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May 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A fire that has burned 3,000 acres of vegetation near Banning is 40% contained, the Riverside County Fire Department reported Thursday morning. In addition, a second firefighter was injured overnight while holding the line and one home has been destroyed. Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night for a mobile home park and other areas that were threatened earlier in the day as strong Santa Ana winds pushed the Summit fire's flames across Riverside County's parched mountainside areas, officials said.
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July 4, 2013 | By John N. Maclean
In early May, as my plane banked on approach to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, a plume of smoke fanned out below from Banning Pass. The fire that time was the Summit fire, a bad enough blaze - about 3,000 acres burned, one house destroyed, two firefighters injured - but one that evoked a much worse fire. Six years earlier the Esperanza fire in Banning Pass took the lives of a five-man Forest Service engine crew. Banning Pass is Riverside County's principal fire ground, a favorite haunt of both fire and arsonists, and the two conspired together in the Esperanza fire on Oct. 26, 2006, with horrendous results.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving brush fire powered by Santa Ana winds raged out of control Wednesday in Riverside County, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and creating a thick pall of smoke that stretched for miles and affected air quality in the region. The Summit fire, which had charred at least 2,950 acres near Banning, spread quickly after breaking out shortly after noon as hundreds of firefighters struggled to create containment lines and protect homes, officials said. The blaze destroyed at least one home and left one firefighter with minor injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of battle-weary firefighters made the transition to mop-up mode Sunday as the 28,000-acre Springs fire in Ventura County was declared 75% contained, with full containment expected Monday. Several engine companies were sent home Sunday as hand crews worked to establish a fire break more than a mile long in the Hidden Valley area to complete containment of the blaze, which burned from Thousand Oaks to the ocean. "We're going to have this thing out by tomorrow," Ventura County Fire Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A brush fire along the 101 Freeway in Camarillo has spread to 100 acres and is still growing, fire officials said. The Ventura County Fire Department said more than 200 firefighters were at or on the way to the fire, which began near the Conejo Grade of the freeway about 6:30 a.m. At 8:15 a.m., officials said additional air resources were being brought in as the fire was uncontained. "Firefighters are working in steep, rocky terrain to stop the spread of the fire," according to a Ventura County Fire update.
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.
OPINION
July 4, 2013 | By John N. Maclean
In early May, as my plane banked on approach to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, a plume of smoke fanned out below from Banning Pass. The fire that time was the Summit fire, a bad enough blaze - about 3,000 acres burned, one house destroyed, two firefighters injured - but one that evoked a much worse fire. Six years earlier the Esperanza fire in Banning Pass took the lives of a five-man Forest Service engine crew. Banning Pass is Riverside County's principal fire ground, a favorite haunt of both fire and arsonists, and the two conspired together in the Esperanza fire on Oct. 26, 2006, with horrendous results.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Louis Sahagun
Cool temperatures and moist air are expected to continue to help firefighters get a handle on a massive wildfire near Thousand Oaks through the weekend, with a 50% chance of rain on Sunday. High temperatures throughout most of the region were forecast to drop to the low 60s and mid-70s Saturday from just over 90 degrees the day before, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The cooling weather and rising humidity levels caused the weather service on Friday night to cancel red flag fire warnings in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of battle-weary firefighters made the transition to mop-up mode Sunday as the 28,000-acre Springs fire in Ventura County was declared 75% contained, with full containment expected Monday. Several engine companies were sent home Sunday as hand crews worked to establish a fire break more than a mile long in the Hidden Valley area to complete containment of the blaze, which burned from Thousand Oaks to the ocean. "We're going to have this thing out by tomorrow," Ventura County Fire Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Louis Sahagun
Cool temperatures and moist air are expected to continue to help firefighters get a handle on a massive wildfire near Thousand Oaks through the weekend, with a 50% chance of rain on Sunday. High temperatures throughout most of the region were forecast to drop to the low 60s and mid-70s Saturday from just over 90 degrees the day before, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The cooling weather and rising humidity levels caused the weather service on Friday night to cancel red flag fire warnings in the area.
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 Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A fire that has burned 3,000 acres of vegetation near Banning is 40% contained, the Riverside County Fire Department reported Thursday morning. In addition, a second firefighter was injured overnight while holding the line and one home has been destroyed. Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night for a mobile home park and other areas that were threatened earlier in the day as strong Santa Ana winds pushed the Summit fire's flames across Riverside County's parched mountainside areas, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A brush fire along the 101 Freeway in Camarillo has spread to 100 acres and is still growing, fire officials said. The Ventura County Fire Department said more than 200 firefighters were at or on the way to the fire, which began near the Conejo Grade of the freeway about 6:30 a.m. At 8:15 a.m., officials said additional air resources were being brought in as the fire was uncontained. "Firefighters are working in steep, rocky terrain to stop the spread of the fire," according to a Ventura County Fire update.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving brush fire powered by Santa Ana winds raged out of control Wednesday in Riverside County, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and creating a thick pall of smoke that stretched for miles and affected air quality in the region. The Summit fire, which had charred at least 2,950 acres near Banning, spread quickly after breaking out shortly after noon as hundreds of firefighters struggled to create containment lines and protect homes, officials said. The blaze destroyed at least one home and left one firefighter with minor injuries.
NEWS
September 7, 1987 | IMBERT MATTHEE and TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writers
A few evacuees were permitted to return to their homes in this mountain community Sunday as crews battling the epidemic of fire that has blackened nearly 500,000 acres of California brush and timberland reaped the benefit of calmer, cooler skies. But authorities still had no idea when the fires might be controlled.
NEWS
September 7, 1987 | IMBERT MATTHEE and TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writers
A few evacuees were permitted to return to their homes in this mountain community Sunday as crews battling the epidemic of fire that has blackened nearly 500,000 acres of California brush and timberland reaped the benefit of calmer, cooler skies. But authorities still had no idea when the fires might be controlled.
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