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A fire erupted yesterday (Thursday) in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside, scorching 30 acres and spreading into a Jurupa Valley golf course by the time crews began attempting to encircle it.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A report in this week's San Bernardino Sun focused on how the heavy rains of this past winter that helped end the California drought could now increase the risk of wildfires in Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A brush fire in San Diego County near Interstate 15 at Gopher Canyon Road north of Escondido has slowed traffic for miles - both yesterday and today - on the 15 southbound between Rainbow Valley Blvd. and Gopher Canyon Road, which is northeast of Vista.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The cost of fighting wildfires continues to grow and it's putting a strain on the U.S. Forest Service.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson has an update.

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Over the past few months, thousands of firefighters have been battling up to half-a-dozen big fires burning  across California.  When a major fire breaks out, Cal Fire scrambles an operating base known as fie camp.  It's a place to shower, get a hot meal, and some r & r before heading back out on the line.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited the Clayton Fire camp in Lake County, and she brings us this postcard.

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Proposed legislation making its way to the governor's desk in Utah could provide a framework for regulating aerial drones here in California.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports the Utah bill could help firefighters get a handle on a growing problem here in the Golden State.

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Firefighters continue to battle two wildfires burning perilously close to one another in the San Gabriel Mountains northwest of the Inland Empire.  As of midday Tuesday, the Fish Fire had burned 3000 acres in the Angeles National Forest near the communities of Duarte and Bradbury, where some home evacuations have been ordered.  A few miles across a dry canyon to the east of the Fish Fire, the Reservoir Fire has charred 2400 acres near the Morris Reservoir in the dry, brushy hills above Azusa.  Separated by a canyon through which Highway 39 winds, officials are concerned the two blazes coul

IE Firefighters Prepare For The Worst This Fire Season

Jun 21, 2016
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Inland Empire firefighters are preparing for a rough summer. Currently 48 new recruits are being trained to battle the blaze of perhaps one of the driest seasons. San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Michael Wakoski is especially worried this year with good reason. 

"The El Nino did not develop down here in Southern California like it should have or was predicted to. That's ok, but is a lot dryer down here in Southern California right now. We're starting to get fires a little earlier. Normally we don't get them until the end of July."

Scientists Warn Of California "Mega-Fires"

Sep 18, 2015
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Some of the large, intense wildfires in California may be the state's first "mega-fires."  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists say mega-fires aren't just defined by their size.

Fire Officials Say Don't Wait To Evacuate

Sep 15, 2015
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California fire officials are warning people not to delay evacuating from wildfire areas if they are told to leave. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on the warning issued this week.

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A weekend brush fire in the San Bernardino foothills that halted traffic for a time on one of the main routes between the Inland Valleys and communities in the San Bernardino Mountains was quickly contained before causing much damage.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Hobby drones have repeatedly hindered firefighting efforts this year.  But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the Desert Research Institute in Reno is launching a project to see how unmanned aircraft systems might improve wildfire management and safety.

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Firefighters are still working to contain a wildfire that started yesterday [Monday] evening and quickly burned several hundred acres of brush and chaparral in the Riverside County community of Anza, located near Highway 74 in the mountains between Temecula and Palm Desert.  KVCR's Ken Vincent read this item on the air early this morning.

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The Rocky Fire in Colusa, Lake, and Napa Counties has been extraordinarily unpredictable for firefighters, at one point burning 20-thousand acres in five hours.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists say that kind of fire behavior is becoming much more common.

Calif. Gov Brown Travels To NorCal Fire Lines

Aug 7, 2015
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Firefighters are making progress on the Rocky Fire in Northern California.  Governor Jerry Brown visited the fire line yesterday [Thursday].  He says the fire presents a "new normal."  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports from Middletown, California.

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Firefighters throughout California continue to battle almost twenty wildfires.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it's eating up a larger portion of the budget for both CalFire and the US Forest Service.

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Of the more than nine-thousand firefighters battling wildfires across California right now, roughly 40 percent are inmates who participate in fire camps. There's been some fear that the reduction in the state's prison population might lead to a shortage of firefighters. So far, that fear has not played out. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is establishing a reward fund for information leading to the prosecution of drone operators. Through the measure, the board is addressing a disturbing trend of unmanned vehicles interrupting firefighting operations. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on Tuesday's decision.

New Science on Wildfires and Elevation

Jul 27, 2015
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A new study shows wildfires are increasingly occurring at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada. Researchrs say climate change and some forest management practices may be driving the change. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

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There's been a significant increase in the number of wildfires this year in California. But, the size of the fires has been relatively small. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

First responders are growing increasingly frustrated with owners of hobbyist drones who fly them over wildfires.  That's prompting new proposals from California state lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The Inland Empire wildfire that made national news by attacking a major freeway, burning family cars and semi trucks while shutting down the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas at the height of the weekend getaway, is now 60 percent contained at 3,500 acres.  So far there are no reports of injuries.  

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  The fast-moving North Fire burning north of San Bernardino near Cajon Pass, shut down I-15 -- the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas -- both directions.  The blaze, which was first spotted early Friday afternoon, resulted in hundreds of vehicles being trapped for miles in stalled traffic.

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After a drone interfered with efforts to fight a brush fire near Yucaipa over the weekend, federal and state fire officials are urging drone hobbyists to keep their unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky during firefighting operations.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

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Still smoldering in the mountains east of San Bernardino, the Lake Fire is almost fully contained.  While only four structures were destroyed in the blaze, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that fire officials say the forested burn area still isn't out of the woods.

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The Lake Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains south and east of Highway 38 is holding at 31,359 acres burned and is at 70 percent containment, as of Thursday morning, 7/2.  The fire has grown minimally over the past few days, and the U.S. Forest Service has reduced the personnel deployed to fight the blaze to just more than 1,400, down from nearly 2,300 personnel assigned to the fire just a few days ago.

At it’s 8:00am update Thursday morning, the Forest Service reported these details:

Current Fire Situation

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At last report Thursday morning, CalFire and other agencies had a handle on a brush fire that has burned 175 acres in Moreno Valley since it started last night.  The so-called 'Merwin Fire' began just before 9:00pm Wednesday night near the corner of Merwin Street and Campbell Avenue, south of Alessandro Blvd.

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[UPDATED FRIDAY 10:15PM 6/26/15]

The Lake fire has now exceeded 30,000 acres burned, but firefighters managed to raise containment from 19 percent yesterday to 20 percent tonight (Friday).

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[UPDATED AT 12:00 noon Wednesday 6/24/15]   The U.S. Forest Service reports good progress was made on the northeastern portion of the fire today, though the fire remained active and continued spotting to the east. Burning rolling material rolled into the headwaters of Little Morongo and Big Morongo Creeks, which is at the very eastern point of the fire. Aircraft dropped retardant on this area to halt the forward progress of these spot fires and fire crews will begin working these areas on the ground.

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The U. S. Forest Service in California says it has finished hiring most of the firefighters it expects to need this summer.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

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