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January 26, 2008 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Three months after massive brush fires burned hundreds of homes across Southern California, a blue-ribbon task force on Friday made dozens of recommendations aimed at improving the response to large-scale blazes. But many of the proposed measures are similar to those made after the devastating wildfires of 2003 -- and many of those were never implemented because there was no money available.
August 16, 2012 | By Phil Willon and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Lightning-caused wildfires continued to race across thousands of back-country acres in parched Riverside and San Diego counties, destroying at least four structures and forcing residents of several small communities to evacuate. Thousands of firefighters battled flames that erupted well ahead of the fall months that bring hot, dry Santa Ana winds that often define the height of "fire season" in Southern California. Wildfires were reported Wednesday throughout California, including the Juniper Flats area of San Bernardino County, near the Jawbone recreation area of Kern County, the Stanislaus National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park in Lassen County, and the Klamath National Forest of Siskiyou County.
October 6, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Bobby Wright knows all too well about the threat of wildfires in the San Bernardino National Forest. Wright, 63, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, lost a home three years ago in a fire that swept through the Lytle Creek area. On Saturday, he lost his home again when winds up to 60 mph stoked the Sheep fire as it gobbled up dry chaparral and timber, authorities said Monday. The blaze also killed about 20 dogs Wright had saved after they had been abandoned in the mountains by their owners.
September 4, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
It was a quiet night at the Crescenta Valley High School evacuation center. Eleven people were asleep in their cots, evacuated from homes near burning foothills in the Angeles National Forest. Then, with no warning, nearly 200 more evacuees turned up about 2:30 a.m. Some clutched pillows and still wore pajamas, said Mack Dugger, an American Red Cross volunteer on duty that night. They'd been jarred from their beds early Monday by automated phone calls -- known as reverse 911 calls -- warning them to get out of the path of the Station fire.
April 27, 2009
Re "A burning problem," editorial, April 22 Thank you for acknowledging the risk posed by excessive wildfires to California's fragile, native shrublands, especially chaparral. Far too often these beautiful plants have been falsely blamed for wildfires because they are viewed as "overgrown" vegetation. Nothing could be further from the truth -- it is increasing fire frequency and the resulting invasion of non-native weeds that pose the real threat. Dry annual weeds are much more flammable than native shrublands.
October 24, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Residents of Malibu's Corral Canyon whose homes were destroyed in last year's devastating wildfires sued the state this week, saying officials failed to heed warnings from residents about late-night parties and campers causing fire hazards. Five men who were holding an illegal campfire in a cave in the canyon have been charged with starting the blaze, which razed 53 homes, 35 outbuildings, 37 vehicles and one mobile home last November. Residents in the lawsuit filed this week said they had complained to authorities for years about parties and bonfires in the canyon and the potential for wildfires.
November 12, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
County Supervisor Ron Roberts appears likely to challenge Mayor Dick Murphy's bid for re-election next year. Roberts joins Port Commissioner Peter Q. Davis as a rival to Murphy, whose reelection seemed likely until recent wildfires exposed weaknesses in the city's fire protection system. All three are Republicans. Roberts filed paperwork Monday allowing him to raise campaign contributions.
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