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California Wildfire Threatens Farms, Structures September 30, 2009 23:21
BY SUSAN ABRAM and SUE DOYLE
Daily News, Los Angeles
MOORPARK, Calif. -- Fast-moving flames fueled by dry brush and gusty winds forced residents of ranch homes and citrus farms to evacuate Tuesday as firefighters worked to contain an out-of-control blaze that has scorched 6,000 acres and injured two.generic levitra mexico
The fire broke out at 10:40 a.m. at a ranch near East Guiberson and Cavin roads and is believed sparked by manure that spontaneously combusted, according to the Ventura County Sheriff. By early afternoon, more than 400 firefighters from across California had been deployed along with a handful of water-dropping helicopters.
"Right now, the flame is out of control but the weather is cooperating," said Ventura County Fire Captain Ron Oatman. "As long as there are lulls in the wind, we'll take advantage of them."
As of 4:50 p.m., the massive blaze had zero containment.
Two firefighters received minor injuries battling the blaze. One is being treated for smoke inhalation. The other has a heat-related injury, said Bill Nash, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman.
Winds reaching 45 mph were pushing the fire in a southwest direction, over rolling hills and close to citrus groves. Some structures believed to be out-buildings have burned in the blaze, which also threatens a number of farm houses, agricultural buildings and oil company equipment were threatened.
"Our main focus is to protect those structures," Nash said.
Nash said firefighters will know the know which structures burned once the fire settles down, and officials can begin an assessment of damages. Residents from the Happy Camp, Roseland and Fruitville areas were evacuated and sent to a senior center in Thousand Oaks. Upscale homes near the country club on Championship Road also were evacuated.
In Moorpark, residents of the Meridian Hills neighborhood off Walnut Canyon Road were evacuated. In Fillmore, homeowners living in an unincorporated area known near Bardsdale Avenue and Sespe Street were told evacuate, Nash said.
"The Ventura County firefighter Dale Chandler walks along Grimes Canyon Road after setting a back fire near Moorpark on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. The fire started just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the hills north of Fillmore. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)
good news is this area has burned before, about three years ago, so there is not as much fuel," said Hugh Riley, Moorpark's assistant city manager.
But he was concerned about the fire that continued to move northwest toward more homes.
"We're energizing our emergency system if we need it, but I hope we don't," said Riley.
The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 23 between Fillmore and Moorpark. The stretch of highway, also known as Grimes Canyon Road, was closed between Bardsdale Avenue in Fillmore and Broadway in Moorpark.
Red Cross officials set up accommodations for evacuees at the Goebel Senior Center, 1385 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. As of 5 p.m., no evacuees had shown up. Horses, cows and other large animals were being evacuated to the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.
Some residents along Walnut Canyon Highway could be seen watering down their front yards as heavy smoke moved in above them. "I've been through two of these fires, and I'm not worried," said John Lopez, a lifelong Moorpark resident. "The winds aren't that fast, and there's no chance it will come down here."
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Calif. Fire Sparked By Police Chase September 30, 2009 22:47
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Roseville Police say a fleeing suspect sparked a grassfire that briefly threatened homes and a sprawling casino outside of Sacramento.
Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther says the suspect led police on a 13-minute chase as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of trying to steal a generator from a construction site.
The 60 acre fire was burning near Foothills Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, coming within a half-mile of Thunder Valley Casino.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Chelsea Fox says no homes or businesses were damaged in the blaze.
Patrick John Henry, 40, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and evading police.
This is the second fire in Placer County today. The Hollow Fire was burning in the Fowler area near Hardscrabble Road in Lincoln. Cal Fire had four engines, an air tanker and help from four other agencies in battling the flames.
Wildfire on California base 50 percent contained September 30, 2009 22:31
The Associated Press
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A wildfire that burned 350 acres of dry brush at Vandenberg Air Force Base was 50 percent contained Wednesday, authorities said.
"The forward movement of the fire has been stopped," said Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. David Sadecki. "We're not out of the woods yet, but we're making good progress."
The fire, reported just before noon, was caused by a blown transformer near the base's main gate on Highway 1, according to an Air Force news release. Power lines were down and sporadic electricity outages were reported.
Nonessential personnel in 25 base buildings were sent home shortly after the fire was reported.
The western edge of the blaze was contained, Sadecki said. To the east, the fire was halted at Pine Canyon, about a mile and a half from homes in the town of Vandenberg Village. No structures were threatened.
Vandenberg fire crews were working with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to battle the blaze. At least 10 water-dropping aircraft were making runs over the fire.
The base is about 60 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. As many as 10,000 people work on the base every weekday.
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 22:43 PDT
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