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December 7, 2010 | By Michael B. Oren
Hanukkah, which we celebrate this week, recalls the miracle of lights that burned for eight days. Israel, meanwhile, struggled to extinguish a forest fire raging out of control. Fanned by Santa Ana-type winds, the blaze engulfed the Carmel region of the Lower Galilee, claiming 42 lives, destroying communities, and consuming about 10,000 acres and more than 4 million trees. A country that has prevailed through successive wars and terrorist attacks, Israel had never before confronted such a devastating natural disaster.
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December 4, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
From Jordanian firefighters to Greek aircraft, a rare outpouring of international support for Israel helped the nation battle its worst-ever forest fire Friday, but the blaze continued to rage out of control. The death toll was revised to at least 41 people, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. They included 36 prison guards whose bus was engulfed in flames Thursday as they rushed to help evacuate a nearby prison. The toll includes two police officers who were trapped in the same firestorm that ensnared the bus. One passenger car reportedly was able to escape only by speeding through the flames.
WORLD
December 3, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
A raging forest fire in northern Israel killed at least 37 prison guards Thursday when their bus was engulfed by flames while they rushed to evacuate a detention facility. Nearby firefighters tried desperately to rescue them as some guards hugged the floor of the vehicle in search of shelter, witnesses said. Dozens of people were injured as the wildfire continued to burn out of control late Thursday night in the usually lush Carmel Forest near the port city of Haifa. Among the injured was the head of Haifa's police department, Deputy Cmdr.
WORLD
August 10, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
Tatiana Dyment found her 70-year-old mother sitting in the bathtub, her head leaning sideways and cold water from the showerhead still streaming down her back. "She could have been dead for two to three days, doctors suppose," said the psychologist, who had rushed back to Moscow from vacation in Croatia after she couldn't reach her mother by phone. "The windows in her apartment on the sixth floor were wide open and every piece of furniture in the apartment smelled of burning" from the thick white smoke hanging in the air outside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa
A mammoth forest fire that killed two firefighters and has burned more than 147,000 acres was an act of arson, authorities said Thursday as they launched a homicide investigation into the deaths. Officials said they determined that the largest brush fire in the history of Los Angeles County was the result of arson after investigators examined forensic evidence from scorched landscape off Angeles Crest Highway, north of La Cañada Flintridge. The spot is believed to be the source of origin of the Station fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
A fire roaring through the Los Padres National Forest about 26 miles east of Santa Maria has grown, charring more than 40,000 acres and forcing some residents to flee. Authorities issued evacuation orders Thursday that cover about 150 homes and ranches, most in the Cottonwood Canyon area. About 1,600 firefighters are attacking the blaze, which started Saturday. The cause is unknown. Firefighting efforts have been hampered by inaccessible terrain and volatile winds. -- Steve Chawkins
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
As firefighters battled a 29,000-acre forest fire east of Santa Maria on Wednesday, investigators asked for the public's help in identifying the driver of a late-model Chevy van last seen in the area where the blaze started. U.S. Forest Service special agents want to talk to the owner of a 2004-05 Chevy van that witnesses saw Saturday on Sierra Madre Road. The first plumes of smoke from the fire were reported about 2:50 p.m. that day. Authorities aren't calling the driver a suspect, but they say they want to fill in information from other witnesses as to why the tan or gold-colored van was in the area.
WORLD
August 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A forest fire fanned by high winds forced the evacuation of about 4,000 residents on the Canary island of La Palma, the Spanish government said. The fire on steep hillsides southeast of the island's dormant San Antonio volcano has engulfed several houses and could damage wildlife habitats, said environmental worker Narciso Lorenzo. A plume of smoke rose to an estimated altitude of more than 3,300 feet. The cause of the fire was unknown. Several days of high temperatures have contributed to dry conditions on the normally verdant La Palma, off the West African coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
A small brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Cleveland National Forest near Yorba Linda was almost fully contained Thursday. The fire grew to 20 acres but never threatened any homes; the only structures in the area are an unmanned communications facility and a tower. Brian Harris, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said three 20-person crews were working on containment lines and two helicopters were dropping water. There is still no indication of how the fire started.
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