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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
A six-hour-old baby girl was nicknamed "Noel" by Los Angeles firefighters after she was handed to them by her mother on Christmas Eve. The baby's mother brought the child to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 near the Coliseum about 3 p.m. Friday under a state law that allows new mothers to relinquish babies without facing abandonment charges, according to department spokesman Erik Scott. The baby and mother were examined at the station and found to be in good health, he said.
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NATIONAL
July 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- The family, friends and firefighters from throughout the country are gathering at a city arena Tuesday morning to honor the memory of 19 elite firefighters killed combating the Yarnell fire more than a week ago. Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is also the former Arizona governor, are expected to attend. It is a community filled with marks of grief: Nineteen American flags are posted on street corners along with 19 white crosses shrouded in purple fabric.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
San Francisco firefighters continued mop-up operations Wednesday after a massive fire tore through a $227-million apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay area. Gusty winds in the area kept firefighters busy as they try to prevent hot spots from breaking out, according to KGO-AM (810) radio. About a dozen people evacuated from nearby homes were unable to return, the station said, and the Red Cross was assisting them. PHOTOS: San Francisco high rise fire The blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Street between China Basin and Mission Rock near AT&T Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Firefighters made significant progress Saturday gaining control of two Southern California wildfires -- one near Palm Springs and the other near the Grapevine. Crews were helped by the arrival of monsoonal moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, lowering temperatures, increasing the humidity, and bringing light rain. Officials, however, remained on guard in case the weather system brought lightning strikes or heavy rain that could cause flash flooding. By Saturday night, crews had established containment lines surrounding 49% of the Mountain fire near Palm Springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Anaheim firefighters were dispatched to Disneyland on Friday after six people reportedly complained of an odor and being sick. The Anaheim Fire Department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that firefighters were at the scene, but said it was not being treated as a hazardous materials spill. "Complaint of an odor. We're investigating. More to follow," the tweet said. It was not known if the incident was ride- or food-related, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told KTLA-TV. Disneyland had not provided information to police, Schmidt added.
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April 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A man who took five Atlanta-area firefighters hostage Wednesday was dead hours later after trading fire with a SWAT team that entered the home where the firefighters were being held, officials said. One SWAT officer was shot in the arm or hand and was expected to survive, officials said. Four firefighters had superficial injuries from an unidentified SWAT explosive used to enter the home but were expected to go home Wednesday night after treatment, Gwinnett County police spokesman E.J. Ritter told reporters.  The fifth firefighter had been released earlier, unharmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco firefighters were able to prevent a massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park from spreading to other properties, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. As of 9 p.m., scores of firefighters continued to contain the flames and began mop-up operations. No injuries were reported and no cause has been identified. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Five Atlanta-area firefighters were taken hostage after a medical call Wednesday, and a standoff with a gunman was ongoing. Four firefighters remained captive in the Suwanee home by evening. One had been released to move a truck that was outside the house, officials said. A SWAT team surrounded the house as negotiations continued. WSB-TV reported that the home was in foreclosure by Freddie Mac. The gunman had "multiple handguns, multiple rifles," according to emergency scanner audio captured from local officials and posted online . "We are in a situation where we have an armed person, and he is requesting certain utilities to be turned back on at his house, and he is armed, and we are in the room with him," said one speaker in the scanner audio -- apparently one of the firefighters in the home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Dry weather and Santa Ana winds created havoc for firefighters across California on Tuesday as small brush fires broke out from the Bay Area to the Inland Empire. In Riverside County, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze in the Jurupa Valley that destroyed four homes, 11 outbuildings and damaged dozens of vehicles, fire officials said. Gusts in excess of 20 mph were reported. An elementary school and homes near Mission Boulevard were evacuated, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Cindy Carcamo
THIRTY MILES OUTSIDE PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Dan Fraijo doesn't know precisely when his men left Prescott, nor what happened to them. But he knows they're not coming back. Nineteen firefighters with the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew -- an elite wildland firefighting unit sponsored by the Prescott Fire Department and its chief, Fraijo -- died near Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday in the worst wildland firefighting loss in the U.S. since 1933. "Emotionally? We're devastated," Fraijo said at a news conference late Sunday.
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