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August 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
One of many small fires sparked by lightning in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown to 335 acres, prompting officials to call in more firefighting resources, authorities said Friday. Sparked on Monday, the Gobblers fire was first estimated at 50 acres but has been fueled by steep terrain and dry sagebrush, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Down-canyon winds Wednesday drove the fire into the Stockton Flats area, allowing firefighters to safely engage the blaze, which was 45% contained as of Thursday night, according to an incident report.
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October 3, 2013
Re "A dry spell for forest lovers," Oct. 1 In the past The Times has been viciously criticized for publishing graphic depictions of violence in troubled parts of the world. Readers have labeled such images disgusting and obscene. Tuesday's photograph of the graffiti-besmirched Sapphire Falls in the San Bernardino National Forest registers as even more repulsive. Closing high-risk fire areas during the most dangerous time of year, as has been done with Sapphire Falls, seems like a wise and pragmatic decision.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1999 | TOM GORMAN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Wind-whipped wildfires raged through rugged back country in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties Monday, continuing to spread after charring more than 59,000 acres of chaparral and timber. The largest of the five blazes was in the San Bernardino National Forest near Lake Arrowhead, where flames had scorched at least 50,000 acres and damaged at least 50 structures, including several houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Scott Gold
Gabe Garcia and John Miller stood the other day at the rim of Cucamonga Canyon, dwarfed by the spires of peaks with names that evoke old, wild California - Timber, Telegraph, Bighorn. They were supposed to be alone. They were not. "Red shorts! White shirt!" Garcia, a San Bernardino National Forest district ranger, barked the description to Miller, his Forest Service colleague, who yanked a pair of binoculars to his eyes. The hikers were there, sure enough, but far away, deep in the folds of the canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Popular areas of four national forests in Southern California that burned last month could be closed for a year or longer because of threats from smoldering hot spots, flash floods and erosion, and to allow damaged habitat and wildlife to recover, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The closures, announced over the last week, affect thousands of acres of the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests, which are among the most highly used public lands in the nation.
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July 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fire ripped across 30 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest on Friday between the resort towns of Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to homes. Heat lightning flashed above the area, but San Bernardino National Forest spokeswoman Robin Prince said it was unclear whether that sparked the flames. The fire, reported about noon, burned across heavy brush on steep, remote slopes, some of which were charred in 2003.
NEWS
August 9, 1989 | From Times wire service s
A 3.3-magnitude earthquake centered in a remote southern section of the San Bernardino National Forest was barely felt in nearby desert resort communities today, authorities said. "I didn't feel a thing and didn't hear about any telephone calls," said a police dispatcher in Palm Springs, about 10 miles away from the epicenter.
NEWS
June 7, 1988
A 220-acre fire in the San Bernardino National Forest has been fully contained, and firefighters mopped up other wildfires in Riverside and Orange counties. The forest fire 10 miles north of Big Bear Lake burned in dense pinon and juniper trees, but destroyed only an abandoned mining shack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A controlled burn in the thick brush of the San Bernardino National Forest jumped across a road and spread out of control over 600 acres Thursday. Two abandoned structures burned, but no homes were in immediate danger. No injuries were reported. U.S. Forest Service crews had been using helicopters to burn out vegetation in a 5,000-acre area for more than a week when the fire spread into an uncontrolled area at 1 p.m., spokeswoman Ruth Wenstrom said.
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June 14, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The Hathaway wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest near Banning is now 43% contained and has burned 3,560 acres, officials said. The fire, which began Sunday, grew little overnight . Just 40 additional acres have been burned since 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a Friday morning update. Firefighters are continuing to focus their energy on the fire's east side, which remains the most active, officials said. The terrain there is steep, so workers may need to wait for the flames to burn down to them, said Bob Poole, a public information officer with the San Bernardino National Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
One of many small fires sparked by lightning in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown to 335 acres, prompting officials to call in more firefighting resources, authorities said Friday. Sparked on Monday, the Gobblers fire was first estimated at 50 acres but has been fueled by steep terrain and dry sagebrush, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Down-canyon winds Wednesday drove the fire into the Stockton Flats area, allowing firefighters to safely engage the blaze, which was 45% contained as of Thursday night, according to an incident report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A series of thunderstorms that have sparked about 20 small fires in the San Bernardino National Forest should move out of the area Tuesday, authorities said. About 100 personnel have been assigned to the August lightning fires, which started cropping up early Monday morning as lightning strikes turned dead, dry trees into smoldering ignition switches for small spot fires. Small hail and gusty winds were still possible in the San  Bernardino  Mountains through Tuesday afternoon until skies become partly cloudy, according to the National Weather Service.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Crews are battling more than a dozen small fires in the San Bernardino National Forest that were sparked by a lightning storm early Monday. Many of the incidents were in the form of standing dead trees that were left smoldering by a lightning strike, said Lee Beyer, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. In some cases, embers from some of the smoldering trees ignited small areas of brush underneath. The largest fire of the batch, first reported about 5 a.m., grew to about a quarter of an acre.
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August 10, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Fire crews made significant headway Saturday containing the Silver fire, which has blackened 19,000 acres and destroyed 26 homes in the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County. By evening the wildfire was 70% contained and the 2,106 firefighters on the scene had succeeded in keeping the blaze out of the San Bernardino National Forest. "Things are looking real good," said Robbie Richard, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Evacuation orders had been lifted for several areas, although they remained in place for the communities of Vista Grande, Twin Pines and Silent Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Joseph Serna
The massive Mountain fire remained perilously close to Palm Springs as well as the Idyllwild area, where thousands have been evacuated. The fire has burned through at least 22,800 acres and several homes near Idyllwild. It remains only 15% contained. Six homes have been destroyed and firefighters were preparing for another long, hot night in the San Bernardino National Forest. Officials said one end of the blaze was a few miles from Palm Springs. The biggest concern remained Idyllwild.
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June 16, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
The Hathaway wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest near Banning has burned 3,807 acres and is now 52% contained, officials said Sunday. The fire began on June 9 in the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. The fire then burned north into the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, officials said. There are 10 air tankers and 14 water-dropping helicopters assisting in the fight. The fire is burning in a remote area that is very steep and difficult to access.
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