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Latest Summer 2008 California wildfires Stories

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 6--California firefighting crews have gotten the upper hand on most of the wildfires burning throughout the state, with 1,450 of them reported as contained by this morning, officials said Sunday. But the American River Complex fires burning in the Tahoe National Forest near Foresthill sent heavy smoke into the skies throughout the region. Motorists and others reported heavy smoke along Interstate 80 from Dutch Flat down into the Sacramento area. The...

2008-07-06 15:00:14

By The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 6--California firefighting crews have gotten the upper hand on most of the wildfires burning throughout the state, with 1,450 of them reported as contained by this morning, officials said Sunday. There still are 331 active fires burning and more than 558,000 acres have burned as a result of the blazes that have erupted around the state since June 20, CalFire said. Major concerns remain in the Santa Barbara and Big Sur areas. In Santa Barbara, the Gap...

2008-07-06 15:00:14

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG SUR, Calif. An explosive wildfire ravaged the hillsides above this scenic coastal community Thursday, leaving the popular tourist region mostly deserted ahead of the holiday weekend. The raging blaze near Big Sur was one of more than 1,700 wildfires, mostly ignited by lightning, that have scorched nearly 800 square miles and destroyed more than 60 structures across northern and central California since June 20, according to the California Department of...

2008-07-06 09:00:11

California firefighters braced for record or near-record heat as they battle hundreds of stubborn wildfires, weather forecasters said Sunday. With more than 20,000 firefighters battling 300 fires, Sunday was considered a critical day for efforts against the two biggest fires, one near Santa Barbara and another near Big Sur, the Los Angeles Times reported. But firefighters won't be getting any help from the weather, with temperatures as high as 105 degrees were expected Monday. Near Santa...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

Thousands of firefighters battled wildfires at Big Sur and near Santa Barbara on the California coast Saturday as the forecast called for more heat next week. The National Weather Service said hot dry weather is expected to move into the area, making the job of containing the fires more difficult. Forecasters predicted temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in some areas by Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Gap Fire, which began Tuesday near Goleta in Santa Barbara County, was 24...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

By The Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - 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 double...

2008-07-05 12:00:04

The California wildfire focus shifted to Santa Barbara County Saturday, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to visit with embattled firefighters. Called the Gap fire, a blaze near Goleta, Calif., has forced residents of 1,800 homes to flee and those in 1,400 more were ordered to pack in case they, too, had to leave their homes, The Los Angeles Times reported. The Santa Barbara fire was being fanned by winds called sundowners, stiff breezes that come down off the nearby mountains...

2008-07-05 12:00:03

By Amanda Fehd 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...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 1--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today ordered the California National Guard to help fight the wildfires scorching Northern California. The National Guard is mobilizing at least 200 of its members from Northern and Southern California to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as it fights hundreds of fires covering thousands of acres, the governor's office announced this morning. Though fires are burning throughout...

2008-07-01 15:00:25

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday called out the California National Guard to help battle a stubborn swarm of wildfires burning in the state. Schwarzenegger's office said in a written statement that about 200 troops from around the state would join the nearly 19,000 firefighters struggling to contain around 945 fires burning in the central and northern California. The troops will act as hand crews, handle communications and transportation, and operate eight additional bulldozers....


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