Update 2000hrs: Evacuation orders for residents in the Highland Springs Mobile Home Park have been lifted.
ROAD CLOSURE: Motorists should drive with caution due to fire equipment working in the area and also obey road closure signs and barricades.
Mias Canyon Road has been re-opened.
Bluff Road remains closed.
The Highland Springs Mobile Home Park has been evacuated, inclusive of approximately 200 mobile homes.
Residents along Indian School Lane and the top of 8th...Read Full Story
Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said in their 2013 summer fire outlook that a dry winter and expected warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal on the West Coast, in the Southwest and portions of Idaho and Montana
. The 2013 wildfire season is off to a early start:
Springs Fire in Ventura County: 28,000 acresSummit Fire in Riverside County: 3,166 acresPanther Fire in Tehama County: 6,864 acres
Springs FirePHOTOGRAPH BY...Read Full Story
Firefighters battled the 28,000-acre Springs Fire on Friday as shifting winds pushed it toward Malibu. KABC, which reported the larger acreage figure, said it was 20 percent contained. The Los Angeles Times quoted the Ventura County Fire Department as saying the air attack would end at sunset. Ground crews would continue to work. "Barring unusual events, we do not expect to receive any new updates on the fire until tomorrow morning," authorities said in a statement. The wildfire erupted in...Read Full Story
California wildfires up 45 percent; officials concerned
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt
melissa.pinion-whitt@ inlandnewspapers.com @iecrime on Twitter
Posted: 04/25/2013 03:53:20 PM PDT
Updated: 04/25/2013 04:00:32 PM PDT
San Bernardino County firefighters work to put out a four-acre brush fire this month in Muscoy. Wildfires are up 45 per cent this year. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)
Summer is two months away and state firefighters have already battled 200 more wildfires than...Read Full Story
Devastating wildfires threaten California every year, and to ensure Californians are ready, California’s Governor proclaims the first full week of May as “Wildfire Awareness Week”.
During Wildfire Awareness Week, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians that when it comes to wildfires, remember “Ready, Set, Go!”. Be Ready for a wildfire by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening your home with fire resistant building materials. Be Set for a wildfire by having a wildfire action plan...Read Full Story
San Francisco Chronicle
Crews seek more success saving homes in California wildfireFox NewsLOS ANGELES – It seemed that each time wind-driven embers sparked new blazes or a wall of fire leaped a Southern California hillside and came charging toward hundreds of homes, an army of firefighters was right there to either douse or direct the flames …California wildfires: 28000 acres burned in Ventura CountyLos Angeles TimesCalifornia wildfire grows to 43 square miles – NECN.comNECNFast moving...Read Full Story
California wildfires: Springs fire reaches PCH in Ventura CountyLos Angeles TimesA massive wildfire that was devouring huge swaths of brush in Ventura County reached the Pacific Coast on Thursday night after burning for more than 14 hours, officials said. The Springs fire, which had charred at least 8,000 acres of vegetation, reached …Hundreds flee homes as wildfire rages near California coastReutersWildfire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif.CBS NewsCalifornia Wildfire Prompts...Read Full Story
CAL FIRE and National Guard Train for Fire SeasonPhoto:
CAL FIRE and the California National Guard have a long standing cooperative relationship that has spanned over three decades.
Before the start of the fire season, the California Army National Guard and Cal Fire conduct a range of training from bucket drops to radio communications, for new and current team members. A requirement for pilots is 500 hours of aircraft commander time.
California National Guard. Huey Working Robbers...Read Full Story
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The Inferno: An Eyewitness account of San Diego on Fire
This eBook is an Eyewitness account of the 2007 California wild fires, specifically, the Witch Creek fire. The Witch Creek fire was the first and the largest of a series of wildfires that spread across Southern California – including areas in the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties – and Northern Mexico.
The author and...Read Full Story
Local fire officials worry about Ramona Airport downgrade
March 20, 2013
The Air Traffic Control Tower at Ramona Airport may be closed down due to the federal "sequestration" affecting the ability of area firefighters to respond to wildfires.County officials and many fire chiefs in San Diego County worry that the possible downgrade of Ramona Airport will affect the ability of local fire assets to respond to wildfires.Sequestration is the process in which budgets, while not actually...Read Full Story
California fires are a major concern for homeowners and firefighters in California. Large California wildfires often do hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.