September 21, 1988 |
Firefighters set up a wall of fire trucks Tuesday to save about 50 rural homes from a wind-awakened arson blaze that ravaged 20,000 acres of brush and grass northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Officials said a ridge and the trucks were expected to prevent damage to the homes evacuated Monday night when the wind kicked up, gusting to 50 m.p.h. About 500 people fled when the flames roared toward the homes in a Vaca Valley rural development about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco Bay.
July 31, 1989 |
Evacuees from Auberry--including 153 elderly convalescent patients--were allowed to go home Sunday, while firefighters wrestled with the stubborn inferno that plagued surrounding Sierra foothill communities and massed to battle a growing blaze in steep terrain 25 miles away.
June 3, 1987 |
California's long, hot weekend of fires that scorched watershed and destroyed property from one end of the state to the other appeared to be winding down Tuesday, but one official warned that the 1987 fire season could be the worst in the state's history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1996 |
Legions of exhausted firefighters have headed home after halting one of Los Angeles County's worst fires in years. But the work is just starting for Glenn Harris, one of the scientists in a damage-assessment team dispatched to the area. Harris, who has been evaluating fire damage for 22 years with the federal Bureau of Land Management, needed hardly more than a quick look to conclude that there is plenty to worry about. "This is really a tough nut.
August 7, 1989 |
About 9,000 firefighters bolstered by Army troops battled brush and timber blazes in remote areas of Idaho on Sunday amid forecasts of stronger winds, unstable air and even lightning, which caused most of the wildfires raging through some 90,000 acres in the state. About 700 soldiers from Ft. Carson, Colo., arrived Saturday night in Boise for firefighting assignments, and an additional 500 soldiers from Ft. Riley, Kan., were due today.
July 30, 1987 |
A wind-whipped brush and timber fire in and around this Alpine County town blackened about 3,000 acres and destroyed as many as 26 homes on Wednesday, officials said. Ronan Thornhill of the Nevada Division of Forestry said at least nine homes were destroyed, two were badly damaged and several outbuildings were consumed in the Mesa Vista subdivision outside the community. He said firefighters moved into Woodfords, just west of the Nevada state line, but had to pull out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2001 |
Two firefighters battling an 8,300-acre blaze that flared up in the north Sierra narrowly escaped injury when they took refuge under their emergency shelters, according to information released Saturday. No one was hurt. The pup-tent-like shelters are made of aluminum foil and fiberglass. They serve as a wildland firefighter's last line of defense in an extreme emergency.
August 13, 1988
The pilot of a light plane guiding other aircraft that were battling a 1,700-acre brush fire in the Sequoia National Forest was killed when his plane crashed Friday, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Officials withheld the identity of the pilot pending notification of relatives. They would not describe the 3 p.m. crash of the plane, which was guiding eight air tankers that were dropping retardant on the blaze 35 miles east of Bakersfield.
December 21, 1991 |
Fires in the 1991 season burned the fewest acres across California in recorded history, fire officials said Friday. Wildfires blackened just 24,698 acres that are protected by the California Department of Forestry. That is less acreage than in a single fire during many of California's fire sieges. The highest loss came in 1945, when 431,734 acres burned, according to the records that date back to 1944. The 1991 toll is about 80% below the five-year average of 118,738 acres annually.