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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Dry conditions and a return of Santa Ana winds prompted red flag warnings Friday by the National Weather Service for Los Angeles and six other counties, an indication of added fire risks. The warnings, which took effect at noon in mountain areas of L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura and Kern counties, are expected to last until at least 6 p.m. Sunday. Winds of up to 75 mph are expected.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Forest Service firefighting managers, worried about forecast Santa Ana winds kicking up another round of wildfires later this week, have begun to move aircraft, fire engines and personnel into battle positions and even ordered some firefighters to scrap Thanksgiving plans. But the National Weather Service on Saturday said the hot, dry offshore winds initially forecast to begin Tuesday will be milder than expected, if they show at all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
LA JOLLA INDIAN RESERVATION -- With rain clouds gathering nearby, key officials in the post-fire recovery efforts for Southern California said Saturday that they're racing to take steps to prevent erosion and mudslides. The Witch, Poomacha and Rice fires that struck northern San Diego County last month scorched steep hillsides and hilltops, increasing the chances that rain will create muddy runoff that could endanger homes and clog streams and culverts, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Robert J. Lopez and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
SAN DIEGO -- As this county burned, firefighters confronted a familiar reality: too few resources and not enough personnel to effectively make a stand. San Diego officials say fire conditions Monday would have overwhelmed even a larger, better equipped firefighting force. They point to progress made in the four years since the devastating Cedar and Paradise fires, including a better communications system, more air support and an automated evacuation call system. But little else has changed.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2007 | Carol Eisenberg, Newsday
Somewhere on Long Island, in an undisclosed location, sits a replica of the trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Except that this one is eerily silent. Here, in this 46,000-square-foot site in Nassau County, with tiered trading pits for crude oil, natural gas, gold, silver and other commodities, the engines of capitalism will continue thrumming if a catastrophe should shutter lower Manhattan.
NATIONAL
September 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An hour after New Orleans officials opened shelters, warned of possible power outages and urged calm ahead of a threatening tropical depression, the system moved inland hundreds of miles away, and forecasters canceled the warning that had authorities on alert. Under partly cloudy, pale-blue skies, some in this city devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago wondered if it was a bit much.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
At 10 a.m. Saturday, police officers raced up the winding, narrow streets of Park Oak Drive in the Hollywood Hills, airing screeching sirens and shouting brush-fire evacuation orders over loudspeakers. Yes, this was a large, highly organized drill to test the city's capacity to evacuate a hillside neighborhood of 400 homes. Yes, nearly three months ago Griffith Park was ablaze in what could be the worst year for brush fires in many seasons.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned that the nation's largest city needed to be prepared for a hurricane powerful enough to cause serious flooding in Lower Manhattan and elsewhere in the city. "It's always a little odd being in New York and talking about hurricanes," Chertoff said after touring a new command center at the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn. The city typically experiences a hurricane about every 90 years.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Many people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Hurricane Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
So much for the authority of local officials. Just half of Los Angeles County residents would immediately follow local government officials' instructions to evacuate if terrorists attacked, according to a report by the Department of Health Services to be released today. One-third of those surveyed said they would want more information before they complied with government orders to relocate to a nearby school during a terrorist attack.
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