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August 28, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
In seven weeks, California has burned through more than a quarter of its state firefighting budget of $172 million. The Rim fire in and around Yosemite alone has chewed up 15% of that budget, and the fire season is in its early days yet. Statewide, California 2013 has gotten maybe a quarter of the rainfall of California 2012. The Rim fire is the seventh largest in the state's history. The average wildfire is now five times bigger than it was 30 years ago. Get my drift?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Jason Wells and Samantha Schaefer
The massive Rim fire on Tuesday became the seventh-largest wildfire in California's history, and remained 20% contained as it burned in and around Yosemite National Park. According to an update from Cal Fire on Tuesday, the Rim fire had grown to roughly 179,500 acres, or 280 square miles, and more than 3,700 fire crews were fighting the blaze. The fire, which has already destroyed at least 23 structures and threatens two groves of giant sequoias, is now the seventh largest wildfire in "California's recorded history," according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Wildfires like the one this summer that killed 19 elite firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., can't be stopped. But there's plenty homeowners can do to protect their properties. If you don't think you should take remedial action, think again. One-third of all houses are located in what fire safety officials call wild-land urban districts, which are near or among areas prone to wildfires. Worse, perhaps, wildfires have ravaged houses in three-fourths of the 50 states. And with more and more people choosing to live in rural areas closer to nature, the chances are greater than ever that someone you know - maybe even you - will lose a house to a fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
An out-of-control wildfire has now consumed nearly 54,000 acres -- or 25 square miles -- in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park after tripling in size overnight, according to an official report Thursday. The Rim fire, which had last been reported at roughly 16,000 acres Wednesday night, has been raging through rugged, inaccessible terrain since Saturday. In an incident update posted online Thursday morning, officials also reported that containment was at 2%, down from 5% the day before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Anaheim authorities cleared a man described as a person of interest in a series of arson fires set Monday in Anaheim and Yorba Linda, but they were continuing to search for the suspect responsible, they said Tuesday. Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said three fires were ignited between noon and 3:45 p.m. Monday in Yorba Linda and eastern Anaheim. In two of the fires, a person of interest was seen in proximity to the blazes, Dunn said. Family members of the man identified in photos as the person of interest contacted authorities, and investigators spoke to him before eliminating him as a suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Police shot a man Tuesday morning who allegedly shot a woman during a domestic dispute in South Los Angeles, police said. LAPD officers were responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon near South Normandie Avenue  and West 41 st Place at about 9:25 a.m. said Sgt. Albert Gonzalez. “They observed the suspect holding some sort of firearm and an officer-involved shooting took place,” Gonzalez said. The man and the woman were rushed to a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire raging out of control in the Stanislaus National Forest has forced authorities to close a major highway leading into Yosemite National Park, officials said Monday night. California 120 was closed from four miles east of Buck Meadows to four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Rim fire had burned about 800 acres in rugged, steep terrain. Authorities with the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department were evacuating residents from campgrounds in the area, including Buck Meadows, fire officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A lightning-sparked wildfire was raging out of control Monday evening in Kern County and had charred about 500 acres of brush and timber. Authorities issued voluntary evacuation warnings for about 400 homes as the Shirley fire burned in a popular recreation area in the Sequoia National Forest. The blaze was the largest of several fires ignited by lightning strikes Sunday night in the Kern River Valley in the southern Sierra Nevada, fire officials said.  Thunderstorms continued to rumble across the area and other parts of Southern California on Monday.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
As wildfires burn through several pockets of Idaho, the resort area near Sun Valley frequented by celebrities and the ultra-rich has become the latest front line, fire officials said. On Sunday, officials said more crews were being directed to the Beaver Creek fire in the central part of the state, which has grown to just over 100,000 acres with 9% containment. Authorities issued a red-flag warning of higher temperatures and gusty winds on Sunday, with more than 1,000 firefighters  at work on the ground and in the air beating back the blaze.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
An erratic, fast-moving wildfire raged through sagebrush and pine trees and threatened the Idaho mountain resort community of Sun Valley on Saturday as residents of 1,300 homes in the area were ordered to leave. Evacuation orders, which already included homes in drainages and foothills west of Hailey and north of Ketchum in central Idaho, were expected to spread Saturday to homes in the west Ketchum area, said Bronwyn Nickel, spokeswoman for Blaine County. Nickel said one home and one smaller structure had already been destroyed, and others were “definitely at risk.” The blaze burned across 92,754 acres Saturday, up dramatically from the 64,236 acres burning Friday, a spokeswoman for Beaver Creek Fire, Shawna Hartman, said.
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