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January 17, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A former fire communications official and former sheriff's lieutenant from Riverside County are expected to be arraigned today on charges of embezzling at least $1 million in cash and fire equipment from the county Fire Department.
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November 10, 2013 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an explosion in a hot-air balloon Saturday in Temecula. The blast injured four passengers, three of them seriously, officials said. One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two were taken to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion.
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January 18, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A former Riverside County Fire Department manager accused of working with a colleague to embezzle about $1 million in cash and equipment pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges. Authorities say that in a four- to five-year period ending in January 2005, fire communications manager Michael A. Burton and one of his employees, Steven Vaughn, developed elaborate schemes and serpentine paper trails to siphon cash and pay for vacations and home furnishings.
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November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An explosion in a hot air balloon injured four passengers near Temecula early Saturday, authorities said.  One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two transported to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the hot air balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion. " Authorities were called about 7:45 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, Annas said.  ALSO: Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Sriracha creator adds heat to clash with Irwindale over factory smell Chris Brown files countersuit over parking lot altercation Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
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November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An explosion in a hot air balloon injured four passengers near Temecula early Saturday, authorities said.  One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two transported to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the hot air balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion. " Authorities were called about 7:45 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, Annas said.  ALSO: Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Sriracha creator adds heat to clash with Irwindale over factory smell Chris Brown files countersuit over parking lot altercation Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
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November 10, 2013 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an explosion in a hot-air balloon Saturday in Temecula. The blast injured four passengers, three of them seriously, officials said. One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two were taken to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion.
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March 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
About 200 firefighters took seven hours to contain a brush fire that scorched 400 acres near Gilman Springs Road and Allesandro Boulevard on Sunday, authorities said. Dubbed the Allesandro fire, the blaze briefly threatened a few homes but touched none of them in the sparsely populated area of rolling hills and grassland just east of Moreno Valley, said Patrick Chandler, a spokesman for the Riverside County Fire Department.
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May 31, 1987 | Associated Press
History buffs saved a vacant 101-year-old hotel from the wrecking ball seven months ago, but were powerless to stop the fire that destroyed the building this weekend. No injuries were reported, but a search continued Saturday for transients who may have been trapped in the boarded-up Southern Hotel when it burned late Friday night.
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September 19, 2009 | Martha Groves
A 30-year-old parachutist fell to his death Friday after colliding in midair with another sky diver in Wildomar, said Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department. The other parachutist, 42, suffered minor injuries. Fire personnel were dispatched about 11:35 a.m. to Cereal Street near Lake Elsinore's Skylark Field, Herrera said. The area is a popular sky-diving location. Witnesses said the two parachutists were diving separately but collided in midair, got entangled and "went down," Herrera said.
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August 29, 1985 | United Press International
An electrical short sparked a fire in one of two Amtrak engines early today, forcing the evacuation of up to 400 passengers en route from Los Angeles to New Orleans. No injuries were reported in the fire, which stopped the eastbound train at about 1 a.m. in a desert area about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, and was brought under control in about 45 minutes, Amtrak and Riverside County Fire Department officials said. Amtrak spokesman Clifford Black said the train resumed travel at 5:50 a.m.
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August 12, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Ari Bloomekatz
The Silver fire, which swept through more than 20,000 acres in Riverside County and destroyed homes and injured firefighters, is finally 100% contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said the blaze was 100% contained about 6 p.m. Monday. The current tally of destruction: 48 buildings destroyed, including 26 homes; at least 11 firefighters and one civilian injured; and a damage estimate of nearly $10 million. The civilian, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, was found "seriously burned" on Wolfskill Truck Trail.  "The burn victim had been mountain biking on a rural road when he was overrun by the fast-moving wildfire," according to a news release from the Fire Department.
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August 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Christine Mai-Duc
The number of firefighters injured battling the Silver fire in Riverside County increased to five Thursday night as authorities reported that more than two dozen homes have been destroyed. The blaze remains just 20% contained. "There have been a total of five firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian," the Riverside County Fire Department said on its website Thursday night. The civilian reportedly suffered burns from head to toe. "There have been 26 homes and one commercial structure destroyed by the fire.
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May 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Fire crews continued battling the Smiley fire north of Moreno Valley on Saturday evening. The 124-acre blaze, located in wildland area between Moreno Valley and Redlands, was 75% contained as of 7:45 p.m. Jody Hagemann, public information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department, said officials estimated it would be fully contained by 10 p.m. Crews planned to remain on...
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May 25, 2013
Firefighters from the Riverside County and Redlands fire departments were battling a 100-acre wildland fire Saturday afternoon in Reche Canyon, north of Moreno Valley. The blaze, known as the Smiley Fire, was first reported around 3 p.m. Located at the intersection of Smiley Boulevard and Vista Suelto Road, it was burning at a “moderate rate,” according to a dispatch from the Riverside County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. As of 4:30 p.m., no one had been evacuated from the area, and no structures were under threat.
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May 2, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A brush fire burned four residential structures in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County on Thursday morning and an elementary school was evacuated, authorities said. The fire started on the center divider of Van Buren Boulevard and Jurupa Road and spread to nearby homes. Four structures were "well involved" with fire, according to Riverside County Fire Department officials. The blaze was first reported at 8:24 a.m. MAP: Southland fires [Udpated, 10:45 a.m.: Two houses were destroyed and two damaged, officials said.
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May 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire in Banning that was being stoked by fierce winds had grown to 1,500 acres Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of firefighters struggled to gain headway against the blaze.  The Summit fire forced authorities to evacuate about 500 residents as flames burned near homes, the Riverside County Fire Department said. At least one structure was damaged by the flames. Television footage showed huge walls of flame being pushed across parched mountainsides as dry easterly winds up to 29 mph blew across the area.
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August 21, 2003 | Hanah Cho, Times Staff Writer
A three-day wildfire in Moreno Valley that burned 1,668 acres and briefly threatened 50 homes in a remote area near the Riverside-San Bernardino County border was contained Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The fire destroyed a mobile home, a motor home, a moving van, a small building and 14 vehicles, and also scorched 150 orange trees, said Joanne Evans, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department.
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August 1, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Riverside County's weed-abatement efforts appear to have inadvertently caused a brush fire Wednesday that destroyed at least one home and injured firefighters in the La Cresta area near Murrieta. Investigators believe the so-called Volcano fire was started by a county Transportation Department worker who was mowing weeds along Tenaja Road, according to a statement. The mower became entangled in barbed wire, causing sparks that ignited the brush, said Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings of the Riverside County Fire Department.
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July 16, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon rumbled across Southern California, sparking brush fires and causing flash flooding and hail even as inland areas sweltered amid triple-digit temperatures and high humidity. In Los Angeles County, a powerful afternoon thunderstorm struck the Antelope Valley as fire crews responded to dozens of incidents, including small brush fires and a rescue of two people trapped in mud after a heavy downpour, officials said. In Riverside County, where more than a dozen brush fires erupted, three sheriff's deputies suffered minor injures rescuing a woman from a trailer as flames burned near homes in Lake Elsinore, officials said.
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