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    Default 2nd Alarm Brush fire - Monrovia

    Firefighters get break
    By Marshall Allen, Staff Writer


    MONROVIA

    A fire burned five acres in Monrovia Canyon Park Thursday morning, but it could have been much worse, Monrovia fire officials said.

    The two-alarm fire started about 1:30 a.m. and 130 firefighters from several departments responded.

    "Fires don't just develop in the middle of the night, especially with the moisture content we had in the area," Monrovia Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna said. "It looks like someone set it."

    The weather favored the firefighters, but the fire fed on dry fuel and made a run on the steep terrain, DiGiovanna said. "Had this been a couple days ago, when temperatures were up, or during the Santa Ana winds, we'd be looking at a whole different ball game," DiGiovanna said.

    A controlled burn seven years ago, and the fact that the departments have regular training exercises in the park, were also factors in controlling the fire, DiGiovanna said.
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    Default Red Flag Warning Issued

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
    200 PM PDT MON NOV 18 2002


    ...RED FLAG WARNING FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY DUE TO FOR STRONG
    GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES ACROSS COASTAL...VALLEY AND MOUNTAIN
    AREAS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES...ZONES 040...044...045
    ...046...047...088...053...AND 054.

    DISCUSSION: HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING OVER NEVADA WILL CAUSE WARM
    AND GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS ACROSS VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES.
    WINDS WILL BE NORTHEASTERLY 25 TO 35 MPH WITH LOCALLY STRONGER GUSTS
    THROUGH PASSES AND CANYONS. HUMIDITIES WILL HOVER AROUND 10 TO 15
    PERCENT ESPECIALLY IN THE PASSES AND CANYONS


    This means Fire department's will most likely have increased staffing as well as increase patrol's in high fire area's

    The Angeles National Forest has been reopended thanks to a good amount of rain that drenched California two weeks back

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    Post Santa Ana...getting interesting

    Santa Ana winds increase fire danger

    (Riverside-AP) -- This week's warm temperatures and Santa Ana
    winds have prompted Southern California fire officials to beef up
    staffing and issue strong warnings about fire danger.
    California forestry spokesman Bill Peters says the rains earlier
    this month helped only for the short term, and now "we're
    basically back to where we started."
    Yesterday, C-D-F moved into a "special staffing pattern,"
    bringing in three strike teams from central California.
    A "Red Flag Warning" also was issued yesterday for both San
    Bernardino County and western Riverside County. Fire officials say
    that warning is based on wind, low humidity and low fuel moisture.
    Winds in the Inland Empire are forecast to be 25 to 35 miles an
    hour today, with gusts to 60 miles an hour below the passes and
    canyons.
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    Post Southern California DRY

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters gained Thursday on a
    suspicious 476-acre blaze in brushy hills along the Orange-San
    Bernardino county line.
    The fire, which broke out Wednesday evening, was 80 percent
    contained, with no structures damaged or lost. One firefighter was
    treated overnight for heat exhaustion.
    Santa Ana winds that had gusted up to 35 mph at times began to
    fall off, helping 150 firefighters who were on the lines about 30
    miles east of Los Angeles, said Garry Layman, a spokesman with the
    Orange County Fire Authority.
    The fire burned a quarter-mile from the closest homes, Layman
    said. Several oil wells and houses under construction were also
    close but a firebreak protected them.
    The fire charred 408 acres of land in the Chino Hills State
    Park, which was closed to visitors, park Superintendent Ron Krueper
    said.
    The fire was considered "incendiary or suspicious" but
    investigators had not determined the specific cause, Layman said.
    The blaze was spotted at the end of Wednesday's record-setting
    heat in Southern California that had put fire agencies on alert.

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    Post Prescription for disaster

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fierce Santa Ana winds raked Southern
    California on Monday, toppling power lines, big-rigs and trees,
    stirring up huge dust clouds and raising fire danger across the
    region.
    More than 40,000 Southern California Edison customers were
    blacked out at times during the day, and some 8,400 were still
    without power by night, the utility said. Three-hundred personnel
    were working to restore service.
    The winds flowing out of the interior and offshore were
    unleashed by upper-level low pressure over southeast California in
    combination with a strong high-pressure building over the Great
    Basin, the National Weather Service said.
    Powerful gusts were expected to remain a problem through Tuesday
    night.
    "Red Flag" warnings were issued because of the strong drying
    effect that dramatically increased fire danger levels. Humidity
    levels plunged to the teens and single digits by afternoon, the NWS
    said.
    State forestry and fire officials ordered special staffing in
    the Riverside region east of Los Angeles.
    The winds pushed well out to sea and forecasters warned that the
    east-facing harbors and landings of the Channel Islands could be
    affected by a significant wind-driven swell.

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    Gusting winds spread fires in Sierra Nevada foothills

    (Sonora-AP) -- Wind-driven wildfires are taxing firefighting
    crews up and down the northern Sierra Nevada today - weeks after
    the end of northern California's official fire season.
    Problems in the Tahoe and Eldorado national forests and in
    Calaveras County all began when high winds spread fires set by
    Sierra Pacific Industries. The timber giant ignited the fires more
    than two weeks ago to burn large piles of logging debris.
    A thousand-acre fire is burning south of Highway 50, two miles
    south of Riverton.
    About 250 acres are burning mostly on Sierra Pacific land
    northeast of Nevada City.
    The largest of six Calaveras County fires is 30 acres near
    Highway 4 near Dorrington.
    No structures are reported threatened by any of the fires.

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    Post January Readiness

    CDF preparing for worst as winds head for San Diego County

    (San Diego-AP) -- The California Department of Forestry is
    putting resources in place in preparation for Santa Ana winds
    expected to begin in San Diego County tonight (Sunday).
    The C-D-F is bringing 15 people and five engines back on duty
    tonight. Two dozers and four handcrews are also getting ready in
    case things get out of hand.
    Fire danger is expected to be very to extremely high with the
    coming Santa Ana winds. Recent rains have helped dampen the ground,
    but the water hasn't made its way into the heavier brush.
    There's currently a ban on burning brush or incinerators in the
    county.

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    Post 2003 starts with a bang

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - A 1,200-acre wildfire stoked by fierce
    Santa Ana winds threatened hundreds of homes Monday in the hills
    overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
    An estimated 250 homes were at risk, said Los Angeles County
    Fire Department spokeswoman Maria Grycan. Two homes were damaged,
    along with a car.
    "Right now the wind is the most dangerous aspect of this,"
    Grycan said as flames danced around homes, some protected by green
    lawns, others by fire engines.
    The cause was under investigation, but it is believed a downed
    power line sparked the blaze, Inspector Mike Brown said.
    It broke out at midmorning in the Trancas Canyon area near the
    west end of 27-mile-long Malibu and quickly moved northwest at a
    speed of more than 3 miles per hour, said Los Angeles County Fire
    Capt. Brian Jordan. It was less than 10 percent contained by 7 p.m.
    as it continued to jump from ridge to ridge, burning its way up the
    coast.
    A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Encinal Canyon and a
    voluntary evacuation was urged for Decker Canyon, said sheriff's
    Lt. Phil Abner.
    About 100 people left their homes. They were directed to Malibu
    High School, where the Red Cross had set up a shelter, and
    evacuation points at two state beaches.
    About 600 firefighters were at the scene, some rushing from as
    far away as Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo
    counties.
    Tom Sprafke, 40, owner of one of the two Malibu homes damaged by
    the blaze, said after rushing home from work he began clearing
    brush surrounding his home with a chain saw.
    He thanked firefighters for defending his home, then noticed
    smoke poring through vents. Embers apparently flew in through a
    dryer exhaust vent and sparked a blaze that burned the second and
    third floors of the 3,200 square-foot house.
    "Material things can be replaced, that's part of living in
    Malibu," Sprafke said. "You have 365 beautiful days a year, this
    is just one bad one."
    Also burning Monday was a 150-acre fire in a rural area near
    Norco, 45 miles east of Los Angeles. An estimated five homes were
    damaged, said Joanne Evans, a Riverside County fire spokeswoman.
    Jane Adams, 60, walked with her daughter along Pacific Coast
    Highway on Monday night to retrieve her car from her Malibu home.
    Adams said she and previous owners of her Malibu house rebuilt it
    after fires in 1942, 1956 and in the 1970s.
    "Malibu people are stupid, they rebuild," said Adams, who has
    lived in Malibu for 27 years. "We do. We stick it out."
    Adams said she and her daughter were walking back to protect the
    house overnight from embers that could ignite a wooden deck.
    "I think we're lucky this time, now the brush will be all
    burned up. We'll have another 20 years," she said.
    Maren Scaccia, 33, said she rushed home as soon as she heard
    about the fire to check on her 90-year-old grandmother who was
    visiting from Chicago. She was relieved to find her grandmother
    safe and the house spared.
    "They do a good job, these firemen," Scaccia said.
    The dangerous Santa Anas typically blow between September and
    February. In October and November 1993, the winds fanned fires that
    charred thousands of acres, killed three and destroyed 1,000
    buildings in Malibu, Altadena and Laguna Beach.
    The blaze in the Trancas Canyon area was the third since the
    northeasterly winds hit Southern California late Sunday. A 5-acre
    blaze in Latigo Canyon and a 10-acre blaze in Corral Canyon, both
    to the east of Trancas, were contained early Monday.
    The two earlier fires caused no damage or injuries. The cause of
    those fires remained under investigation.
    The seasonal winds are formed by dry air rushing from the
    western interior toward the coast, gaining speed and warmth as they
    descend from the high desert. They are known as Santa Anas below
    the mountains and passes of Southern California.
    The National Weather Service warned they would last through
    Tuesday morning, with sustained speeds from 25 mph to 45 mph and
    gusts to 70 mph.

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    Post Red Flags Fly

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds returned to parts of Southern
    California on Wednesday, warming the region and raising fire
    danger.
    The temperature topped out at 80 degrees in downtown Los
    Angeles, 12 degrees above normal and just 4 degrees below the
    date's record. San Diego was 5 degrees above normal at 71.
    Several days of fierce Santa Anas 1 weeks ago extensively
    damaged power poles, causing blackouts that affected nearly 1
    million utility customers, and whipped brush fires among homes in
    Malibu and in Norco, damaging several.
    The winds were being produced by strong surface high pressure
    building over the Great Basin, the National Weather Service said.
    The offshore flow was expected to be moderate to strong.
    A so-called Red Flag warning was issued for the Santa Ana
    Mountains and foothills, and areas below passes and canyons in the
    Riverside-San Bernardino area.
    Winds reached speeds between 25 mph and 40 mph in the mountains
    of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Wednesday afternoon,
    accompanied by locally higher gusts.

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