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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.
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.
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.
February 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Three people have been arrested and charged in the death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a burned motor home in Long Beach, police said. Diana Sequen, 20, Jose Alfredo Zolorza, 19, and David Romero, 28, were arrested individually on suspicion of murder in Long Beach, according to a police statement. The three remain in county jail in lieu of $1-million bail each. Each has been charged with murder, authorities said.  The investigation into the death of Thomas Taylor, 61, began around 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 28 when Long Beach police officers discovered a motor home on fire in the 500 block of W. 17 th Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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