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July 25, 1997
Beginning Saturday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's mounted posse will start patrolling the back country in Los Padres National Forest. The 20 posse members are volunteers who ride together into both popular and remote areas to protect against marijuana cultivation, property damage and other illegal activity, according to Cmdr. Mark Ball. Posse members are aided by a global-positioning satellite system, which allows them to ride farther into the back country than four-wheel drive vehicles, Ball said.
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December 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A wildfire in Big Sur that has burned more than 900 acres and destroyed two dozen homes is nearly contained, with crews aided by a short burst of wintry weather on Thursday. The Pfeiffer fire was 88% contained by Thursday night after having burned 937 acres, according to the  U.S. Forest Service. Full containment of the blaze, which started overnight Monday  near Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, was expected Friday. With more than 1,000 firefighters getting a better grip on the blaze, many were being sent back home, local media reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whipped by swirling winds in the hills north of Fillmore, Ventura County's first major brush fire of the year blackened at least 700 acres in Los Padres National Forest on Sunday and sent a cloud of smoke and ash drifting as far away as Ventura. By evening, more than 200 firefighters from four firefighting agencies had not been able to contain the blaze, which was spreading north and west through steep terrain. Although the fire came within about one mile of homes on Grand Avenue, no homes were threatened, according to a Los Padres National Forest spokesman.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire raging in the Big Sur area has grown to 917 acres, but more than 1,000 firefighters on scene have the blaze 79% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. Crews, struggling with difficult terrain, had managed to increase containment from 74% the day before, aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity brought on by a recent weather system. The Forest Service said that crews made progress overnight strengthening containment lines "in all areas of the fire.
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October 13, 1991 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lightning strikes from a fast-moving thunderstorm sparked seven small fires in the Los Padres National Forest, including one blaze a dozen miles north of Santa Paula that had charred 40 acres of dense brush as of Saturday evening, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. Earl Clayton said six small fires, each burning less than an acre, no longer posed any significant threat by late Saturday, and firefighters expected to have the seventh and largest blaze contained by this morning.
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August 10, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A wildfire about 26 miles east of Santa Maria burned at least 10,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest and was expected to grow, forest officials said Sunday. The La Brea fire began about 2:50 p.m. Saturday in the San Rafael Wilderness area, said Forest Service spokesman Joe Pasinato. Firefighters did not know the cause. No structures were threatened, Pasinato said. Eight air tankers and four helicopters were battling the flames. -- Ari B. Bloomekatz
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May 8, 1994 | JOHN McKINNEY
The U.S. Forest Service has wasted no time in responding to last September's Murre Fire on Figueroa Mountain in Los Padres National Forest. Though thousands of acres of forested slopes and backcountry were scorched by the blaze, the Forest Service has been clearing and repairing existing trails and building new ones. The newest addition is the Pino Alto Trail, a paved path that's great for walkers of all abilities.
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November 25, 2004 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was charged Wednesday with setting three fires that destroyed 800 acres in the Los Padres National Forest during the peak of fire season this year, authorities said. Craig Matthew Underwood, 31, who lives near Greenfield within the forest's boundaries, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on three felony charges in a San Jose federal court. If convicted, he faces five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised probation for each count.
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June 15, 1995 | ERIC WAHLGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials returned a wayward bear to the wild Wednesday after the furry 250-pounder wandered into an Upper Ojai community shortly after dawn, spooking dogs and alarming residents. "He scared me," said Upper Ojai resident Frances Felkins, 58, who spotted the California black bear from her dining room about 5:30 a.m. "You don't expect to look out your window and see a bear."
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February 19, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ann Corona had taken a day off to hike in the Los Padres National Forest. Nearly four hours into it, the 40-year-old secretary found herself on a rock ledge, not sure whether to continue her descent or seek an easier route. Just then a hand reached up, an offer of assistance from her companion, Manuel Victoria. "Chivalry isn't dead after all, even in the wild," Corona quipped after Victoria helped her down.
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December 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 400 firefighters battling a wildfire raging out of control in the Big Sur area were hoping to take advantage of a lull in winds and cooler temperatures to contain the the 500-acre blaze, officials said Monday night. The Pfieffer fire burned across dry vegetation as it destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee flames in the Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1, officials said.  One of the homes destroyed belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.  But fire crews were optimistic as night fell, officials said.
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May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Jean Merl
More than 100 buildings are threatened and more than 1,200 acres have burned in a Santa Barbara County wildfire that could be pushed deeper into the brush Tuesday by dangerously strong winds. The so-called White fire appears to have started near a campsite in the Los Padres National Forest at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The blaze was only 10% contained Tuesday morning and the U.S. Forest Service predicted firefighters wouldn't gain full control over it until next week. About 1,000 campers and 4,000 mountain residents were evacuated Monday.
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May 28, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Firefighters have made "really steady progress" on a blaze burning in Santa Barbara County but the once-calm winds are beginning to intensify, officials said Tuesday afternoon. At last count, the White fire scorched about 1,800 acres in Los Padres National Forest and was 10% contained, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said. The fire, which broke out about 2:45 p.m. Monday, was burning into the Upper Oso area north of the Santa Ynez River and Paradise Road. "Almost nonexistent" winds Tuesday morning allowed more than 900 personnel to attack the blaze by air and build fire lines, Madsen said.
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May 28, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The fire burning in Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County has consumed 1,800 acres and remains at 10% containment, officials said. The White fire is "well within" the forest, burning in an easterly direction along the Santa Ynez River, according to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. Though the area saw fog and high humidity Tuesday morning, officials were keeping a wary eye on the weather later in the day, when winds are expected to pick up and humidity levels drop.
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May 28, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Crews battling an 1,800-acre fire in Santa Barbara County capitalized on Mother Nature's goodwill Tuesday by attacking it from the air and building a fire line before winds were expected to pick up. "The winds are almost nonexistent, so we're taking advantage of the weather right now," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen, the noise of a helicopter in the background. Hundreds of firefighters were in Los Padres National Forest battling the White fire, which was about 10% contained Tuesday morning.
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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.
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November 18, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
A mentally ill homeless man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $100 million in restitution for starting two wildfires in 2006 and 2002 that burned more than 162,000 acres in Los Padres National Forest. A self-described nature lover, Steven Emory Butcher, 50, was convicted in February of igniting the monthlong Day fire in 2006 that injured 18 people, destroyed 11 structures and cost more than $100 million to suppress, according to the U.S.
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May 27, 2013 | By Jean Merl
More than 1,000 campers and up to 4,000 residents fled the mountains of Santa Barbara County as a fast-moving wildfire swept through part of the Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas, officials said Monday.   The White fire broke out about 2:45 p.m.  in the rugged terrain about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara and by evening had grown to about 1,000 acres and blanketed the tourist city with smoke and a dusting of ash. Here is an image from social media: Flare up #WhiteFire twitter.com/valonthecoast/… - Valerie Walston (@valonthecoast)
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May 27, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
More than 1,000 campers and up to 4,000 residents fled the mountains of Santa Barbara County as a fast-moving wildfire swept through part of Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas, officials said. The White fire broke out about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the rugged terrain about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara and by evening had grown to about 1,000 acres and blanketed the tourist city with smoke and a dusting of ashes. No homes had burned but up to 5,000 people were ordered to evacuate before the fire changed course and headed toward unpopulated terrain, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen.
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