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July 24, 2009 | Mike Anton
He's a war hero who became a media mogul, celebrity pitchman, pop icon and philanthropist. He's so famous he was given his own ZIP Code, 20252, to handle the fan mail. He is 65 years old but has no intention of retiring. In fact, he looks fitter than ever. Working outdoors with a shovel will do that. Smokey Bear was born in August 1944, sired by a committee of ad men and government bureaucrats hoping to safeguard a key war material: wood.
July 11, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
The grief-numbed parents of Hermosillo buried their babies and waited for answers. When none came, they marched. When they got desperate, they traveled the thousand miles to Mexico City and marched some more. They carried banners with photos of their children -- 48 in all -- killed when fire tore through a crowded day-care center named ABC. More than a month after the June 5 blaze in the northern state of Sonora, satisfying answers are in short supply.
May 6, 2009 | Martha Groves and Tony Perry
In the gusty predawn hours of Oct. 21, 2007, portions of three wooden utility poles in Malibu Canyon snapped and fell to the ground. Sparks from live electrical wires ignited dry brush, creating an inferno that raced down the canyon into the Civic Center area, destroying 14 structures and 36 vehicles.
March 6, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Troubled by recent wildfire deaths in Australia, California fire chiefs have put on hold an ambitious new firefighting model that would encourage some homeowners to stay and fight advancing flames. Proposed guidelines for the program could be delayed for months, and perhaps scratched altogether, as California fire officials look closely at what went wrong in Australia, said Bob Roper, vice chairman of Firescope, the statewide fire panel considering the change.
February 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
As a wildfire headed toward Mountain View Estates mobile home park near Chatsworth several years ago, the emergency response of the park's manager and assistant manager was simple, Gary Gibson recalls: They left, leaving him and hundreds of other residents to fend for themselves. "They abandoned the park knowing the fire was bearing down on us," said Gibson, 62, who was later evacuated by sheriff's deputies. "It was a terrible thing to do, leaving the elderly and infirm behind to face that risk."
January 29, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles city fire inspectors said Wednesday that they have ordered the owners of at least 20 properties to remove supergraphics, the controversial multistory vinyl or plastic images stretched across the sides of buildings. Over the last month, 15 of the oversized images were removed after property owners were informed that their supergraphics posed a fire hazard, inspectors said. More than 100 other supergraphics are still under investigation.
January 12, 2009 | Tony Barboza and Stuart Pfeifer
Like many in his Yorba Linda neighborhood, David Ramocinski had complained for years about the erratic water supply that left sprinklers sputtering and shower heads trickling. When nothing but air came out of his faucets, he wondered if there would be enough to protect his hilltop house if the bone-dry brush that surrounded it ever caught fire.
December 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Fire officials in New Bedford, Mass., say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his porch set his house afire, causing up to $30,000 in damage. Fire Capt. Scott Kruger told the Standard-Times of New Bedford that no one was injured. Kruger said the man got too close to the building's wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. The homeowner won't be charged.
December 23, 2008 | Associated Press
Prosecutors castigated city officials Monday but declined to charge them with any crimes in the deaths of two firefighters at a ground zero skyscraper, despite repeated failures to detect hazards that turned the tower into a deathtrap. Three construction officials and a subcontractor that were dismantling the former Deutsche Bank tower when it burned in August 2007 were indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges. "Everybody who could have screwed up, screwed up here," New York County Dist.
December 3, 2008 | Tami Abdollah
Eight Santa Barbara County residents have been banned from all national forests for one year after pleading guilty last month in federal court to violating fire restrictions in Los Padres National Forest. They entered their pleas Nov. 21 in Santa Barbara and received fines ranging from $200 to $300 for crimes that included illegal target shooting, and "building, maintaining or attending" a campfire, said Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for Los Padres National Forest. She said the banned people banned are Joshua Braswell and Spencer Cook, both of Carpinteria; Giovanni Aceves, Tony Ascension-Merchorno, Noe Chora, Enrique Cortez, and Addy Peig, all of Santa Barbara; and Kyle Kauppinen, of Lompoc.
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