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May 31, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita has burned more than 1,400 acres and was 15% contained Friday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. New evacuations were ordered at 5 a.m. for homes on a one-mile stretch of San Francisquito Canyon Road as the fire fanned by strong winds pushed through the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic. Hundreds of firefighters battled the Powerhouse fire, which broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir, officials said.
May 31, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Evacuations have been ordered for homes on a one-mile stretch of San Francisquito Canyon Road as a wildfire fanned by strong winds pushed through the Angeles National Forest. The evacuation was ordered at 5 a.m. Friday for the few homes that run along the road, which worms deep into the forest north of Castaic. Some 500 firefighters battled the Powerhouse fire, which has burned through more than 1,000 acres. The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir, officials said.
December 3, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Putting that addition on your house is about to get more expensive. On Jan. 1, the state will require buyers of lumber and "engineered" wood products to pay a 1% assessment on the price of such building materials. Retailers and contractors will be required to collect the fee from customers and pass the money, estimated to raise $35 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, to the state Board of Equalization. The assessment, passed into law as part of the current state budget act, is to fund programs in various state agencies charged with regulating timber harvests and preventing and fighting forest fires.
August 10, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Smokey Bear, the mascot of the U.S. Forest Service, is planning to tour NASA's  Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday to celebrate his 68th birthday. The bear, tasked with warning all Americans about the dangers of forest fires, will record a new public service announcement at NASA to air on NASA Television later this month. Smokey is the longest-running public service announcement campaign from the Advertising Council Inc., which also did the crash test dummies and United Negro College Fund PSAs.
July 11, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The most destructive fire in Colorado history - which killed two people, scorched almost 29 square miles and destroyed more than 346 homes in less than three weeks - is now fully contained. The Waldo Canyon fire still smolders in parts of central Colorado, but the boundaries are fully under control, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. All residents have been allowed to return to their homes. “Some fires will burn until fall,” Pat Collrin, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times.
June 20, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- With forest fires burning in several Western states, tempers have flared between officials and reporters covering the blazes. In one Nevada incident, a news photographer was tackled to the ground for allegedly impersonating a firefighter. Tim Dunn, photo editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal, was detained in handcuffs Monday after a disagreement with Washoe County deputies trying to control a grass fire that destroyed two homes. Barry Smith, executive director of the Nevada Press Assn., told the Los Angeles Times that Dunn was complying with a deputy's directions to move when he was forced to the ground and his face pushed into some gravel.
June 7, 2011
. — An enormous wildfire that forced the evacuation of several mountain communities in eastern Arizona has grown to more than 300 square miles, sending smoke and haze across five states and as far east as Iowa, authorities said. Officials said the blaze has burned nearly 193,000 acres since it started more than a week ago near the White Mountain town of Alpine. Authorities believe an abandoned campfire may have sparked the blaze. The flames have destroyed five buildings but no serious injuries have been reported.
May 1, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout Philip Connors Ecco Press; 246 pp., $24.99 With its glowing orange cover and title, "Fire Season" looks like another western tale of man versus flame. It turns out to be far rarer than that: a quirky meditation on the lonely pleasures of summers in a 7-by-7-foot lookout tower in a particularly wild patch of the Southwest. Every April, Philip Connors leaves behind his bartending job and his wife, Martha, in a small New Mexico town and heads for Apache Peak in the nearby Gila National Forest.
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.
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.
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