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    PATTERSON, Calif. (AP) - A fire burned 500 acres in Del Puerto
    Canyon in Stanislaus County and was only 5 to 8 percent contained
    by Thursday evening, the California Department of Forestry said.
    Winds gusting to 20 miles per hour drove the flames through
    heavy brush and grass in and around Frank Raines Park, a park used
    mainly for off-roading with ATVs and motorcycles.
    "It's nasty country, it's very rough terrain," said CDF
    spokesman Chris Morgan.
    The fire started at about 11:45 a.m., but the cause was not yet
    clear.
    Two air tankers, one air attack plane, five helicopters, 19
    engines and eight hand crews were committed to the fire Thursday
    evening, Morgan said. Fire crews expected to be there at least into
    Friday.
    Some homes were threatened but none had been burned, Morgan
    said. The area is sparsely populated, and most of the surrounding
    land is ranches.

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    TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Steady winds drove a fast-moving grass fire
    Sunday that burned more than 2,000 acres in San Joaquin County near
    the California Aqueduct and Interstate 5.
    The Bird Fire, named for the road where it started, broke out
    just before noon in the brown hills southeast of Tracy on the
    western edge of the Central Valley. Winds of 20 mph helped push the
    fire on a six-mile run southeast from its starting point.
    Nearly 200 firefighters and support staff had the blaze 50
    percent contained by Sunday evening, California Department of
    Forestry spokeswoman Pam Rhoten said. It threatened power lines,
    but no homes, Rhoten said.
    The winds were expected to continue overnight into Monday - the
    official opening of fire season in California - but increased
    humidity could help. Fire officials could not estimate when the
    fire would be contained.

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    Angry Arson Fires

    MADERA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities were investigating eight arson
    fires Wednesday that burned 485 acres along a 10-mile stretch near
    Highway 99 in Madera County.
    The first fire in a field was reported at noon in north Madera
    County, followed by seven more blazes that threatened homes and
    livestock, said Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart.
    The last blaze was extinguished at about 4:30 p.m., Stuart said.
    "I've never seen men and women work so fast and furiously with
    what they were up against, the winds and the fires," she said.
    "We were prepared to evacuate about 50 homes, but (firefighters)
    moved in so quickly we didn't have to evacuate anybody."
    Two barns and an abandoned house were destroyed in the blazes.
    "We had cattle, calves closed in pens, llamas and dogs out
    there," Stuart said. "What they had to do at one point was just
    cut through fences and let the animals run."
    No injuries were reported and no animals were killed.
    About 50 firefighters battled the blazes, including crews from
    surrounding counties and the California Department of Forestry.
    "Hopefully, this sick prank is over for the day and now comes
    the investigation," Stuart said.
    Authorities had no suspects.
    Stuart said arsonists have set fire to grassy fields in the
    county before "but nothing to this magnitude where it's just fire
    after fire after fire. We were playing cat and mouse with this
    person for literally five hours straight."

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    MADERA, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old Fairmead boy has been
    arrested in connection to a spate of arson fires that burned 485
    acres along a 10-mile stretch near Highway 99 in Madera County.
    Some 50 firefighters worked for five hours Wednesday
    extinguishing eight separate blazes that threatened homes and
    livestock. Two barns and an abandoned house were destroyed. No
    injuries were reported.
    The boy was arrested late Wednesday night in Fairmead, said
    Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart. Deputies are
    seeking additional suspects.
    "There's no way this kid worked alone," Stuart said.
    Arson investigators remained on the scenes Thursday.

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    'Extreme' fire danger forecast in Southern California

    (Sacramento-AP) -- Fire safety officials are preparing
    evacuation plans for residents of mountain communities east of Los
    Angeles for fear of major conflagrations amid beetle- and
    drought-killed trees there this summer.
    They project "extreme" fire danger for mountain areas from
    north of Los Angeles to the Mexican border.
    They're particularly concerned about more than 400-thousand
    acres of dead, standing trees in a beetle-affected area in and near
    the San Bernardino National Forest in San Bernardino, Riverside and
    San Diego counties.
    Local planning groups in Lake Arrowhead and Idyllwild have drawn
    up evacuation plans for residents and are beginning to inform them
    where they should go and how they should get there in the event of
    a major fire.

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    AUBERRY, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burned 75 acres in the rural
    Fveclo County foothills on Thursday after a man illegally burned
    trash and newspapers in a barrel, fire officials said.
    California Department of Forestry spokeswoman Karen Terrill said
    the blaze, which started near Auberry and Prather, was nearly
    contained by the evening.
    No structures were damaged. One firefighter became ill while he
    was on the scene and treated at a local hospital. Terrill said the
    firefighter's condition wasn't related to the blaze, which centered
    30 miles northeast of Fresno and 10 miles west of Shaver Lake..
    CDF issued a citation to the 85-year-old man who allegedly set
    fire to the debris on his property, Terrill said.
    Terrill said local residents left their homes voluntarily this
    morning soon after the fire broke out at about 10:40 a.m.
    Authorities opened up all roads leading to the affected area at
    5 p.m. to allow residents back to their homes, she said.

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    Firefighters battle grass fire near Morgan Hill

    (Morgan Hill-AP) -- Firefighters are working to contain an
    800-acre grass fire in unincorporated Santa Clara County.
    A spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry says the
    blaze started at 11:37 this morning, fueled by high grass and
    brush.
    It was initially two small fires, but later combined expanded
    three miles west of the Pacheco Reservoir.
    The department predicts the fire will be fully contained by nine
    o'clock tonight.
    200 firefighters have been battling the blaze, using two air
    tankers, four helicopters, 24 engines and several bulldozers.
    There are no buildings in the area, and no injuries have been
    reported.

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    Brush fires take toll in Calabasas, Riverside County
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    A wildfire briefly threatened two homes in Calabasas and another
    roared through a desert Indian reservation Thursday as temperatures
    hit the 100-degree mark after a month of "June gloom."
    The Calabasas blaze was reported just after 12:30 p.m. and
    burned in heavy brush, briefly threatening homes on Old Topanga
    Canyon Road.
    Firefighters expected to fully surround the 24-acre blaze by
    evening, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Edward Osorio said.
    "It's pretty much not going anywhere," he said.
    One firefighter suffered a minor injury. No evacuations were
    ordered. About 150 firefighters aided by seven water-dropping
    helicopters battled the flames.
    The cause of the fire remained under investigation. The area is
    about 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
    In Riverside County, a brush fire reported at 11:42 a.m. had
    destroyed 45 acres of brush on the Torres Martinez Indian
    reservation near Mecca, about 30 miles southeast of Palm Springs.
    "It's on the desert floor and, of course, the biggest problem
    is that the temperatures are 108-plus," said Joanne Evans, a
    spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry-Riverside
    County Fire Department. "It's thick and dense vegetation and it
    moves pretty quickly."
    About 80 firefighters aided by air support were battling the
    fire. which was about 20 percent contained. One firefighter was
    treated for heat exhaustion.
    The blaze was started by someone legally burning brush.
    "Apparently this one got loose," Evans said.

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    Post July 7th

    CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) - A 'red flag' fire alert will remain at
    least through Tuesday in Los Angeles County as crews mop up a
    120-acre blaze in Angeles National Forest.
    Monday's blaze sparked by a pickup truck fire came during the
    fire alert for hot temperatures, low humidity and winds in the
    county. Gusty winds fanned flames away from Interstate 5 but about
    200 firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters and air
    tankers had fully contained the blaze by 9 p.m.
    No structures were damaged but a mobile home park was briefly
    threatened at one point, said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark
    Savage. The blaze closed down the freeway in the northern part of
    the county for about two hours and snarled traffic throughout the
    evening.
    The fire began about 2:45 p.m. when the pickup truck caught fire
    on the northbound side of the freeway just north of Templin
    Highway. It sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky.
    "This is really a sign of things to come for what could be a
    very active and busy fire season for firefighters in southern
    California," he said.
    Investigations into several weekend wildfires continued.
    A 25-acre blaze in brush near Alta Loma in San Bernardino County
    on Sunday is being investigated as arson, said Tom Sensintaffar, a
    manager for the U.S. Forest Service. Investigators said another
    blaze that charred 35 acres in nearby Cucamonga Canyon on Saturday
    does not appear suspicious.
    Monday's blaze off I-5 appeared to be the third in less than two
    weeks sparked by a highway vehicle fire in the area.
    Last week, 1,200 acres burned near Lebec after a pickup truck
    fire spread to the brush. A similar fire that broke out about a
    mile north of Fort Tejon State park on Saturday was stopped at
    about 25 acres.
    A set of weekend fires in Agua Dulce, near Bakersfield and in
    Chino Hills were controlled without structural damage. A blaze near
    Elizabeth Lake was extinguished after damaging two homes.
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    SACRAMENTO (AP) - With nearly a third of its troops deployed,
    the California National Guard is looking to form alliances with
    other Western states to help fight wildfires this summer.
    About 7,000 Army and Air National Guard troops are serving
    security missions in the United States or are posted in Afghanistan
    and Iraq in the largest deployment abroad since World War II. That
    has led California Guard officials to reach beyond state borders to
    provide enough backup to meet civil emergencies.
    "It's the first time we've actually sat down with other states
    and said, 'We've got to figure out what's going on,"' said
    California National Guard Lt. Col. Terry Edinboro, deputy director
    for plans, operations and security.
    In addition to boosting national defense and providing security,
    the Guard helps out after natural disasters such as earthquakes,
    floods and fires.
    Troops are called in to fight wildfires when state, local and
    contractor firefighters are exhausted. Guard helicopter pilots have
    been dispatched to drop water on large wildfires.
    "They are kind of our ace card when we need them," said Kim
    Zagaris, chief of the Fire and Rescue Branch of the Governor's
    Office of Emergency Services.
    Eight of California's 30 Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters are
    currently based overseas and only about six to eight of the
    remaining helicopters would be available to fight fires due to
    maintenance and rotating flight crew schedules.
    If intense fires erupt this year, Guard officials want to make
    sure they have enough troops and helicopters to fight the fires.
    "How long could we sustain?" said Edinboro. "After a month or
    two, we'd feel the pinch for flight crews."
    Edinboro plans to meet later this month with officials from the
    National Guards of Montana, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona
    to develop cooperative plans.
    California National Guard flight crews already assist
    firefighting efforts in other states, such as Oregon.
    California officials also want to expand firefighting training
    to National Guard aviators in other states through the U.S. Forest
    Service.

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    Post July 17th

    WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - A lightning-sparked wildfire
    spread to 11,200 acres of steep, hilly brush along the San
    Diego-Riverside county line Thursday, destroying two San Diego
    State University research buildings.
    An undetermined number of people were evacuated from the
    Chihuahua Valley, where the fire was threatening about 50
    structures, said Audrey Hagen, spokeswoman for the California
    Department of Forestry. It was not known how many of those
    structures were houses. No injuries were reported.
    More than 1,100 firefighters were battling the blaze. Crews had
    contained about 10 percent of it - down from 15 percent earlier in
    the day. Flames were advancing southeast, southwest and northwest.
    The blaze began Wednesday afternoon in Riverside County, just
    north of the county line, prompting the evacuation of a Boy Scout
    camp. About 600 campers were escorted out of Lost Valley Scout
    Reservation Summer Camp as a precaution.
    The scouts were sent home; local residents were offered shelter
    at a high school in Warner Springs, a community on the outskirts of
    the Cleveland National Forest, about 60 miles northeast of San
    Diego.
    Conditions were hot and windy Thursday, with crews close to the
    fire working in temperatures of above 100 degrees, Hagen said.
    The fire ruined two San Diego State University buildings in the
    sparsely populated area Thursday and damaged a third, Hagen said.
    The buildings contained unknown chemicals.
    The university operates the Sky Oaks Field Station in the area,
    a 1,600-acre preserve for biological and environmental research,
    said Jason Foster, a school spokesman. He had no information on
    fire damage. Equipment stored at the site includes computers,
    scientific instrumentation and fertilizer.

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    FORT ORD, Calif. (AP) - A fire burned through dry brush at this
    former U.S. Army base on the Monterey Peninsula Thursday, and
    firefighters were unable to get close to it because of fears about
    unexploded ordnance.
    The fire was confined to the military's so-called impact area
    Thursday evening, according to California Department of Forestry
    and Fire Protection spokeswoman Cheryl Goetz.
    "When they fire ordnance, they fire it out to this area and
    sometimes it doesn't explode all the way," she said. "We couldn't
    put any firefighters in that area because of that."
    Firefighters could only try to contain the blaze to the impact
    area, and keep it from crossing any roads, she said.
    The fire began Thursday afternoon and was covering about 70
    acres, Goetz said.
    High winds drove thick brown smoke over the Salinas Valley.

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    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire destroyed four homes
    and forced evacuations as it roared through 800 acres of rolling,
    oak-studded hills Sunday, authorities said.
    The fire was 10 percent contained Sunday night and was
    threatening scattered homes. About 375 firefighters were on the
    scene, said Stacey Salazar of the California Department of
    Forestry. She did not know how many people were evacuated.
    The blaze, in cattle country about 200 miles north of Los
    Angeles, erupted near the small community of Santa Margarita at
    about 3:15 p.m. It is the same area where a blaze destroyed a home
    last summer and nine homes and more than 106,000 acres of brush
    were burned by a wildfire in 1996.
    The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    Meanwhile, a lightning-sparked wildfire that scorched nearly
    18,000 acres of brush in eastern San Diego County was 49 percent
    contained Sunday, fire officials said.
    More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the fire, which began
    July 16. Full containment was expected Wednesday.
    More than 70 homes and 67 other buildings were in the area of
    the fire, but no residents were evacuated, said Laura Lowes, a fire
    information officer with the California Department of Forestry.
    Firefighters were contending with high humidity, temperatures
    predicted in the 80s and wind speeds between 5 and 10 mph.
    The area, about 60 miles northeast of San Diego near Riverside
    County, is in the brush-covered hills of Chihuahua and Lost valleys
    on the edge of Cleveland National Forest.
    On Friday, two mobile homes used as offices at a research
    station operated by California State University, San Diego, were
    destroyed in the blaze.The fire also destroyed a building and
    several small structures at the Sky Oaks Biological Field Station.
    Sky Oaks is a 1,600-acre preserve for biological and environmental
    research.
    The Coyote Fire, so named because it started near Coyote Canyon,
    also burned across part of the Boy Scout Reservation Summer Camp,
    destroying five tents and a storage container.
    About 600 people left the camp as a precaution on Wednesday. An
    unknown number of residents voluntarily evacuated the area but
    returned home Friday.

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    WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Thousands of firefighters working
    in near triple-digit heat began to get the upper hand on the
    largest of about a dozen wildfires burning across the state,
    announcing they expected to have the 18,482-acre Coyote blaze
    contained by Wednesday.
    The fire, started by lightening strikes last Wednesday, was
    about 50 percent contained, California Department of Forestry
    spokeswoman Audrey Hagen said Monday.
    Although it remained a possible threat to about 70 homes, fire
    officials said they expected to have the blaze contained by
    Wednesday morning. About 2,200 firefighters were fighting it on the
    edge of the Cleveland National Forest, about 60 miles northeast of
    San Diego.
    Earlier it destroyed two mobile homes used as offices for a
    research station operated by California State University, San
    Diego, as well as several other small structures. It also prompted
    the evacuation of a Boy Scout summer camp where five tents burned.
    In central California, a wildfire touched off by a spark from an
    off-road vehicle in San Luis Obispo County also appeared on the way
    to being tamed. The Park Hill fire, burning east of U.S. 101 and
    northeast of San Luis Obispo, was 60 percent contained Monday with
    full containment expected by Tuesday morning.
    Approximately 800 firefighters were battling the flames, which
    had damaged one home and three other structures on Sunday while
    forcing the evacuation of about 250 residents.
    CDF spokeswoman Nena Portillo said the blaze was started by a
    spark from an off-road vehicle whose driver was cited for having a
    modified exhaust system.
    About 4,000 firefighters were battling blazes across the state
    Monday. The others included:
    - A blaze that blackened about 4,700 acres of steep terrain in a
    canyon at Frank Raines Park, about 15 miles north of Patterson in
    central California's Stanislaus County. It began Sunday morning in
    temperatures near 100 degrees and was quickly pushed along by
    erratic winds.
    - At least seven lightning-caused fires in the Tahoe National
    Forest. The largest of the fires, reported Monday, covered 80 to
    100 acres in Plumas County. Another blaze covered 40 acres, with
    most of the others no more than one acre.
    -A 2,000-acre Kern County brush fire near Interstate 5 that was
    contained Sunday evening. The Grapevine fire burned up the northern
    slope of the Kern County mountains Sunday before being contained
    about 10 p.m.

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    WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters working in sticky,
    100-degree heat made progress Tuesday in surrounding California
    wildfires that have burned some 25,000 acres of brush.
    Humid, overcast weather held only a slim chance of rain but
    carried a threat of lightning that could spark new fires. Gusty
    winds up to 25 mph whipped the rocky canyons and oak-studded
    brushlands where the fires burned.
    Yet firefighters steadily made gains, officials said. The
    18,705-acre Coyote blaze in the Warner Springs area of San Diego
    County was expected to be contained by Wednesday and a blaze that
    destroyed several homes in San Luis Obispo County also appeared on
    its way to being tamed.
    The Coyote fire was 67 percent contained, California Department
    of Forestry spokeswoman Audrey Hagen said.
    "It's not moving. It's not spreading anywhere. Things are
    looking good," Hagen said.
    Started by lightning strikes July 16, the fire burned two mobile
    homes used as offices for a research station operated by California
    State University, San Diego. It also destroyed eight other
    buildings and 11 vehicles. Three other vehicles were damaged.
    About 2,000 firefighters assisted by 19 aircraft were working in
    rocky hills and canyons on the edge of Cleveland National Forest,
    about 60 miles northeast of San Diego. Ten were treated for minor
    injuries ranging from cuts to heat exhaustion.
    Crews working in 103-degree heat had nine miles of firebreak to
    cut.
    Two campgrounds remained evacuated, including a Boy Scout summer
    camp where five tents burned.
    In San Luis Obispo County, the 1,200-acre Park Hill blaze that
    destroyed three homes and many outbuildings was 85 percent
    contained. Authorities expected it to be fully encircled Tuesday
    evening. About 500 firefighters were on the line, down from about
    800. Progress was so good that crews were being released.
    Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and one for
    a broken ankle.
    The Park Hill fire erupted Sunday in the oak-dotted hills of
    ranch country about 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was
    caused by spark from an off-road vehicle whose driver was cited for
    modifying the exhaust system.
    As many as 150 scattered homes were threatened at the height of
    the blaze but fire crews rushed to protect them. Many of the homes
    also had open spaces, tile roofs and other fire-prevention measures
    and none were in danger as of Tuesday, authorities said.
    About 150 residents who were evacuated Sunday were allowed to
    return.
    Elsewhere in central California, firefighters battling a
    wildfire in the steep Del Puerto Canyon in Frank Raines Park had
    nearly surrounded the 5,734-acre and expected to fully contain it
    on Wednesday. More than 800 firefighters were at site about 15
    miles north of Patterson in Stanislaus County. No major injuries
    were reported.
    The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    A fire that began near Chilcoot, Calif., about 35 miles north of
    Lake Tahoe, was burning across the state line in Nevada. Sparked by
    lightning on Sunday, the so-called Mart fire had grown to 3,500
    acres and was 40 percent contained. One barn was destroyed but no
    homes were reported lost.

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    Post 7/22 summary

    Developments today in major California wildfires:
    -The 18,705-acre Coyote blaze on the edge of Cleveland National
    Forest in San Diego County was 67 percent contained. Losses
    remained at two mobile homes, eight other buildings and 11
    vehicles. Two campgrounds remained evacuated. About 2,000
    firefighters were on the lines. Ten minor injuries have been
    reported.
    -A 5,734-acre fire in Frank Raines Park in Stanislaus County was
    nearly surrounded. More than 800 firefighters were on the lines and
    no major injuries were reported. The cause was under investigation.
    -The 1,200-acre Park Hill fire northeast of San Luis Obispo was
    85 percent contained. Losses remained at three homes and numerous
    outbuildings destroyed. Four injuries were reported among about 500
    firefightesr on the lines. The blaze was started Sunday by a spark
    from an off-road vehicle.
    -The 3,500-acre Mart fire, sparked by lightning Sunday near
    Chilcoot, 35 miles north of Lake Tahoe, was 40 percent contained
    after burning into Nevada. One barn was destroyed and a firefighter
    was treated for heat exhaustion.

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    Exclamation Catastrophic Potential

    Catastrophic fire danger in Southern California, experts warn

    (Lake Arrowhead-AP) -- The danger of a catastrophic wildfire in
    400-thousand acres of beetle- and drought-killed trees in mountain
    communities east of Los Angeles is so severe firefighters are
    comparing the potential to the worst firestorms in the nation's
    history.
    Conditions are aggravated by four years of drought; a beetle
    infestation in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties;
    and a wet spring that produced a bumper crop of now-dead grass.
    The combination has firefighters fearing for their own safety -
    let alone the safety of the tens of thousands of area residents who
    live mostly in wooden homes along narrow, winding mountain roads.
    From the White House on down, federal, state and local agencies
    say they're doing everything they can to prepare.
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    Post 7/23

    PATTERSON, Calif. (AP) - Cooler temperatures with lots of
    moisture helped firefighters get the upper hand Wednesday on a
    5,900-acre blaze burning in Frank Raines Park in northern
    California's Stanislaus County.
    The fire, which destroyed one structure, was nearly surrounded
    Wednesday, said California Department of Forestry spokesman Chris
    Morgan, adding firefighters benefited from morning temperatures
    that dropped into the low 60s and humidity that was about 30
    percent.
    "When the temperatures drop that really helps a lot," Morgan
    said.
    More than 900 firefighters battled the blaze that blackened
    steep canyons and brush about 15 miles west of Patterson. Ten minor
    injuries were reported.
    The fire's cause was under investigation.
    High humidity and the possibility of thunderstorms were also
    expected to help firefighters battling a 5,693-acre wildfire in
    Chilcoot, 35 miles north of Lake Tahoe. That fire was close to
    being contained Wednesday, said Mark Struble, a spokesman for the
    fire management team handling the blaze.
    The fire destroyed one barn and caused two minor injuries,
    authorities said.
    Two other large fires in central and Southern California were
    contained Tuesday night.
    One of them, the 18,705-acre Coyote blaze on the edge of
    Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County had destroyed two
    mobile homes, eight other buildings and 11 vehicles. It also
    triggered the evacuation of two campgrounds and caused 11 minor
    injuries.
    About 1,700 firefighters remained on the lines Wednesday.
    A fire that scorched 1,200 acres in Park Hill northeast of San
    Luis Obispo was also contained Tuesday night.
    Losses remained at three homes and numerous outbuildings, with
    four injuries reported among the approximately 430 firefighters on
    the lines.
    The blaze was started Sunday by a spark from an off-road
    vehicle.

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    Post July 23rd

    Developments Wednesday in major California wildfires:
    -The 18,705-acre Coyote blaze on the edge of Cleveland National
    Forest in San Diego County was 100 percent contained by Tuesday
    night. Losses remained at two mobile homes, eight other buildings
    and 11 vehicles. Two campgrounds remained closed. About 1,700
    firefighters were on the lines. Eleven minor injuries have been
    reported.
    -A 5,909-acre fire in Frank Raines Park in Stanislaus County was
    nearly surrounded and full containment was expected Wednesday at 6
    p.m. More than 900 firefighters were on the lines and ten minor
    injuries were reported. One outbuilding was destroyed. The cause
    was under investigation.
    -The 1,200-acre Park Hill fire northeast of San Luis Obispo was
    fully contained Tuesday night. Losses remained at three homes and
    numerous outbuildings were destroyed. Four injuries were reported
    among about 430 firefighters. The blaze was started Sunday by a
    spark from an off-road vehicle.
    -The 5,693 -acre Mart wildfire, sparked by lightning Sunday near
    Chilcoot, 35 miles north of Lake Tahoe, was nearly surrounded after
    burning into Nevada. Full containment was expected Wednesday night
    and about 800 firefighters battled the blaze. One barn was
    destroyed and two minor injuries were reported.

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    Post July 24th summary

    Developments Thursday in major California wildfires:
    - A fire that erupted Thursday in a ranch pasture burned through
    2,100 acres of brushland and was 30 percent contained by late
    afternoon. No building damage was reported. About 700 firefighters
    fought the afternoon blaze in rolling hills about 30 miles north of
    downtown Los Angeles. One firefighter had a minor injury.
    -A 6,400-acre wildfire about 30 miles northeast of Susanville in
    Lassen County was 30 percent contained Thursday after burning into
    Nevada. Nearly 700 firefighters worked the lines and no structures
    were threatened. No injuries were reported. The blaze was sparked
    Sunday by lightning.
    -An 800-acre fire burning 10 miles south of Lake Isabella in
    Kern County was only 20 percent contained. It initially threatened
    20 homes but no damage and no injuries were reported. There was
    concern, however, that if the fire continued to grow it would reach
    the neighboring Sequoia National Forest, home to some of the
    world's largest trees. About 250 firefighters were on the line,
    aided by eight water-dropping aircraft.

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