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Latest Summer 2008 California wildfires Stories

2008-07-10 12:00:38

Firefighters battling wildfires in Northern California got no relief from nature Thursday as dry thunderstorms and triple-digit heat were forecast. The extreme heat and dry conditions favored a 49,000-acre brushfire in Butte County, where firefighters said wind whipped up flames, the air grew hotter and thick smoke blackened the sky Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. So far, the Butte County blaze has destroyed about 50 homes and forced about 10,000 residents to flee....

2008-07-09 15:00:19

A wildfire in Northern California burned 50 homes and forced the evacuation of 10,000 people as firefighters to the south reported making gains. The 49,000-acre fire north of Sacramento caused the worst damage in Concow, officials told the Los Angeles Times. There's just no predicting how things will go, said Wes Cochran, a spokesman for the the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze in Butte County jumped a fire line Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of...

2008-07-09 00:00:16

Wildfires swept through northern California's Butte County Tuesday, sending thousands of people fleeing to safety, authorities said. The evacuations began before dawn after one fire destroyed a rural home, and widened when it hit the small communities of Concow and Camelot and headed toward Paradise, The Sacramento Bee reported. Officials said 50 structures had been destroyed by Tuesday night, but it wasn't clear how many were homes, the Bee said. Randy Totten, a Concow resident who...

2008-07-08 12:00:02

By Adam Foxman, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 8--After several days of moderate weather and fog that helped firefighters battle the Gap fire near Goleta, officials are bracing for a heat wave expected to arrive today. High temperatures in the mountains of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are expected to reach 105 today and remain above 100 through Thursday, the National Weather Service reported. Triple-digit temperatures could last for several hours each day. "It certainly...

2008-07-08 09:00:36

New firefighting crews called in to battle California wildfires LOS ANGELES, July 7 (Xinhua) -- New firefighting crews were called in Monday to battle a wildfire in Southern California in order to take advantage of weakening winds before higher temperatures and probably lightning storms arrive later this week, officials said. The wildfire in Santa Barbara County, one of about 330 blazes still burning in California, has burned nearly 4,000 hectares and forced evacuation of over 2,000...

2008-07-07 18:00:14

By Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 7--Hundreds of fires continue to burn throughout the state today, scorching acreage and threatening homes and businesses. Firefighters are battling 330 active fires in California. More than 1,400 fires have been contained, California Department of Forestry and Fire officials stated in a fire overview released late Monday morning. Fire officials say they are concerned about a high-pressure weather system that moved into the state could...

2008-07-07 15:00:25

By Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 7--Firefighters secured much of the southern and eastern flanks of the raging Gap fire near Goleta on Sunday, but worry about hotter temperatures starting today that could be followed by winds and lightning by the end of the week. "I think they're still just digging in," said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Becker, who was asked if a turning point had been reached. "Definitely not." The fire in Los Padres National Forest had...

2008-07-07 15:00:25

By AMANDA FEHD, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG SUR, Calif. A pair of out-of-control wildfires roared along California's central coast Friday, chewing through opposite ends of a parched forest and threatening a total of more than 4,500 homes. While flames from the stubborn fire in the northern flank of the Los Padres National Forest inched closer to Big Sur's historic vacation retreats, state emergency officials said hot winds had caused a newer blaze 200 miles south in Santa Barbara County to...

2008-07-07 09:00:32

By Joshua Molina, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 7--Fires near Big Sur and Santa Barbara on Sunday continued to ravage the wilderness, but crews made steady progress as winds slowed and temperatures dropped. The Basin Complex fire near the scenic coastal town of Big Sur was 11 percent contained by Sunday night. The fire has consumed about 75,000 acres, destroyed 22 homes and caused widespread panic among residents who have been ordered to evacuate. The estimated containment date is...

2008-07-07 09:00:32

California firefighters said they were hopeful Monday that the two biggest wildfires in the state were coming under control and wouldn't threaten more homes. The biggest concern was north of Santa Barbara, Calif., where the Gap fire was being fought by a crew of 1,100 personnel and had been coming perilously close to 4,000 homes. It had consumed 9,920 acres and was deemed 30 percent contained as of Sunday night, with the part closest to the homes secured, the Los Angeles Times reported....


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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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