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July 1, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Louis Sahagun and Andrew Khouri
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- T.J. Ashcraft looked up to his little brother Andrew. “We always kind of pushed each other in good ways,” the U.S. Army sergeant, 32, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “He went the firefighter route and I went the military route. "He was the kind of little brother that anyone would look up to," Ashcraft said. "He just always was infatuated with fire ... always enjoyed fire and wanted to help with putting it out. " Andrew Ashcraft, 29, a father of four, was among the 19 members of an elite wildland firefighting unit who were killed in a fast-moving blaze near Yarnell, Ariz., officials said Monday.
July 3, 2013 | By Evan Halper
As investigators swarm the former gold-mining town of Yarnell, Ariz., to examine the fateful decisions leading up to the deaths of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain hotshots, their presence is unlikely to ease tensions among the survivors. More than a decade ago, a similar blaze whipped through a canyon 30 miles north of Winthrop, Wash. Four firefighters died in circumstances eerily similar to those at Yarnell, killed in their emergency shelters as a fast-moving fire burned over them.
January 16, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff writers
As the wildfire near Los Angeles grew to 1,700 acres on Thursday morning, a state of emergency was declared and officials arrested three people in connection with the blaze. Meanwhile, air quality plummeted beneath the expanding plume of ash and smoke. A news conference was underway at 11 a.m. on the wildfire. The Los Angeles Times has a team of reporters on the ground.  See the latest real-time updates in our live blog . PHOTOS: Colby fire rages near Glendora
December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of additional firefighters have been called to battle a wildfire in Big Sur that has consumed 500 acres and destroyed 15 homes. The ranks of 400 firefighters on the lines Monday were increased to 625 by Tuesday morning. U.S. Forest Service officials said they had no containment of the fire and do not even have an accurate count of acreage burned because of the heavy smoke and rough terrain. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, has also forced about 100 people to evacuate near state Highway 1, officials said.
December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews fighting a wildfire in Big Sur hoped to seize on improving weather conditions to gain an upper hand on the largely uncontrolled blaze. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, had grown only slightly overnight Monday to 550 acres, but it was only 5% contained, officials said. PHOTOS: Big Sur fire rages uncontrolled As of Tuesday, about 100 people had been forced to evacuate near state Highway 1 after the blaze destroyed at least 15 homes, including one that belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.
May 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities are investigating if a person deliberately ignited a wildfire that's burned more than 750 acres in San Diego County. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Mike Mohler told the San Diego Union-Tribune are investigating the General fire as a possible arson. The blaze was discovered shortly after noon Sunday east of California 79, southeast of Julian. Flames were spreading east, away from buildings and pushed on by winds that were expected to increase Monday afternoon.
June 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
About 700 residents were being allowed back to their homes Tuesday night as firefighters made progress battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  The Carstens fire had burned more than 1,800 acres and was 40% contained Tuesday night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The fire was sparked by a campfire, according to agency officials.  The blaze was still threatening about 500 structures, but residents with identification were being allowed back into the Lushmeadow area, the agency said.
June 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Firefighters in southwestern New Mexico continued to battle the largest wildfire in the state's recorded history Friday as the flames scorched stretches of the Gila Wilderness. Experts say the massive blaze could be a preview of things to come this fire season as the rest of the West copes with a dangerous combination of wind, low humidity and dry brush. The Whitewater-Baldy blaze in New Mexico has charred more than 216,000 acres in Gila National Forest and has become the largest wildfire burning in the country, officials said Friday.
June 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
The High Park wildfire was blazing away 15 miles from Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, but the most destructive fire in state history largely stayed put -- even though temperatures hit 100 degrees across the state. “We were very fortunate today,” Jennifer Hillmann, spokeswoman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, told the Los Angeles Times. “Compared to yesterday, the winds were very calm. That did help us quite a bit.” Winds of about 50 mph grounded firefighters' aerial fleet Sunday as they battled the 58,046-acre fire, currently ravaging a heavily forested area that hasn't seen a huge fire for about 150 years.
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