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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1993
After these recent days of horror at the Southern California fires and outrage that many of them could have been purposely set, I thought I was too saturated emotionally to find myself seething again. But your coverage (Nov. 6) of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's being dragged off to jail was just about the last straw. Here is a physician with enormous compassion and the courage to help human beings, who face nothing but endless physical suffering and hopelessness, who want only to put an end to it, to do so painlessly and with dignity--and he is treated like a common criminal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Wind gust topping 50 mph were reported in some parts of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds battered the region. The strong winds and dry conditions have officials worried about wildfires this weekend. Red flag warnings are in affect this weekend. And the National Weather Service issued wind warnings through Saturday evening. Just .09 inches of rain has fallen in the last three months, said JPL climatologist Bill Patzert. "I can't exaggerate how crispy it is out there," he said.
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August 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
A man suspected of setting wildfires around the state over the past several years was arrested Sunday after he allegedly set a fire near Auberry. James Haag, 50, was charged with setting the five-acre Powerhouse fire. The fire was quickly extinguished because officers from the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry were watching the suspect, Forestry Department Battalion Chief Ron Subia said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Like many defenders of the beach bonfire, Chris Epting has questioned the priorities of air quality regulators who want to clamp down on the hundreds of fire rings that blaze nightly on Los Angeles and Orange County beaches, sending pollutants into beachfront neighborhoods. "I've wondered why they haven't focused on other areas: inland, the ports or the nightly Disneyland fireworks," said Epting, who writes a column for the Huntington Beach Independent. "There are a lot of trouble spots and yet there's been a laser-like focus on something that is almost statistically zero compared to those other sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A wildfire in steep forestland in the San Jacinto Mountains has quickly doubled in size to 650 acres. The blaze, named the Gorgonio fire, is in Riverside County south of Banning, a town of 30,000 in the mountain pass between Riverside and Palm Springs. The blaze was not threatening any structures, and no evacuations have been ordered, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. About 400 firefighters and two helicopters were assigned to the blaze. MAP: Southern California fires The blaze forced the closure of California 243, a state route that winds through the San Jacinto Mountains and connects Banning with Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire is sudden and merciless, and losing a home can produce trauma that is deceptively deep, according to psychologists concerned about the effects of the devastating Southern California fires. "Losing one's home, which contains all one's hopes and memories, is one of the most traumatic events one can have, probably only less traumatic than losing a spouse or a family member," said David Pilon, director of community services for the Mental Health Assn., a nonprofit group based in the Wilshire District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2003
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2003
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis and Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger moved side by side through a center for fire victims in Claremont on Friday, vowing to work as a close-knit team to help Southern Californians put their lives back together. It was almost as if the rancor of the recall race had never happened. "Our goal is to work hand in glove to have a seamless transition so he can pick up without missing a beat when he becomes governor in two weeks," Davis said. Schwarzenegger stood beside him in the Alexander Hughes Community Center, one of six locations where one-stop centers will be opened in Southern California in the next few days to offer victims information about state, federal and local aid. Wearing matching fire-scene-appropriate khaki pants, the governor, in a blue blazer, and governor-elect, in a leather jacket, heaped admiration upon each other and the firefighters, and avoided any mention of the ugly campaign that led to Davis' ouster from office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2003 | Tony Perry and Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writers
As fire continued to destroy large portions of San Diego County, the dispute between some local officials and the administration of Gov. Gray Davis intensified Tuesday over why aerial tankers and water-laden helicopters were not available in the first two days of the blaze. County supervisors fumed that Davis was too slow in authorizing the use of state "air assets" to douse the fire and too timid in seeking federal assistance. Several had pleaded with the governor's staff last weekend to redirect state resources to San Diego and demand help from the federal government and military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A wildfire in steep forestland in the San Jacinto Mountains has quickly doubled in size to 650 acres. The blaze, named the Gorgonio fire, is in Riverside County south of Banning, a town of 30,000 in the mountain pass between Riverside and Palm Springs. The blaze was not threatening any structures, and no evacuations have been ordered, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. About 400 firefighters and two helicopters were assigned to the blaze. MAP: Southern California fires The blaze forced the closure of California 243, a state route that winds through the San Jacinto Mountains and connects Banning with Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Hector Becerra, Kate Mather and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The Southern California wildfire season got off to an ominous start Thursday with a massive brush fire in Ventura County that officials fear is just a preview of dangerous months ahead. The fire showed in dramatic fashion how the region's record dry conditions and lack of rainfall can quickly combine with fierce Santa Ana winds to produce widespread havoc. Firefighters said the dry winter and spring left the brush much more combustible than they've ever seen it at this time of year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis, Ann M. Simmons and Rich Connell
Scorching temperatures continued to stoke wildfires across Southern California on Friday, creating anxious moments in the mountains north and east of Los Angeles where thousands of residents fled flames that skipped through canyons, edging toward one neighborhood after another. More than 2,700 firefighters and a small air force of water-dropping planes and helicopters managed to stop the blazes before they swept into hillside housing tracts. But smoky air from the fires continued to create unhealthful conditions in parts of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, disrupting schools, horseback riding programs and day camps near the fire areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Southern California's unseasonable January heat wave shows no signs of letting up. Temperatures across the region flirted with record-high levels Monday afternoon, and the warm, windy conditions were expected to remain through the weekend. That's unwelcome news to officials bracing for possible wildfires amid dry Santa Ana gusts. Temperatures in downtown L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Fire chiefs in tinder-dry Southern California, faced with lean budgets while more people squeeze into the region, are starting to rethink long-standing policies on ordering mass evacuations in a wildfire, debating whether it may be wiser in some situations to let residents stay and defend their homes. "We don't have enough resources to put an engine at every house in harm's way," said Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2003
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 1990
I can keep this short and to the point: How many military helicopters sat as the recent fires consumed Southern California? I suggest some tax dollars be devoted to water-carrying equipment for these hundreds, maybe thousands of idle military "sorry-we-weren't-trained-for-that" helicopters. We should be able to send a fleet of water-dumping helicopters to any hot spot, especially those close to the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis and Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger moved side by side through a center for fire victims in Claremont on Friday, vowing to work as a close-knit team to help Southern Californians put their lives back together. It was almost as if the rancor of the recall race had never happened. "Our goal is to work hand in glove to have a seamless transition so he can pick up without missing a beat when he becomes governor in two weeks," Davis said. Schwarzenegger stood beside him in the Alexander Hughes Community Center, one of six locations where one-stop centers will be opened in Southern California in the next few days to offer victims information about state, federal and local aid. Wearing matching fire-scene-appropriate khaki pants, the governor, in a blue blazer, and governor-elect, in a leather jacket, heaped admiration upon each other and the firefighters, and avoided any mention of the ugly campaign that led to Davis' ouster from office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2003
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