As fire officials throughout the Central Coast prepare for an active fire season, the extended runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport will be getting a lot of use this summer.
About 1,700 feet were added to the already 6,700 feet runway. Tanker planes will be flown in during... more »
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Officials say a wind-whipped wildfire in Reno has destroyed 20 homes, injured several people and forced evacuations. Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that the 400-acre blaze is burning in steep canyons and deep ravines, and "is not going to be out any... more »
The Bureau of Land Management says firefighters have made a lot of progress on the Cotton Fire Monday morning.
Officials say the fire has consumed 2,044 acres since it sparked Saturday morning, and is now 98 percent contained. They say the wildfire did not grow overnight.
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Two men blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed 80 homes in Santa Barbara have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Lawyers for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen entered their pleas Monday. The men, who weren't in court, are charged with failing to obtain a... more »
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters say they expect to contain a 125-acre wildfire in Riverside County by Friday evening. Alma Ruiz of the U.S. Forest Service says the blaze in the Ortega Mountains is 50 percent contained, winds are light and no homes are threatened. The fire, which didn't... more »
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Firefighters say they are making good progress against a wind-driven wildfire that is burning in the hills of Orange County. Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Lynnette Round says firefighters are beginning to get a line around the blaze, which broke out Tuesday night in Anaheim Hills. It... more »
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Firefighters battling a 60-acre fire in Orange County are keeping an eye on the weather. Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority says 50-mph wind gusts are expected later Wednesday that could fan the smoldering blaze back to life. He says wind will be the... more »
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) Firefighters are making good progress against a brush fire that spread through more than 250 acres of rugged wilderness northeast of San Juan Capistrano. Fire officials say the blaze was 75 percent contained Monday evening. Some 300 firefighters hope to have the flames completely surrounded... more »