush, but that had only burned less than a half-acre, officials said.
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January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles firefighters were responding Tuesday afternoon to a brush fire that had scorched about two acres and was burning near structures in Pacific Palisades. No evacuations had been ordered for the blaze, and the threat to structures was "minimal," the Los Angeles Fire Department said. An LAFD spokesman said wind was not a factor. Crews on the ground were being aided by at least one water-dropping helicopter. The blaze was burning in the hillside near the 14000 block of Pacific Coast Highway.
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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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December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire burning near the Santa Susana pass in the Simi Valley area was 20% contained Thursday morning, but crews will still have to contend with strong winds and dry conditions in order to finish putting out the flames. The fire broke out Thursday evening near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to help at around 10:40 p.m., but they have since returned, said Katherine Main of the department.  The Sheriff's Department said full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Thursday and that some road closures were still in effect including: Santa Susana Pass Road between Box Canyon and Rocky Peak roads and the Rocky Peak Road exits from the 118 Freeway are closed in both directions.
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December 25, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Firefighters early Thursday were battling a brush fire near the Santa Susana pass and were urging people to avoid the area. The fire broke out near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Other agencies, including the Los Angeles Fire Department , were helping fight the blaze, which was being fanned by winds, officials said. The fire could been seen from the 118 Freeway. It's unclear whether homes were threatened.
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November 6, 1987 | Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKynff, Nancy Reed, Henry Rivero, Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
It's been 20 years since the disastrous Paseo Grande fire swept through nearly 50,000 acres in Orange County. Fueled by a Santa Ana wind, the fire took one life, destroyed 46 homes and 11 other structures and caused the greatest evacuation of residents in the county's history. Residents of Santa Ana Canyon, Villa Park, Cowan Heights, Lemon Heights and Black Star Canyon were roused in the dark to evacuation on Halloween weekend, 1967.
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August 13, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Riverside County firefighters battled two separate brush fires Saturday that scorched about 250 acres but threatened no homes. The first blaze erupted shortly after 3 p.m. on a rural hillside near the unincorporated area of Snow Creek about 12 miles west of Palm Springs, officials said. Flames charred about 150 acres, but no injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. By 9 p.m., the fire was about 25% contained, officials said.
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November 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire that scorched about seven acres in the Cajon Pass and forced authorities to close two lanes of the 15 Freeway was 25% contained Tuesday night. About 180 firefighters, aided by a helicopter that was making nighttime water drops, were battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The California Highway Patrol said that one lane of the freeway remained closed and might not reopen until Wednesday morning. The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. north of the Kenwood Avenue exit and briefly threatened homes.
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