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Sep 22, 2014

Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up.

The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento.

Sep 20, 2014

Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire

LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday
to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy
12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber
and brush west of Lake Tahoe.

More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained
displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.

Sep 19, 2014

L.A. pulls ‘unacceptable’ ads for Fox TV show from buses

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles transit officials have pulled posters for a new Fox television network off nearly 200 buses after deeming the language used to describe actress Octavia Spencer’s character inappropriate, a spokesman said on Friday.

The ads, part of a nationwide campaign to promote the hospital comedy-drama “Red Band Society,” were pulled from the buses earlier this week after the chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s found that they could be “perceived as sexist or racist,” MTA spokesman Mark Littman said.

Sep 19, 2014

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size, scorching more than 100 sq m (259 sq km) of drought-parched timber and brush.

More than 3,800 firefighters battled to stop the 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 just 10 percent of the flames, officials said.

Sep 18, 2014

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at California airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing at the airport in Long Beach, California, on Thursday because of a problem with one of its engines, the airline and a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Passengers were evacuated from JetBlue flight 1416 using emergency slides following the incident at 9:30 a.m. PDT (1630 GMT), FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told Reuters.

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.