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May 31, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The White fire that burned nearly 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County this week was started accidentally, officials said Friday. The blaze was sparked by embers that escaped from an approved fire-use site at the White Rock Day Use Area in the Santa Barbara Ranger District's Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, a joint investigation by Los Padres National Forest officials and the district attorney's Arson Task Force found. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the fire at $3 million.
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May 29, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Firefighters battling a 2,025-acre wildfire in Santa Barbara County will have to endure climbing temperatures and high winds Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. A high-wind advisory is in effect for much of Southern California's mountains, including the Los Padres National Forest, where the White fire has been burning since Monday afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the low 80s with wind gusts up to 50 mph. The blaze was 65% contained but remained unhindered on its eastern and northern faces, authorities said.
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May 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kurt Streeter
A wildfire in Santa Barbara County is now 80% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. The White fire has been burning in the Los Padres National Forest since Monday afternoon and has burned more than 1,800 acres. Forest Service officials on Wednesday revised downward the total acreage burned. With firefighters gaining the upper hand, residents in the area have been allowed to return to their homes, though many campground and road closures are in effect. Crews are focusing their efforts on extinguishing small hot spots and keeping the blaze's northeastern face from advancing.
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May 29, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Firefighters continued to make progress Wednesday on a fire in Santa Barbara County that has burned nearly 2,000 acres. The White fire was 90% contained as of 7 p.m., according to Inciweb. One residence was damaged. Residents evacuated from areas near Paradise Road and the Santa Ynez River were being allowed back into their homes Tuesday night, the Forest Service said. PHOTOS: Wildfire burns in Santa Barbara County Earlier in the day, wind gusts up to 40 mph forced authorities to temporarily ground fixed-winged aircraft that had been making repeated fire-retardant drops, said Forest Service spokeswoman Paula Martinez.
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May 29, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf and Jason Song, This post has been corrected. See the note below
An L.A. County investigation has been launched into how the county handled abuse complaints involving an 8-year-old boy who police say was tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend. Gabriel Fernandez was discovered in his Palmdale home May 22 by firefighters responding to a call that the boy was barely breathing. Authorities said he suffered numerous injuries resulting from abuse, including a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns. He died last Friday. County officials declined to detail their involvement with the family leading up to the death, but four child protective services workers were placed on desk duty as the county investigates them for possible disciplinary action.
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May 28, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of firefighters were battling a brush fire Tuesday night that had charred 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County and forced authorities to evacuate about 50 homes earlier in the day. The White fire raged out of control on a day when Southern California was buffeted by high winds as fire crews responded to other, smaller brush fires in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. The White fire broke out Sunday in the Los Padres National Forest and flames quickly consumed brush, oak trees and chaparral, the U.S. Forest Service 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 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 Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters were responding Tuesday afternoon to a wind-driven brush fire that broke out in the Santa Ynez area of Santa Barbara County and had scorched about 170 acres. Multiple aircraft and fire engines were being diverted from the 1,800-acre White fire to the new blaze, dubbed the Olive fire, officials said. The fire was burning close to about 50 homes near California  246 and Meadowdale Road, Santa Barbara County officials said. The blaze had jumped Route 246 and was burning south of the highway Tuesday afternoon.
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