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CA Deep in Drought Despite Atmospheric River

October 27, 2021 2:02 pm Source: By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deluge California received from a powerful atmospheric river made streams and waterfalls come alive while coating mountains with snow, but as the storm headed east to the Plains on Tuesday it left the Golden State still deep in drought. The atmospheric river,…

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‘They Were Protectors': Remembering the Five Firefighters Killed 15 Years Ago in the Esperanza Fire

<!–amp-source-stack {"hook":"the_excerpt","filter":true,"post_id":636659,"post_type":"attachment","sources":}–><p>BANNING, CA – OCTOBER 27: Firefighters battle the deadly Esperanza Fire before dawn in the San Jacinto Mountains on October 27, 2006 near Banning,…

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Fire That Threatened Lake Tahoe Region Is Now 100-Percent Contained

October 21, 2021 6:08 pm Source: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The 2-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe resort region over the summer has been declared 100% contained, officials said. The fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles (896 square kilometers) of the Sierra Nevada and burned hundreds of homes, reached the milestone late…

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Residents Return as Firefighters Get 87-Percent Containment of Alisal Fire

October 19, 2021 8:57 pm Source: SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Residents who fled the Alisal Fire west of Santa Barbara have been allowed to return home. All evacuation orders and warnings were canceled Sunday afternoon. The fire was 87% contained Monday morning and its size was holding at about 27 square miles (70 square kilometers). The fire…

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CA Firefighters Make Progress Corralling Alisal Fire

October 15, 2021 8:33 pm Source: SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of the blaze jumped to…

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Podcast: ‘Life with Fire’ with Amanda Monthei

October 15, 2021 3:26 pm Source: When Amanda Monthei was growing up, she actually thought about becoming an archeologist. She always knew she wanted to write, but becoming a wildland firefighter? That was not on her radar until much later.  “I had some girlfriends who’d been doing it and I was like, hey, that looks pretty fun. So,…

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Recipients of the 2020 Wildland Fire Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Awards Announced

October 12, 2021 10:31 pm Source: The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) announced the recipients of the 2020 Wildland Fire Emergency Medical Services Awards. This annual award program, sponsored by the NWCG's Emergency Medical Committee, recognizes individuals and groups that have demonstrated outstanding actions or accomplishments above and beyond the expectation of their normal mission or job duties….

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