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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer and Fox 40
At least five structures have burned in a 7-alarm brush fire in the Northern California town of Fairfield. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 80 and Marigold Drive, according to Fox 40. KCRA-TV reported two homes on Marigold were lost and others were threatened. The fire also led to the closure of two lanes along I-80 because of fire and smoke on the shoulder, according to the California Highway Patrol. Evacuations in the neighborhood were ongoing. Officials said the flames were being fanned by hot, dry winds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A brush fire above Simi Valley had chewed up more than 40 acres by Thursday evening, but Ventura County firefighters have made tremendous progress in reining it in, authorities said. Capt. Mike Lindberry said 14 fire engines, more than 120 firefighters, water-dropping helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft have stalled the blaze. Those efforts were helped by a breeze that met the flames as they ran up the north face of a hill. “We're looking good,” Lindberry said of the fire, which was reported at 3:48 p.m. The flames affected local Metrolink service but were moving away from homes soon after the fire started.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials said they were stunned by the loss of life after a limousine burst into flames Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, leaving five women dead. “Any time we have a significant loss of life it's very difficult, but given the particular nature of what's transpired, it's just beyond words,” California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said Monday. The driver of the limo also spoke out Monday, calling the fire a "nightmare. " “Everything happened so fast,” LimoStop Inc. driver Orville Brown, 46, told CNN in an interview Monday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added. Fire activity continues to be limited to "isolated smoldering" within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A brush fire that burned 90 acres Friday evening in Santa Clarita has been fully contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire, dubbed the Bee fire, was first spotted shortly after 5 p.m. in the 35700 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road. Television footage showed one structure in flames, and firefighters used water drops to protect other buildings. Authorities could not confirm late Friday how many structures may have been damaged or destroyed. The fire briefly burned close to power lines, said Cheryl Sims, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The Madre fire, which has burned through 268 acres of brush and chaparral in San Gabriel Canyon, remains 90% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported on its website Saturday. The fire broke out Monday night north of Azusa and was mostly contained by Friday. At one point this week, more than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze; three suffered injuries. Since then, the number of firefighters working on the fire has been scaled back to 173. Firefighters have had to contend with steep terrain and unforgiving conditions; the National Weather Service issued warnings Saturday about gusty winds across much of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
One of many small fires sparked by lightning in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown to 335 acres, prompting officials to call in more firefighting resources, authorities said Friday. Sparked on Monday, the Gobblers fire was first estimated at 50 acres but has been fueled by steep terrain and dry sagebrush, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Down-canyon winds Wednesday drove the fire into the Stockton Flats area, allowing firefighters to safely engage the blaze, which was 45% contained as of Thursday night, according to an incident report.
WORLD
July 22, 2011 | By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
At least 41 people were killed and six injured after an overcrowded bus burst into flames in China's central Henan province early Friday morning, according to the state-run Chinese Central Television. The bus, which had a maximum capacity of 35 passengers, was carrying 47 people at the time of the accident, officials said. CNN reported that the six people rescued from the bus, including the driver, were hospitalized. "The fire was so big that some bodies were burned beyond recognition -- and the death toll is being tallied," Sun Jun, deputy director of the local government information office, told CNN. Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, investigators believe the vehicle may have been carrying hazardous materials, state media reported.
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