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    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - Dry brush and hot weather helped
    spread a brush fire that had grown to 1,600 acres, destroyed two
    outbuildings and was threatening at least 50 rural homes Tuesday on
    the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    Several structures visibly were ablaze as dozens of residents
    voluntarily evacuated their homes Monday and Tuesday.
    And Tuesday morning, the thick smoke that could be seen for
    miles kept firefighting air tankers grounded, stripping the 1,000
    firefighters battling the blaze of a major weapon, said Pamela
    Rhoten, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Forestry.
    The air tankers returned to the skies in the afternoon.
    The fire started Monday around 2:15 p.m. and quickly crackled
    through tinder-dry oak, brush and grasses, home to mountain lions,
    bobcats, coyotes and gray foxes. The area, characterized by hot,
    dry summers has seen little moisture recently.
    The fire was 10 percent contained Tuesday but still spreading
    quickly.
    John Moore owns six acres along the summit and stood atop a
    nearby ridge with his dog, Dusty, and three cats Monday night
    watching flames and thick smoke blow up the hill toward his
    property.
    "Everything I own is up here," he said.
    April and James Williams also live near the summit and said they
    did not plan to sleep.
    "We're definitely going to be keeping an eye on it all night,"
    April Williams said, adding that her fear grew when the drone of
    air tankers ceased overhead around sundown.
    Smoke from the fire was visible as far away as Oakland to the
    north and Santa Cruz to the west.
    The fire burned near Sveadal, a resort owned by the Swedish
    American Patriotic League, and near rural Uvas Canyon County Park,
    about 50 miles south of San Francisco. The lushly wooded park,
    named for the once-abundant wild grapes that grew there, comprises
    more than 1,200 acres on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz
    Mountains.

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    State Office of Emergency Services as activated several OES Engine strike teams
    These are engine's given to local fire departments at no cost who agree to staff the rig and send anywhere in california when needed

    OES 228 is the assigned Engine to Monrovia and was dispatched along with OES 230 out of Arcadia and OES 281 out of Sierra Madre

    A Cousin of mine lives in La Verne, Her home is not threatned by this fire

    Verdugo which is the strike team cordinator for area c can provide 2 strike teams if needed, And if necesary at the approval of Glendale Fire Chief Chris Gray a 3rd Strike Team can be sent
    Well this afternoon
    Burbank Engine 12 Engine 14, Glendale Engine 25, Pasadena Engine's 34 and 36 and Glendale Battalion 2 formed into Strike Team 1202A and responded to this incident
    If anyone is intresting in hearing live audio feeds of this incident e-mail me and I can direct you to a several websites with audio
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smoke roiling off a wildfire burning over
    thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest filled much of
    the metropolitan region Tuesday, sending pollution levels soaring
    and triggering public health warnings.
    Weather and geography conspired to extend the effects of the
    Williams Fire beyond the suburban foothill cities directly
    endangered by the flames on the south face of the San Gabriel
    Mountains, one of the ranges that hem the Los Angeles Basin.
    An unusually strong inversion layer capped the smoke, confining
    it to a roughly 2,000-foot-thick layer over portions of Los
    Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, officials said.
    Lack of wind further kept smoke from dispersing, shrouding the
    region in gray.
    "If I didn't know it was smoke, I'd think it was a low fog
    layer," said weather observer Lu Rarogiewicz as he overlooked the
    San Gabriel Valley from atop 5,700-foot high Mount Wilson. The
    mountain was briefly enveloped in smoke earlier Tuesday, forcing
    astronomers there to suspend solar observations with the telescopes
    that dot the peak.
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which monitors
    pollutant levels in the region, issued a special smoke advisory
    Tuesday, urging the public to avoid unnecessary outdoor activity in
    areas where the smoke was present.
    The smoke contains high levels of fine particles that can lodge
    deep in the lungs, damaging them.
    The Los Angeles County Department of Health issued an "extreme
    caution advisory" for a wide area, chiefly valleys north and east
    of Los Angeles were smoke was trapped.
    The smoke also contains pollutants that had settled out of the
    atmosphere in the last rain-free months, only to be pumped back
    into the air when the soot-coated brush burned, said Joe Cassmassi,
    a senior meteorologist with the air quality agency. That adds to
    the stew of pollutants contained in the smoke, he added.
    "It's like a double-whammy in that regard," Cassmassi said.
    An onshore flow was expected to pick up later in the week and
    help disperse the smoke.
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    Post Forest Closed

    Angeles National Forest closed because of wildfire

    (Irwindale-AP) -- The entire Angeles National Forest was closed
    to the public at noon because of the danger of new fires.
    The U-S Forest Service made the announcement and said some day
    passes will be issued to people with special needs.
    The 650-thousand-acre forest is a major recreation area for the
    Los Angeles Basin and residents of desert cities on the north side
    of San Gabriel Mountains. It is also crossed by several highways
    including a heavily used commuter route between the desert and
    basin.
    An eight-thousand-acre wildfire has destroyed more than 40
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    MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that has destroyed
    dozens of cabins and forced the closure of 650,000-acres in Angeles
    National Forest prompted mandatory evacuations as smoke spread
    across communities northeast of Los Angeles.
    The fire had scorched about 22,000 acres of the national forest
    by Wednesday morning, equal to about 11 square miles.
    The fire was the larger of two big blazes in California. The
    other raced over 1,600 acres in a park south of San Jose,
    destroying 15 structures and threatening 50 homes.
    The blaze northeast of Los Angeles more than doubled in size
    Tuesday. Some 2,000 firefighters were hampered by rugged terrain
    and temperatures that soared into the high 90s.
    A fine layer of ash fell on cars and yards in several San
    Gabriel Valley communities on the eastern edge of Los Angeles,
    prompting air quality authorities to issue a warning.
    Forty cabins and four federal research buildings were destroyed,
    and residents reported seeing 30-foot flames in some areas. The
    cost of battling the blaze has reached $1.5 million.
    The cause of the wildfire was under investigation, although
    officials ruled out barbecues or campfires as a possibility.
    On the northern edge of Claremont, residents of 40 homes in
    Palmer Canyon were ordered to leave because the fire was fast
    approaching.
    "I can see flame right from my back yard. We got ash in the
    back yard, on the sidewalk and the pool," said Los Angeles Dodgers
    manager Jim Tracy, who lives in Claremont, 40 miles east of
    downtown Los Angeles.
    The fire, which began Sunday evening near privately owned Camp
    Williams and Camp Fellows, had destroyed 40 of 77 cabins and four
    federal buildings in the San Dimas Canyon area. It burned just
    three miles southeast of an area scorched earlier this month by a
    16,000-acre fire.
    California's other major wildfire roared toward 250 threatened
    homes along the lushly forested Santa Cruz Mountains, destroying at
    least 15 structures. More than 1,000 firefighters were deployed.
    Dozens of residents voluntarily evacuated their homes and
    officials warned those lingering to pack their cars so they could
    leave at a moment's notice. Officials believe the blaze was sparked
    Monday by a fire within a mobile home along the eastern side of the
    mountains.
    The fire's thick smoke has hampered firefighting efforts. Air
    tankers were grounded for much of Tuesday until the smoke cleared a
    bit in the afternoon. The smoke was visible from downtown San Jose,
    20 miles to the north.
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    I can see the header from this new fire from the backyard oy my house, Pretty good header
    Eww... my dad's departments sent a strike team down there and they've got another team on stand by... looks like they'll be going by the end of the week.

    It's gonna be a dry winter too. The whole southwest is just a giant cinder box waiting to burst.

    I wish I could be down there kicking this thing too!
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    The Willams fire is in the verge of crossing into another county
    30,000 acres have burned
    2,668 Firefighters on scene
    4.1 Million to fight this fire
    Winds blowing from the west the fire has crossed the east fork and is burning in several areas that are unburned
    The fire has also begun to burn north towards where the curve fire burned
    5 Minor Injuries
    71 Strutures have burned
    Fire is also threatning homes in the baldy village area

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    Post Wednesday Update

    CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A fire raging in wilderness above Los
    Angeles' eastern foothills ballooned to 30,000 acres and threatened
    hundreds of homes Wednesday as it marched across the San Gabriel
    Mountains.
    The blaze was about two miles from Mount Baldy Village, a small
    community 4,000 feet up its namesake mountain, and several miles
    from 700 suburban foothill homes, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P.
    Michael Freeman said.
    The fire has incinerated 71 cabins and other buildings within
    Angeles National Forest since Sunday, but lack of strong wind was
    helping firefighters keep it out of the suburban sprawl abutting
    wildlands 30 to 45 miles east of Los Angeles.
    "I was nervous the first few days but it doesn't seem like it's
    going to come off the mountains," said Morgan Sokolow, 21, a
    college student who lives in a foothill home in Claremont.
    Containment was estimated at just 10 percent as flames moved
    both east and west along a 15-mile-long line. About 2,700
    firefighters worked the lines as 35 helicopters and airplanes
    attacked the flames from the air. Five minor injuries were
    reported.
    Highs were in the 90s Wednesday but cooler temperatures and
    higher humidity were expected in the next few days.
    Hot, dry Santa Anwinds often blow between September and
    February. In past years they have swept fire into neighborhoods. In
    late 1993, the winds fanned fires that destroyed 1,000 buildings in
    Malibu, Altadena and Laguna Beach.
    Hundreds of people were ordered to leave Mount Baldy Village
    Tuesday night, but about 50 chose to remain. The lodge, built in
    1914, stayed open to serve as a gathering place for residents, and
    plans to fight the blaze with fire hoses and water from its
    44,000-gallon swimming pool, owner Missy Ellingson said.
    "Most people sent their families down. The men are still
    here," Ellingson said. "They've been here for years and years and
    years. They're not trying to be heroes or anything but they don't
    want to leave their homes."
    Waiter Tom Staub noted some firefighters sipping coffee and
    said, "When they go, we'll go.
    "I'm nervous, absolutely. It's nerve-wracking. But I live
    here," Staub said.
    Fire inspectors said they had found the point of origin buried
    under rocks and debris that rolled off a burned-over hillside by a
    road. The cause was still under investigation, but officials ruled
    out barbecues or campfires as a possibility.
    The huge amount of smoke from the fire continued to reduce air
    quality in some parts of the Los Angeles metropolitan region to
    unhealthful levels. Two soccer matches at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Colleges were postponed because of the pollution.
    The entire 650,000-acre Angeles National Forest was closed to
    recreation, although its mountain highways were open to commuter
    traffic.
    The fire was the larger of two serious wildland blazes in
    California. The other, a 2,529-acre fire in Santa Clara County west
    of Morgan Hill, was 25 percent contained after destroying 30
    structures, including at least 11 homes since Monday. Six people
    suffered minor injuries in that blaze.
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    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters raced to defend scores
    of homes as one of the area's largest wildfires in decades lurched
    toward remote neighborhoods nestled along the lushly forested Santa
    Cruz Mountains
    The 2,529-acre blaze sent towering walls of flame through
    tinder-dry brush and trees. At least 11 homes were confirmed
    destroyed and four were damaged according to Steve Gasaway, a
    California Department of Forestry spokesman.
    CDF had surveyed 30 percent of the area damaged by the 3-day-old
    fire. About 35 homes were checked by Wednesday evening, he said.
    There was no estimate on how many outbuildings had been affected.
    Six minor injuries were reported.
    Dozens of firefighters and helicopters worked to halt the
    advance of flames late Wednesday afternoon along the Santa
    Clara-Santa Cruz County line, midway between Corralitos and Morgan
    Hill. The intense flames shot 30 feet into the air and ashes snowed
    down on Summit Road, along the county border.
    Santa Clara County officials on Wednesday declared a state of
    emergency, which allowed them to bring in additional resources from
    outside and get disaster relief for residents, according to Pete
    Kutras, assistant county executive.
    "We know some homes have been lost and as the fire is moving, a
    great number of additional homes are being threatened," Kutras
    said.
    The fire line was within a half mile of Kim Son Meditation
    Center, a Buddhist temple on Mt. Madonna, close to Loma Prieta
    peak.
    On Monday, more than 150 people were at the center for a
    retreat, but by Wednesday, just a handful remained. They hoped to
    stay, but were staying in touch with authorities.
    "If it becomes dangerous, then we'll have to leave," a nervous
    Thich Quang Chieu said.
    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials
    believe the fire was sparked Monday by a fire within a trailer home
    along the eastern side of the mountains.
    The rural area is known to law enforcement officials as a
    frequent dumping ground for the remains of methamphetamine labs.
    "You find a lot of dirt up there," said Santa Clara County
    sheriff's deputy Terrance Helm. "We find a lot of meth equipment.
    They just dump the stuff up there."
    A full investigation was delayed as more than 1,500 firefighters
    from around the state battled the flames, which caused propane
    tanks to explode as the fire closed in on homes. Residents in an
    area known as Redwood Retreat were ordered to evacuate their homes.
    Winds started picking up Wednesday afternoon, boosting fears
    among residents and fire officials that it would fan the wildfires.
    "It's so rugged. We're in a little valley and we're just
    surrounded by rough, rough terrain on all sides. It's just
    impossible to try to fight," said Julie Erikson-Bowman, who lives
    part-time in Sveadal, a resort owned by the Swedish American
    Patriotic League.
    Residents said there had not been such a big wildfire in their
    area since the 1920s, though a July 1985 arson fire in the Santa
    Cruz Mountains, near the Lexington Reservoir, burned 13,800 acres,
    destroyed 42 homes and forced the evacuation of 4,500 people.
    The fire remained 25 percent contained Wednesday, and CDF
    spokesman John Amos said full containment might be possible by
    Saturday. Firefighters were trying to block two active fronts that
    were creeping to the southeast and north.
    "It will be totally dependent on the success of operations here
    tonight," Gasaway said.
    Dozens of residents voluntarily evacuated their homes, and
    officials warned those lingering to pack their cars so they could
    leave at a moment's notice. Thick smoke was visible from downtown
    San Jose, 20 miles to the north. A Red Cross shelter was opened at
    a Morgan Hill high school.
    Melanie Albaugh sat at the intersection of Uvas and Croy roads
    with about two dozen neighbors Wednesday. She left her rental cabin
    in a hurry Monday afternoon.
    "I left a lot of possessions up there. We took the garbage out,
    but I thought we were going to be able to come back, so I left a
    lot of things up there," she said.
    The area, characterized by hot, dry summers, has seen little
    moisture recently. It is home to mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes
    and gray foxes, as well as horses kept by many of the residents.
    The fire, which Britten said has cost $1.5 million so far to
    fight, was burning near the 110-acre Sveadal resort and near rural
    Uvas Canyon County Park, about 50 miles south of San Francisco.
    The lushly wooded park, named for the once-abundant wild grapes
    that grew there, comprises more than 1,200 acres on the eastern
    side of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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    Here is the latest
    The cost of fighting this fire is $6.6 Million
    31,500 acres charred and the fire is 25% contained

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    Arrow 9/26 update

    Time to call the Kiwis for an assist!!

    MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, California (AP) - Firefighters laid
    thousands of feet of fire hose and prepared strike teams to defend
    homes and businesses as a 32,000-acre (12,800-hectare) wildfire
    burned its way up the mountain.
    The most dangerous flank of the blaze above Los Angeles' eastern
    foothill suburbs on Thursday moved within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of
    this community more than 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) up Mount Baldy.
    "We are at the top of the chimney," said Capt. Jim Wilkins, a
    spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in the village where
    firefighters were doubling 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) of fire hose
    already laid.
    Only about 80 of the village's 900 full-time residents remained.
    Air tankers rumbled overhead on sorties to bomb distant flames with
    retardant and water.
    The fire has burned 71 cabins and other buildings within Angeles
    National Forest since it began Sunday.
    Lack of wind slowed the fire's momentum and it was not projected
    to reach the village before Saturday, said Capt. Mark Reinhold, an
    Orange County Fire Authority spokesman.
    The village is a stopping point for skiers, hikers, families on
    outings and motorcycle touring groups. Its businesses and homes are
    arrayed along a two-lane road that ends at the base of a ski area.
    California's other major blaze, covering 3,142 acres (1,257
    hectares) in Santa Cruz County near Morgan Hill was 40 percent
    contained after destroying 11 homes and damaging four. It was
    burning toward remote neighborhoods along the forested Santa Cruz
    Mountains.
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    The cost of this fire continues to go up
    The cost of fighting this fire is now at $8.1 Million
    The cause is still undetermined at this time

    The road leading up to Baldy village is also very narrow

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the beach is this city's front yard, then
    the Angeles National Forest, with its tall, rugged San Gabriel
    Mountains, serves as its sprawling backyard.
    Since its designation 110 years ago, it has become one of the
    most visited of the 155 national forests while standing as an
    alpine backdrop to crowded metropolitan Los Angeles.
    But a raging wildfire that has already incinerated more than
    31,000 acres of brush, has forced officials to close the forest for
    the first time in a generation.
    "The forest closure means I cannot walk more than 20 feet from
    my back door," said Nancy Steele, whose home in suburban Altadena
    abuts the forest. "That's our park. They've closed our park."
    The closure could last for months - even a year - to guard
    against more fires and to protect the foothill communities built up
    along its fringes.
    "We just simply cannot allow another ignition to create an
    inferno like we've had here that continues to threaten communities
    all along the Angeles area," said Ron Raley, the U.S. Forest
    Service incident commander.
    That's bad news to the hordes of people who use the 650,000-acre
    forest much like residents of New York City use Central Park.
    More than 20 million people live within an hour's drive of the
    forest; 10 million visit in a typical year. On holiday weekends, as
    many as 30,000 people have been known to crowd into the area now
    scorched by the so-called Williams Fire.
    "We have beaches, of course, but we have mountains, too. We
    have the best of both worlds," said Don Bremner, head of the
    Sierra Club's Pasadena chapter.
    Crowning the forest are the San Gabriel Mountains, with peaks
    that clear 10,000 feet.
    Naturalist John Muir once wrote that in the San Gabriels,
    "Mother Nature is most ruggedly, thornily savage. Not even in the
    Sierra have I ever made the acquaintance of mountains more rigidly
    inaccessible."
    But the steepness that lures hikers and climbers also makes
    fighting fires a difficult task and sparks fears that winter rains
    will cause devastating floods as water cascades down steep canyons
    stripped of vegetation.
    The forest divides the Los Angeles Basin from the Mojave Desert,
    and remains in parts a very wild place. Bears, mountain lions, deer
    and bighorn sheep all roam its slopes. But it's also an urban
    forest. On weekdays, its roads are traveled by harried commuters
    taking a shortcut from the desert to Los Angeles.
    On any given day, the forest also attracts leather-clad
    motorcycle racers, tenders of illegal marijuana plantations,
    practitioners of Santeria, poachers, thieves looking to dump stolen
    cars, astronomers en route to the observatories atop Mount Wilson,
    and hikers drawn by its many trails.
    "Virtually a small city appears, and with use like that,
    there's abuse," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Skip
    Pullee.
    When visitors are allowed to return, they will find a much
    different place, since the fire has blackened some of the forest's
    most heavily visited areas.
    "I dread thinking of going up there and seeing what's
    happened," the Sierra Club's Bremner said. "There are going to be
    thousands of people who are disappointed."
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    35,000 acres 35% contained
    7 Injuries all minor
    44 homea and 28 outbuildings destroyed
    Current cost of fighting this fire $10.1 Million
    Strike Team 1204A has returned and been disbanded

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    Post Sunday Evening Update

    MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, California (AP) - A wildfire burning near
    this mountain hamlet was nearly surrounded, though high humidity
    and rain made it difficult for firefighters to ignite necessary
    backfires.
    "The weather is controlling the fire right now," said Jon
    Kohn, a Bureau of Land Management spokesman. The blaze was 80
    percent contained Sunday night; full containment was expected by
    Tuesday evening.
    The 36,200-acre (14,480-hectare) fire still was less than 2
    miles (3 kilometers) from Mount Baldy Village, but it was moving
    slowly and no flames were visible from town.
    The fire had burned 72 cabins and other buildings in the Angeles
    National Forest and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Drought-parched California, which has lost
    dozens of homes and nearly a half-million acres of wilderness so
    far this fire season, could soon emerge from the ashes.
    If recent cooler weather lingers, it could end the season next
    month. But hot, gusting Santa Ana winds are more likely to prolong
    it and increase danger - particularly in Southern California.
    "If history repeats itself, we still are facing the worst,"
    said Karen Terrill, a spokeswoman for the California Department of
    Forestry.
    "We're looking for at least another six weeks of fire season,"
    predicted Rick Ochoa, fire weather program coordinator for the
    National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
    Experts say Californians should get used to the idea that
    wildfires will be more frequent and dangerous in the future as
    suburbs push ever farther into the foothills.
    "There was a time 50 years ago when 100,000 acres could burn in
    California and not lose a house," Terrill said. "Now it's hard to
    see a 100-acre fire that doesn't threaten - if not take out - a
    couple of homes."
    The latest inferno, a 36,130-acre blaze that destroyed more than
    70 cabins and other buildings in the Angeles National Forest,
    continued to burn Sunday on the edge of suburban Los Angeles. The
    Williams Fire was 80 percent contained.
    The entire 650,000-acre forest northeast of Los Angeles, one of
    the most heavily used national parks in the country, has been
    closed indefinitely to avoid more fires.
    In Northern California, a 3,127-acre blaze roaring through rural
    neighborhoods along the Santa Cruz Mountains since Monday had
    destroyed 31 homes. The fire was fully contained by 8 p.m.
    Saturday, but would not be fully controlled for another two weeks,
    CDF spokesman Bob Davis said Sunday.
    Most wildfires are caused by humans, whether accidentally or on
    purpose, Terrill said. In the 1940s, the state averaged 2,000
    wildfires a year but over the past five years that number has
    reached nearly 7,000 annually.
    These days, wildland firefighters often run from house to house,
    warning people as they knock down fences and navigate narrow,
    winding roads.
    Linda DeSalvio's home in San Dimas was threatened by the
    Williams Fire until crews set backfires that raised 30-foot flames
    to stop the main fire from creeping down the hillside into
    backyards.
    The mother of three children said the fire hasn't changed her
    mind about living in the foothills, and she is confident that it's
    safe, thanks to skilled firefighters, tile roofs and big back yards
    to stop flames.
    "I think it's a wonderful place to live," she said. "It's
    very peaceful. We have the beautiful surroundings ... It's removed
    enough that you don't have all the congestion of being in town but
    it's close enough that you're accessible to everything."
    She has only one complaint: "They want to build homes above
    us."
    So far this year, there have been more than 480,000 acres of
    land lost in about 6,700 California wildfires, according to the
    interagency fire center.
    Earlier this year, the 62,000-acre Pines fire in San Diego
    County destroyed 37 homes. Another 121,200 acres burned in the
    Sequoia National Forest.
    A 20,857-acre fire that began Sept. 1 in the Angeles National
    Forest destroyed 73 structures, including 50 recreational cabins,
    and injured 14 firefighters.
    However, the number of fires on state and federal land has been
    about normal compared to past years.
    "The difference is that the fire conditions are a lot more
    extreme and dangerous," said Kim Zagaris, fire and rescue chief
    for the state Office of Emergency Services.
    A drought has left brush tinder-dry. Much of Southern California
    has seen a 150-year low for seasonal rainfall, according to the
    center.
    "You can go to a lumber yard and find wood that has more
    moisture than some of the timber and brush that you have in
    Southern California right now," Ochoa said.
    Along with the drought, a devastating outbreak of sudden oak
    death and a bark beetle infestation have turned tens of thousands
    of trees into dead wood.
    But this is not nearly the worst season on record, either in
    acreage or homes lost. There were nearly 3,000 homes destroyed in
    1991, most of them in the Oakland firestorm.
    A record 13,476 wildfires destroyed 873,000 acres of brush and
    timberland in 1987.

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    That little bit of rain we got helped crews on the Willams fire alot,They are expecting full containment by 10-10-02 by 6PM If the weather holds up maybe even sooner

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    That is GREAT news...let's hope they accomplish that, and also hope the weather prevents additional ignitions! Those Santa Ana winds are lurking.....
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    MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) - With a 9-day-old wildfire
    nearly under control, residents evacuated from this mountain
    village began returning home Monday evening.
    The Williams Canyon fire, which has scorched 36,530 acres and
    destroyed 76 houses, cabins and other buildings, was 90 percent
    contained Monday night, with full containment expected by 6 p.m.
    Tuesday.
    At one point the blaze extended some 15 miles through the
    Angeles National Forest, threatening several foothill communities
    30 to 45 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
    The evacuation order for Mount Baldy Village, a rustic mountain
    hamlet of 900 people, was lifted at 7 p.m., said U.S. Forest
    Service information manager Gary Chase.
    "We've had people tell us they loved us a lot today, and we're
    not used to that," Chase said.
    Firefighters said light rain, cooler temperatures and low winds
    in recent days helped them surround the blaze, which so far has
    cost $14.9 million to fight. Its cause remains under investigation.
    About 1,300 firefighters remained on the lines. At the peak of
    the fire last week, 3,500 firefighters worked to bring it under
    control.

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    It was another overcast day here and it was a bit cold tonight
    Containment is now expected by tommarow evening

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    100 % Contained
    Size: 37,240 acres
    Number of Incident Personnel: 598
    Cause undetermined

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    MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) - The largest wildfire in
    Southern California this year, which charred more than 38,000 acres
    and destroyed 76 houses, cabins and other buildings, has been fully
    contained, officials said.
    The Williams fire was 100 percent contained Tuesday night as the
    number of firefighters had dwindled to 600 from a peak of 3,000,
    said Angeles National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Peterson.
    The blaze threatened several foothill communities 30 to 45 miles
    northeast of Los Angeles. About 800 residents of Mount Baldy
    Village who were evacuated last week were allowed to return to
    their homes Monday night.
    Lower temperatures, higher humidity and light rain helped
    firefighters gain control of the fire before it could come within a
    mile of the rustic hamlet.
    Fire officials estimate suppression costs at $15 million, an
    amount that will be shared by the federal government, state and Los
    Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
    The blaze began Sept. 22 and quickly spread to the Angeles
    National Forest. Rugged terrain and triple-digit temperatures
    worked against firefighters for more than a week. Officials also
    closed the entire 650,000-acre forest to guests.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
    The Los Angeles County assessor's office said that owners of
    homes with damage of $10,000 or more might be eligible for some
    property tax relief. County Assessor Rick Auerbach said that most
    of the damaged homes appear to be on land leased from the federal
    government, so such relief would not apply.

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    Transient arrested for setting blaze ruled out in other fires
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    GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A transient arrested on suspicion of
    starting a 5-acre brush fire has been ruled out as a suspect in
    other fires he claimed he set, authorities said Sunday.
    Danny Mendez, 46, was booked for investigation of arson Saturday
    in connection with a fire in the south hills of Glendora, about 30
    miles east of Los Angeles, said Glendora Police Sgt. Al Wadham.
    Shortly after the fire was extinguished around 10:45 a.m.,
    Mendez emerged from the brush and admitted setting the blaze and
    others too, including last month's "Curve Fire" that scorched
    18,700 acres and destroyed 72 buildings in the Angeles National
    Forest outside Azusa, authorities said.
    But after questioning by investigators, Mendez, who was jailed
    in lieu of $50,000 bail, was ruled out as a suspect in the other
    recent fires.
    "We believe he is responsible for our fire yesterday," Wadham
    said. "We have not established any connection between Mr. Mendez
    and any fire other than our own."
    Ed Gililland, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said
    investigators do not believe Mendez set the Curve Fire.
    "Our law enforcement folks did question that man in Glendora
    and it appears there is no connection between him and our
    wildfires," Gililland said.
    Firefighters, aided by helicopters and ground crews, quickly
    extinguished the 5-acre brush fire in Glendora, Wadham said. No
    injuries or property damage was reported.
    Mendez is expected to be charged with arson Monday, Wadham said.

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    Arrow EXTREME FIRE DANGER!

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Facing the driest conditions in its recorded
    history, the Cleveland National Forest will shut down indefinitely
    Friday because of extreme fire danger.
    "Fires this summer have burned with such intensity that they
    are almost impossible to control," U.S. Forest Service supervisor
    Anne Fege said Wednesday. "We must do everything possible to
    prevent additional large fires in our forest."
    Recreational use will be restricted to developed areas where
    roads will give easy access during fire suppression. No campfires
    will be allowed in any part of the forest. Remote camping also is
    prohibited throughout the forest.
    "We want to remind people to smoke only inside enclosed
    vehicles, to be sure that all mechanical equipment has approved
    spark arresters and to be careful when doing back yard barbecues,"
    Fege said in a news release.
    Hunting will be allowed in the Agua Tibia Wilderness and Indian
    Flats.
    The closure doesn't apply to private land within the forest,
    which is north of the Mexican border and east of San Diego, or to
    camps operating within the closure area.
    Highways and roads will remain open for through traffic only.
    Cleveland is the third major Southern California forest to be
    closed in recent weeks because of fire danger.
    The San Bernardino National Forest was closed last week because
    of what officials called extreme fire conditions there. The vast
    majority of the 671,686-acre forest east of Los Angeles was
    expected to remain off-limits to the public for at least a month,
    although the public may still visit towns within the forest.
    The entire 650,000-acre Angeles National Forest just northeast
    of Los Angeles was closed last month after a fire broke out there,
    burning more than 38,000 acres and destroying more than 70
    buildings.

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