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Wildfires challenge firefighters in northern Californiaupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 17:16:00

Firefighters gained ground in recent days in the battle with a wildfire that burned 84 buildings and blackened 28,000 acres of dense forest in northern California.

Heartbreaking losses as Western wildfires rageupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 16:18:00

Extreme fire weather across much of the Western United States on Wednesday continued to fuel dozens of wildfires, endangering several communities and threatening to drive more people from their homes.

Residents evacuate as hundreds of firefighters battle California wildfiresupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 13:43:00

One firefighter was injured during the night while battling wildfires that are causing evacuations in Northern California, a fire official said Monday.

California fire that destroyed 27 homes mostly containedupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:50:00

A fire caused by a plane crash that destroyed 27 homes in Tehachapi, California, was 83% contained by early Thursday, according to state and local officials.

California fire threatens 800 homesupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 15:48:00

A fire caused by a plane crash threatened 800 homes or structures in Tehachapi, California, on Monday, with nearly 5,000 acres ablaze in rugged terrain, according to state and local officials.

Plane crash kills 1, starts blaze in Californiaupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 21:37:00

Firefighters scrambled to control a southern California brush fire started by a small plane crash Sunday night, reported federal and local authorities, which ordered residents of one threatened canyon to evacuate.

Triple-digit temperature a concern for California border brush fireupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 00:58:00

A 500-acre brush fire burning on the Mexico-California border is a cause for concern Monday because of the weather, fire officials said.

Crews bringing California wildfires under controlupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 13:35:00

More favorable weather conditions over the weekend helped firefighters gain the upper hand in efforts to contain three fires that have been raging in Southern California.

Strong winds feared in California wildfireupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 09:40:00

Firefighters working to extinguish a spreading California brush fire anticipate strong winds will fuel the blaze, which already has damaged property and injured one person, a fire official told CNN.

California fire began in mulch pile, investigators sayupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 17:35:00

A fire in steep canyons and rural communities near Los Angeles, California, originated in a mulch pile, investigators have found, and they are trying to determine how it started, a fire official said Wednesday.

Residents thank firefightersupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 04:03:00

Residents of Sunland, CA, thank firefighters by making baked goods for them. KCAL's Melissa McCarthy reports.

California wildfire more than twice the size of Sacramentoupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 04:03:00

A fatal wildfire burning north of Los Angeles grew to more than twice the size of California's capital Tuesday evening, as officials upped the reward for information on who set the blaze to $150,000.

Reward for info on California wildfire raised to $150,000updated: Tue Sep 08 2009 21:49:00

A reward for information on who set a fatal wildfire that has been burning north of Los Angeles for almost two weeks has been raised to $150,000, officials said Tuesday.

Expected winds, drop in humidity may hamper wildfire effortupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 02:21:00

An anticipated drop in humidity could hinder the efforts of firefighters battling a 6,800-acre blaze Saturday in Northern California, according to a fire official.

More than 5,000 acres scorched in northern Californiaupdated: Sat Aug 15 2009 06:06:00

A raging wildfire in northern California scorched more than 5,000 acres and hundreds of firefighters struggled to bring it under control Friday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Wildfire forces evacuationupdated: Sat Aug 15 2009 06:06:00

A wildfire near the Santa Cruz mountains of California prompts the evacuation of hundreds. (no audio)

Wildfire continues roaring through Southern Californiaupdated: Sat May 09 2009 01:23:00

A wildfire that has engulfed dozens of homes and displaced thousands of people kept roaring in Southern California on Friday, as fire officials acknowledged they're not sure how much luck they'll have slowing the blaze.

Little Tujunga Canyon fireupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 22:19:00

Up to 750 acres have burned in Little Tujunga Canyon, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. KABC reports.

Wildfires send smoke, ash over Yosemiteupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 14:29:00

Heavy smoke and ash were wafting over Yosemite Park from a fast-moving wildfire that has charred 46 square miles west of the popular tourist destination in California, a park ranger said Tuesday. Fires Near Homes Outside Yosemiteupdated: Sun Jul 27 2008 11:00:00

A fast-spreading fire burning near an entrance to Yosemite National Park forced the evacuations of 170 homes Rains Complicate California Firesupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 07:00:00

Mudslides on fire-scarred land in the eastern Sierra Nevada forced people from their homes, while milder weather in Northern California helped firefighters get a leg up on blazes there and allowed residents of several fire-weary towns to return home

TV crew drives through fireupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 17:44:00

A firefighting team drives a TV crew through a fire in Butte County, California, as flames surround the vehicle.

Wildfires force residents to flee Paradiseupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 17:44:00

Thousands of people living in Paradise are fleeing their small northern California town Wednesday as wildfires charge into the area, officials said. Winds Prompt California Evacuations updated: Wed Jul 09 2008 06:00:00

Thousands of residents north of Sacramento have been told to flee after erratic winds blew embers across wildfire containment lines Fires Poison California Skiesupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 20:00:00

Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash

Big Sur wildfires wreak havocupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 20:47:00

Smoke climbed high into the sky Friday as firefighters struggled to contain two wildfires that combined near Big Sur in California, a fire official said. Wildfires Blaze in Northern Californiaupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 16:45:00

Fire crews battle hundreds of lightning-caused wildfires across Northern California Calif. Fights Storm-Caused Blazeupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 16:00:00

Fire crews joined aircraft from neighboring states Tuesday to battle hundreds of lightning-caused wildfires across Northern California

California wildfiresupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 23:39:00

Firefighters battle hundreds of wildfires including one in Napa County that led to the evacuation of about 250 homes. Hundreds of Blazes Ravage Californiaupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 11:05:00

Wildfires were scattered around Northern California on Sunday as crews farther south were close to containing a blaze that had forced thousands to evacuate

Wildfires spread in Californiaupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 08:41:00

Officials say the Trabing wildfire in Santa Cruz County, California, is composed of five separate fires. Dozens of Homes Burn in Calif. Firesupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 08:20:00

Fires fed by raging winds raced across parts of Northern California on Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes, threatening hundreds of others and leaving a firefighter severely burned

'Fire spread very quickly'updated: Fri May 23 2008 19:50:00

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives an update on efforts to fight a wildfire in Santa Cruz County.

Schwarzenegger urges new fees to boost firefightingupdated: Fri May 23 2008 19:50:00

California firefighters need more equipment and staff to handle wildfires that are increasingly a year-round problem, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday.

California firefighters get break as winds fadeupdated: Fri May 23 2008 13:17:00

A fast-burning wildfire in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains grew to 3,100 acres Friday, prompting rescues and evacuations in two counties, officials said.

Fast-moving California fire destroys 10 homesupdated: Thu May 22 2008 16:49:00

An aggressive wildfire has burned 10 homes and spread across 3,000 acres in Northern California, officials said Thursday. 100-Car Pileup in Calif; 2 Deadupdated: Sat Nov 03 2007 19:00:00

Dense fog along a busy highway was blamed for a massive pileup of as many as 100 cars, killing two people and injuring dozens

Police: Boy playing with matches started 38,000-acre fireupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 10:18:00

A boy playing with matches started a Southern California wildfire that scorched more than 38,000 acres, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

Juvenile suspected in wildfireupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 10:18:00

CNN's Kiran Chetry talks to a sheriff's deputy about who allegedly started one of the largest fires in California.

Back to school after firesupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 08:33:00

30,000 students return to school after a week of wildfires in Southern California. CNN's Kara Finnstrom reports.

Fire deaths, damage come into focus as evacuees copeupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 11:47:00

Firefighters on Friday controlled fourteen of nearly two dozen Southern California wildfires, which authorities have directly blamed for seven deaths.

Family finds only ashesupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 11:47:00

One family returns after a fire to find little but memories left where their home stood. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports

California school standoff ends peacefully updated: Fri Sep 28 2007 18:26:00

A student was taken into custody Friday at a California high school after holding people hostage at gunpoint for more than an hour, authorities said.

Thousands mourn California firefightersupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 03:42:00

Thousands of people attended a California memorial service Sunday for five men who died fighting the Esperanza Fire, which investigators blame on arson.

Three questioned about deadly California wildfireupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 16:03:00

Three people have been questioned in connection with the arson that investigators say sparked the deadly Esperanza wildfire that killed four firefighters

Fighting fires, fear and anger in Californiaupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 09:56:00

Yesterday I heard a California Department of Forestry chief say, "This is a very difficult day for the Forest Service. And this is a very difficult fire."

Firefighter's prognosis is grim, doctor saysupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 02:16:00

The prognosis is "poor" for a firefighter who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body while battling a sprawling Southern California wildfire, the chief of the hospital where the man is being treated said Friday.

Flooding could follow wildfires in Californiaupdated: Sun Jul 16 2006 05:28:00

Heavy rains are forecast for California's fire-ravaged Yucca Valley on Sunday, a welcome relief for firefighters but the monsoon system could cause massive flooding in the desert area, the National Weather Service and a local police official told CNN Radio.

Hundreds of households told to flee wildfiresupdated: Thu Jul 13 2006 18:27:00

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Thursday for hundreds of households in Morongo Valley as nearby wildfires burned on, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Wildfire near L.A. 65 percent containedupdated: Sun Oct 02 2005 15:02:00

Firefighters battling a wildfire that has charred more than 24,000 acres northwest of Los Angeles have contained about two-thirds of the blaze and expect to have it fully under control Monday, according to fire officials.

California fires damage more than 40 structuresupdated: Thu Aug 12 2004 07:27:00

Firefighters Thursday are battling two fast-moving wildfires in Northern California that left more than 40 structures damaged or destroyed and forced the evacuation of more than 100 residences.

California fires keep hundreds away from homesupdated: Tue Jul 20 2004 10:00:00

Slower winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity brightened Tuesday's outlook for firefighters battling a nearly 6,000-acre wildfire in Los Angeles County, where residents were being kept away from about 350 homes.

Wildfires force new evacuations near Los Angelesupdated: Sun Jul 18 2004 12:12:00

Sizzling heat and shifting winds hindered firefighters trying to contain a wildfire moving across the Santa Clarita foothills northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday, prompting authorities to order hundreds of residents to evacuate.

Firefighters make progressupdated: Wed May 05 2004 04:39:00

Good weather is helping firefighters make progress against six Southern California blazes that have scorched nearly 20,000 acres this week in what officials fear could portend a brutal fire season.

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