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August 26, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
GROVELAND, Calif. - On Day 10 of the Rim fire - even as the blaze scorched its way deeper into the northern end of Yosemite National Park - firefighters got their first small break Monday against massive forces of nature. As the fire reached higher elevations, climbing out of steep ravines, crews could take their stand on more level ground. Huge air tankers could finally drop retardant on accessible ridges. The fire has charred a swath of nearly 161,000 acres - including about 21,000 acres inside the park.
August 11, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Silver fire has grown to nearly 20,000 acres but firefighters believe they have a firm handle on the Riverside County blaze. As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 19,436 and was 75% contained.  A firefighter received minor injuries while battling the blaze Saturday, bringing the total number of those injured to eight, including one civilian who was badly burned. The fire, which started Wednesday, has destroyed 26 homes as it moves eastward over dry, rugged land south of Banning.
February 14, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Did the rulers of the ancient city of Teotihuacan dedicate their largest pyramid to the god of fire, the so-called old god with a signature beard and fire atop his head? Mexican archaeologists announced this week that a figure of the god, called Huehueteotl, was found in a covered pit at the apex of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, a popular archaeological site north of Mexico City. Excavations are ongoing, but the discovery suggests that a long-disappeared temple at the top of the pyramid was used to perform ritual offerings to the fire god, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement Monday.
August 29, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Bree Jensen remembers the terror of that knock on the door in the early morning hours of June 24, 2012. A sheriff's deputy said the Waldo Canyon wildfire was close and getting closer. Everyone in town was ordered to flee. She can still see the sickly orange glow in the sky two days later as the fire topped a nearby ridge and roared into a Colorado Springs neighborhood, killing two people and destroying 347 homes. Nearly 19,000 acres of pretty mountain forest were eventually turned to charred rubble.
May 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Five women killed in a bizarre limousine fire Saturday night in the Bay Area were part of a bachelorette party that included the bride-to-be, according to authorities and local media reports. The victims have not been identified, pending notification of relatives, authorities said. Four other women and the driver of vehicle managed to escaped the burning vehicle, which was crossing the San Mateo Bridge at the time. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Jose Mercury News that the limousine picked up the women in Oakland and was taking them to a hotel in Foster City as part of a bachelorette party.
February 2, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A fire that killed all but two members of a Kentucky family brought devastating grief but also overwhelming generosity, the family says. Country music group the Band Perry offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother, who died in Thursday's fire in Muhlenberg County. LaRae Watson, 35, and the children, ranging in age from 4 to 15, died in their single-story home in Depoy after an electric baseboard heater ignited nearby combustible material, Kentucky State Police Trooper Stuart Recke  told The Times . Watson's husband, Chad, 36, and one of their daughters, Kylie, 11, were the only survivors.
June 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Black Forest wildfire has become the most destructive in Colorado history, burning at least 360 homes, officials said Thursday. The fire is about 10 miles east of last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which had been the state's most destructive after killing two people and wiping out 346 homes. No injuries have been reported from the Black Forest fire, but one person is believed to be missing in the blaze -- one of four in the state. Officials said the cause is still undetermined for the Black Forest fire, which was reported about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
May 27, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A fast-moving wildfire in Santa Barbara County forced more than 1,000 campers to cut their holiday revelry short and evacuate Los Padres National Forest, officials said. About 125 residents were also asked to flee the White fire, which flared up in the mountains about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon. By early evening, the fire had grown to about 700 acres. No one was injured in the evacuation, and U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said no houses burned and residents were expected to be able to return home late Monday after the fire burned through.
October 4, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- A man lit himself on fire Friday just outside the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, prompting a group of bystanders to put out the blaze with their shirts, witnesses said. The man, who has not been identified, was taken by helicopter to an area hospital. When D.C. resident Nicole Didyk approached the scene, she said she saw "flames on the Mall. ... Not like shooting flames, but the grass was on fire. " Didyk said she saw four or five men with their shirts off, using the clothing to beat out flames that were engulfing a man's body.
November 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Authorities discovered a body inside a Hawthorne auto body shop where a fire broke out early Friday morning. At least five fire vehicles and 40 fire personnel were dispatched to a fire at 3252 W. Rosecrans Ave. around 4:14 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Rey Dong said. It was knocked down about 30 minutes later, he said. Dong said the gender and age of the deceased person were still unknown. Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
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