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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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.





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.


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.


The Blue Cut Fire burning in the mountains above San Bernardino is expected to consume some 50 square miles of dry brush, trees, and anything else in its way before the end of today (Wednesday), less than 24 hours after it ignited yesterday.  The California Report's Steven Cuevas has more.


Local firefighters made relatively short work of a couple of potentially-destructive brush fires in the Inland Empire yesterday (Monday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Multiple spot fires broke out yesterday (Monday) along Interstate 15 just south of  Temecula, damaging property at a golf course and  prompting the California Highway Patrol to temporarily shut down half of the freeway as a precaution.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.


The "dry season" in the Western U.S. is not expected to bring any major changes to the level of drought, but four consecutive years of drought has increased wildfire concerns in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.


Hundreds of firefighters are still battling a complex of two fires that have been burning in the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley, west of the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update.

  NOTE:  Officials' latest update of the San Gabriel Fire Complex came at just before 10am Thursday morning, indicating the blaze has grown to just over 5200 acres, is still 15 percent contained, and is being fought by just under 1000 personnel.

Fire season has arrived in California -- and in spite of all the rain and snow this past winter and spring, CAL FIRE says the state is dry and ready to burn.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.