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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall
California and the West, which have experienced a surge in wildfire during the last decade, can expect more of the same with global warming, according to a study published Tuesday. “A lot of the West, California included, really does look like it's headed into a more fire-prone future,” said Max Moritz, a UC Cooperative Extension wildfire specialist and lead author of a new paper that examined climate change's likely effects on global fire patterns. The American West will not be alone, according to the research, published in the journal Ecosphere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
  As I followed the news about the raging wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona, I couldn't help but recall the days I spent battling brush fires in California. It's something that happens every fire season as I report on wildfires or follow the news of blazes burning brush and destroying homes. I spent nearly six years as a firefighter before a knee injury pushed me on a path that ultimately led to journalism. I landed my first firefighting job a year out of high school with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
A wildfire forced the evacuation of dozens of residents and threatened more than 50 structures near Mt. Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County on Sunday, fire officials said. Nearly 250 firefighters battled the blaze with air tankers and helicopters as it quickly spread to 800 acres amid high temperatures and dry conditions.It was 10% contained by Sunday evening, but crews hoped to bring it fully under control by Monday morning, said Brandon Leitzke, battalion chief for Cal Fire.
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