New charges have been filed against a transient suspected of starting a wildfire south of Banning 5 years ago that burned thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of structures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A call to change the mentality over the way forests are managed is the topic of the latest research by the Little Hoover Commission.  Capital public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Some 150 homes that were in last fall's Canyon Fire burn area in southwest Corona are under mandatory evacuation orders because of the risk of damaging mudflows and debris from the hills above those homes.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Voluntary evacuation orders were issued yesterday for residents of south Corona who's homes are in the Canyon Fire burn area.  The Canyon Fire burned 2,600 acres last fall, and there is concern that today's heavy rain could cause flooding and mudslides that would put homes in the burn area in danger.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The River Bottom fire that started late yesterday (Thursday) morning in the Santa Ana Riverbed west of downtown Riverside is 70% contained at 50 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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As California fire officials continue to investigate whether downed power lines caused any of the state's recent major wildfires, utility regulators yesterday (Thursday) tightened safety rules for power lines in high-fire-hazard areas.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.


Even though 5 of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California this week are at or near full containment, the director of Cal Fire - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - is preparing the agency for a year-round fire season.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has that story, and an update on the status of Southern California wildfires.

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Of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California over the past week, 1 is completely contained, 2 are nearing complete containment, and another is nearly 90 percent contained.  That remarkable feat has come because of the non-stop effort of thousands of firefighters and the deployment of hundreds of ground and air units, which has nearly depleted Cal Fire's annual firefighting budget.  Details on all of this in a report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Here's an 8:30am Friday wrapup of details on the six major wildfires burning in Southern California, including two new inland fires.

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Strong Santa Ana winds continue to fan the flames of a handful of major wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed scores of homes and other structures, and resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Southern California neighborhoods.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this updated rundown of active Southern California wildfires.


As of this morning (Wednesday), firefighters are battling five major wildfires in Southern California.  One of them is in the Inland Empire.  We get more from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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As of Tuesday morning, firefighters were battling 3 wildfires in Southern California.  The biggest regional blaze is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.  In Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire started last night and quickly ripped through acreage in the San Fernando Valley.  And in the inland Empire, a smaller fire being called the Riverdale Fire is being fought in the Santa Ana riverbed in Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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A brush fire that started in the community of Oak Glen near Riley's Farm on Wednesday is being held to 50 acres, with no injuries or structures damaged.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.



Favorable weather conditions and a boost in resources have helped firefighters increase containment of the
Wildomar Fire from 75 percent Saturday evening (Oct 28) to 90 percent Sunday morning, while holding the blaze to 850 acres burned.  


The Wildomar Fire burning near Lake Elsinore and Wildomar has consumed 850 acres and is 50 percent contained.  On Friday evening, Oct 27, all evacuations associated with the Wildomar Fire were lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes.  If winds and weather cooperate, authorities anticipate full containment on Monday, Oct. 30.

An increasing number of wildfires in recent years has governors in the West pushing for more federal money to help fight them.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, this requires changes to the way Congress does it's wildfire budgeting.

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The Wildomar Fire burning west of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, and Murrieta has burned 700 acres and is 15 percent contained as of the latest report at 9:00am Friday. 

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Two brush fires - burning simultaneously within a few miles of each other - alongside the northbound lanes of State Highway 57 between Brea and Diamond Bar resulted in a partial shutdown of the northbound 57 early this morning, and tied up traffic both directions between the 91 freeway in Fullerton and the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar.  The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the blaze burned about 25 acres of brush along the east side of the 57 freeway north of Bre


As was expected, the Canyon Fire 2 that had been burning in Orange County for the past week was declared 100 percent contained yesterday (Tuesday).  The blaze - which started Oct. 9 - burned 9,217 acres, destroyed 25 structures and damaged anotehr 55 structures over it's 8-day run.  At one point, there were nearly 1,700 personnel fighting the blaze.  4 firefighters were injured.  Crews of firefighters will remain in and around the burn area for the rest of this week, patrolling for hot spots and flare-ups. 

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In the wake of devastating wildfires in Northern California, some employers may now be dealing with the after effects of having to close,or employees needing time off.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

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Firefighters in Southern California are battling a new wildfire; this one in the San Gabriel Mountains just west of the Inland Empire, on Mount Wilson.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


More evacuation orders in Northern California are now lifted, after a week of devastating wildfires that left 41 people dead.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, crews have to stay ready around the state, because fire season is far from over.


The Canyon Fire 2, still considered active in the Anaheim Hills as of yesterday afternoon (Monday), is "nearing full containment with no further threats to neighborhoods," according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue's latest statement this morning.



The Canyon Fire 2 burning in the Anaheim Hills area, is 75 percent contained this morning (Sunday) and the area burned remains at 9,217 acres.  As of Anaheim Fire & Rescue's briefing at 8:00 last night, personnel, equipment, and air support was being held to about the same levels as Friday: there are 984 personnel working to fight the blaze, with help from 64 fire engines, 6 water tenders, 8 bulldozers, and 2 helicopters.



The Canyon Fire 2 burning in Orange County is now 70% contained, with burned acreage still holding at 9,217 acres.  Good progress on containing the fire over the past few days has been aided by favorable weather, and full containment of the blaze is projected for Tuesday.  However fire authorities are still concerned about a forecast of warmer, windier conditions returning today (Saturday) that could whip up flames again.  


As of this morning, the wildfires fires devastating areas of several Northern California counties have now exceeded the death toll of what was for more than 75 years the deadliest fire in California history.  And as Capitol Public Radio's Randol White explains, fire management leaders are concerned the situation could get worse as we head into the weekend.

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11:00AM THURSDAY UPDATE:  The Canyon Fire 2, which has been burning in the Anaheim Hills this week, is now 60 percent contained at just over 9,200 acres.  There are more than 1600 firefighters battling the Canyon Fire 2, along with with 255 engines, five bulldozers, 13 helicopters, and five air tankers.  Favorable weather yesterday (Wednesday) - and expected again today - is giving fire authorities hope that they’ll have full containment of the Canyon Fire 2 by Saturday.  In the following audio report, KVCR’s Ken Vincent has details about the damage done by the blaze, the


Sonoma and Napa Counties have been hit hard by unforgiving wildfires that continue to ravage Northern California.  As Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, it's too early to guage the economic toll on the region's famed wine industry.

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