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Sep 18, 2014

New evacuations ordered in face of raging California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities issued new evacuation orders on Thursday for Northern California mountain communities after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush.

A force of nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said.

Sep 16, 2014

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

Sept 16 (Reuters) – The city of San Francisco stepped up the
pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic
retrofitting regulations this week, posting large, red and white
warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public.

The move comes just weeks after Northern California was
rocked by the biggest earthquake to hit the region in a
quarter-century, centered close to San Francisco in the state’s
wine-growing region of Napa County.

Sep 16, 2014

Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battled about a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest.

Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

Sep 15, 2014

Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state’s record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Some 1,000 residents in and around the foothill community of Oakhurst and near Bass Lake were evacuated ahead of the flames, which were 20 percent contained by Monday morning as California baked in a heat wave that drove temperatures into triple digits.

Sep 13, 2014

Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters spent a second day on Saturday battling a wildfire burning out of control in a national forest southeast of Los Angeles, as the region baked under triple-digit temperatures that prompted authorities to issue a “heat alert.”

The so-called Silverado Fire, which broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning, had charred some 1,600 acres (647 hectares) by Saturday afternoon as it burned through brush and chaparral left bone dry by California’s record drought.

Sep 12, 2014

California mountain lion shot dead confirmed as cat that attacked boy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mountain lion that was shot out of a tree by California wildlife officers has been confirmed by DNA testing to be the same cat that attacked a 6-year-old boy earlier this week, state officials said on Friday.

Samples of DNA taken from the 74-pound cougar during a necropsy and forensic examination matched saliva left on the boy’s shirt following the encounter on Sunday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a written statement.

Sep 12, 2014

Los Angeles issues ‘heat alert’ as temperatures soar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special “heat alert” for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region.

With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities.

Sep 11, 2014

Mountain lion believed to have attacked California boy is shot to death

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A mountain lion believed to have attacked and injured a 6-year-old boy near California’s Silicon Valley has been shot to death in a tree not far from the scene after a three-day hunt, state wildlife officials said.

Experts will conduct a necropsy on the 65-pound male cougar to verify it was responsible for the attack on Sunday that sent the boy to a local hospital with bite wounds and scratches to his upper body, head and neck, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sep 8, 2014

Yosemite National Park wildfire burns four square miles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire that prompted the rescue of 185 hikers in Yosemite National Park has blackened four square miles of back country wilderness, officials said Monday, as crews hoped rainy weather would give them a chance to gain some control over the flames.

The so-called Meadow Fire, which flared out of control on Sunday afternoon, stranded 85 hikers on top of Half Dome, the park’s signature rock formation, requiring them to be flown out by helicopter, Yosemite spokeswoman Ashley Mayer said.

Sep 5, 2014

Escaped albino cobra gets new home at California zoo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A venomous albino cobra that somehow got loose in a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood and attacked a dog, putting residents on edge, has been given a new home at the San Diego Zoo, a spokeswoman there said on Friday.

The all-white specimen of a species called a monocled cobra, which is illegal to possess in California without a special permit, was captured on Thursday near where it was last seen when it scuffled with the dog in the community of Thousand Oaks.