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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters made progress in their efforts to control two brush fires burning in Southern California mountains, officials said Tuesday night. In the Madre fire above Azusa, about 450 firefighters had the blaze 70% contained and were continuing to make headway, the U.S. Forest Service said. The blaze broke out Monday afternoon north of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon and briefly threatened several homes before ground crews and aircraft were able to knock down flames. The Sierra fire in the Cajon Pass broke out Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread to 200 acres west of t he 15 Freeway near Glen Helen Road, the U.S. Forest Service said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of Los Angeles-area firefighters will be in Prescott, Ariz., on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain hotshots who perished battling a fast-moving wildfire. About 200 firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department will leave in buses early Tuesday to attend the service. They will be joining 100 county firefighters already in Prescott, the department said Monday. The Los Angeles Fire Department is sending a fire engine and Suburban for the memorial service, an agency spokesman said.
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.
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.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.
NATIONAL
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.
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