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The Mias Fire near Banning is increasingly under control, as firefighters from several agencies continue to increase containment ans hold the acreage burned to just over 500 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Firefighters have made significant progress fighting two Inland Empire wildfires this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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As firefighters continued battling the Blaine Fire in the hills between Riverside and Moreno Valley, another brush fire broke out farther east, near the Pass community of Banning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Because the Blaine Fire burned near populated neighborhoods in Riverside and Moreno Valley, the fire retardant that aircraft have been using to fight the fire has been sprayed on a number of local homes, yards, and cars.  The Press-Enterprise this morning reported that Cal Fire is actually willing to return to the retardant-covered neighborhoods and use fire hoses to help spray it off of houses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

THE NUMBER TO CALL CAL FIRE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HELP WITH CLEANING FIRE RETARDANT OF OF HOMES IS 951-436-4142

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Firefighters continue battling a wildfire that at one point forced some home evacuations and at last report had burned more than 1000 acres adjacent to Box Springs Mountain, east of Riverside and northwest of Moreno Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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12 NOON, TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 UPDATE:

Cal Fire reports the Aguanga fire is 100 percent contained at 92 acres.  Firefighters will remain on-scene today for mop-up.

(7am Tuesday:)  Firefighters from the Inland Empire and elsewhere around Southern California are fighting a brush fire near the southwestern Riverside County community of Aguanga.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

San Bernardino County authorities say a 23-year-old Yucaipa man has been arrested on suspicion of starting several recent wildfires, including one that injured a firefighter.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local first responders and other Inland public safety officials gathered to pay their respects as the remains of an Inland Empire firefighter arrived in San Bernardino yesterday (Monday), following his death while fighting a wildfire in Montana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Firefighters are still working on containing two brush fires in the Inland Empire that started earlier this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California's wildfire season is off to an intense start thanks to thick grasslands left behind after the year's heavy rainfall.  While the rains may be the cause of bigger grass fires this year, they may help prevent our state's alpine forests from burning as badly. Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling investigates.

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Firefighters quickly contained two brush fires that broke out yesterday (Thursday) in southwest Riverside County, one in Winchester near Temecula, and another west of Perris.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Though a record breaking heatwave is easing this week, California is still focused on fighting fires around the region and the state. Cal Fire reports that there were 17 major active wildfires across the state as of Monday. KVCR' Rick Dulock voiced this story compiled by Ben Purper.

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Inland Empire firefighters were working to contain three wildfires burning around the region yesterday (Wednesday), including a blaze that broke out overnight in a Riverside park that resulted in some brief residential evacuations.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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Three wildfires broke out around the Inland Empire yesterday.  Firefighters put out all three relatively quickly.  With details, here's KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATE - 8:30  A.M. Friday JUNE 30:

The Manzanita Fire burning south of Beaumont is 90 percent contained, and has not grown from 6,309 acres since Wednesday morning.

The Mart Fire burning near Highland has scorched 670 acres and is 60 percent contained.

The Holcomb Fire that began June 19 north of Big Bear has burned 1,503 acres and is 100 percent contained.

Listen to the audio report below for more details.

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EDITOR'S NOTE:   AFTER THIS REPORT WAS PUBLISHED, ESTIMATES OF THE ACTUAL ACREAGE BURNED IN THE MART FIRE WERE CORRECTED FROM SOME 900 ACRES TO 670 ACRES WITH 40 PERCENT CONTAINMENT, AS OF THURSDAY, JUNE 29.

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The Manzanita Fire, a fast-growing wildfire that started yesterday along Highway 79 south of Beaumont, has burned 5000 acres, and is 10 percent contained.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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More progress was made over the weekend by firefighters working to contain the Holcomb wildfire burning northeast of Big Bear Lake for the past week.  The fire has burned 1503 acres and is 91 percent contained, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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Power lines that supply electricity to mountain communities around Big Bear are being compromised by a wildfire burning north of Big Bear Lake.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Two wildfires are burning in the mountains of Southern California this morning, including a blaze that has burned nearly a thousand acres north of Big Bear Lake.  The so-called Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, at last report, was 10 percent contained, but was moving away from more populated areas of that section of the San Bernardino National Forest.  The other wildfire is burning near Lake Castaic, north of Simi Valley.  More from NPR's Daniell Karson.

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A group of juveniles playing with fire torched a blaze that scorched 10 acres of brush in Moreno Valley yesterday (Tuesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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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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The job of fighting wildfires isn't over after the fire is declared contained.  Firefighters frequently stand guard over fire zones for days after the flames have been extinguished, watching for smoldering "flare-ups" that can re-ignite a fire.  NPR's midday news program "Here & Now" aired this report from Sharon McNary, who visited firefighters as they watched over the remnants of last month's Pilot Fire .

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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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11:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  The Bogart Fire burning in Cherry Valley - north of the eastern IE communities of Beaumont and Banning - has burned 1250 acres and is 20 percent contained.  All evacuation orders have been lifted.  There are more than 400 personnel and at least a dozen aircraft fighting the blaze.  Authorities believe the fire was human-caused, and ask the public to please report any information that may help the inviestigation to the Riverside County Arson Hotline:  800-633-2836.

UPDATE AT 11:00 a.m.:  THE FIRE BURNING WEST OF LAKE ELSINORE IS NOW 75% CONTAINED.  When we aired the report below just before 6 a.m. this morning (Monday), the fire was only 15 percent contained.  So far no people have been injured and no structures have been burned.

UPDATE: MONDAY 8/22 AT 11:30 a.m.  The Blue Cut Fire is now 89% contained at 37, 020 acres.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has this rundown of the latest Blue Cut information as aired in "Morning Edition" this morning before 9:00 a.m.

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UPDATED AT 10:30AM FRIDAY, AUG 19: 

Blue Cut Fire Incident Command authorities held a news conference in Victorville this morning estimated that 96 homes have been destroyed by the wildfire burning in the mountains north of San Bernardino.  The blaze has burned 37,002 acres and is 26 percent contained.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details in this report.

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UPDATE AT 12:30 p.m. Thursday:  Interstate 15 is open to traffic both directions between the inland valleys and the high desert.  The northbound lanes of the 15 were opened late last night (Wednesday) in time for this morning's commute, and the southbound lanes of the 15 are now also open between Hesperia and the 215 interchange.

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UPDATE:  The following report was filed this morning (Wednesday); since then, authorities say the Blue Cut Fire burning in the mountains above San Bernardino has burned nearly 50 square miles since it was reported yesterday at about 10:30am.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this wrap-up of information about the fire that was updated at a news conference held by Unified Fire Command authorities in San Bernardino this morning.

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