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September 5, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN and CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writers
The dry weather and hot winds that brought scorching heat to Southern California on Sunday also fanned a rash of fires that damaged 21 homes in San Diego, blackened more than 5,700 acres in Riverside and Ventura counties and caused problems in Orange and Los Angeles counties. A 600-acre brush fire in the San Carlos section of San Diego brought more than 150 firefighters to the battle lines. They fought for almost 24 hours before containing the blaze near Cowles Mountain at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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June 27, 2000 | KATIE COOPER and TRACI ISAACS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A fire fueled by dry grass burned more than 400 acres of brushland Monday, injuring five firefighters and touching off a separate blaze around an underground oil pipeline. The fire started near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties about 2 p.m. when crews clearing grass along California 126 hit a rock with a weed cutter and created a spark, officials said.
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October 30, 1993 | MACK REED and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand late Friday over the 4-day-old Thousand Oaks brush fire in eastern Ventura County, just west of the San Fernando Valley, and investigators revealed two developments in the hunt for an arsonist who set the Chatsworth fire earlier in the week.
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August 4, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The two Ojai teenagers who admitted starting a devastating 4,300-acre brush fire last December were sentenced Thursday to 1,000 hours of community service with the Fire Department, $150 a month each in restitution for at least five years, and five years' probation. Brett Schwermer and Jonathan Barrett, both 18, were spared jail time and looked relieved in court Thursday.
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July 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County's largest brush fire this season has been contained, but steady winds prompted authorities to keep more than 100 firefighters posted around the perimeter through early Saturday night. The blaze, which officials say started when two boys ignited fireworks in a dry field in Thousand Oaks, began Friday afternoon and burned 275 acres before it was contained about nine hours later.
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December 27, 2000 | TIMOTHY HUGHES and JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four teenagers apparently out for a late-night joy ride were arrested on suspicion of starting a 600-acre fire that swept within 100 feet of million-dollar homes Tuesday before being contained 16 hours later, authorities said. Ventura County sheriff's deputies arrested Chad Montagnino, 18, of Westlake Village, a 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks, and two 16-year-old boys from Agoura Hills in connection with the fire, which broke out at 2:26 a.m.
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April 26, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A dearth of winter rain has left wild vegetation so dry that the brush fire season is starting earlier than usual, according to fire officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. "It's here early and we can see it," said Bill Wright, vegetation officer for the Ventura County Fire Department. Wright and officials in Los Angeles County, who weigh hillside vegetation and packs of 100-gram wooden dowels to determine moisture content, say the brush is drier now than it ordinarily would be in spring.
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November 2, 1993 | ERIC MALNIC and JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to return today, and police and firefighters will be on special patrol across Southern California to deter arsonists who might try to take advantage of the dangerous fire conditions, officials said Monday. Arsonists were blamed for at least six of last week's devastating fires. No suspects have been arrested yet in any of those blazes, and investigators fear that some may attempt to strike again today.
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December 26, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Strong winds fanned two brush fires Monday in Southern California, while a Christmas candle started a blaze that left a Ventura family without a home. No one was reported injured in any of the blazes. Pushed by 20-mph winds, flames blackened 200 acres near the Antelope Valley Freeway in Agua Dulce in northern Los Angeles County before being brought under control at dusk, fire officials said. The blaze broke out about 3:25 p.m.
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October 30, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG and JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Santa Ana winds gusting up to 50 m.p.h. swept parts of the Southland on Sunday, fanning several brush fires, one of which charred 4,000 sparsely populated acres and destroyed two homes near Malibu. The winds also tossed a Coast Guard rescue crew overboard in rough seas. At the Point Mugu Naval Air Station, which held its annual air show Sunday despite the wind, spokeswoman Eve Miller said: "It was very, very, very windy. We had tents and things that were blown over during the night.
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