Fire weather

A helicopter flies over a wildfire Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Bonsall, Calif. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 08, 2017 - 12:15 am
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of mobile homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at an elite training facility. The fire exceeded 6 square...
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Steve Andruszkiewicz waters down his beach house as the sun is visible through thick smoke from a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 07, 2017 - 5:24 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local): 3:05 p.m. A fast-growing wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds in rural San Diego County has burned 1,000 acres (400 hectares) only hours after starting. State fire authorities said Thursday more than five buildings...
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Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 06, 2017 - 11:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire erupted in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed multimillion-dollar houses and tract homes alike. Hundreds of homes across the L.A...
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A Los Angeles County firefighter puts water a burning house in a wildfire in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Ferocious winds in Southern California have whipped up explosive wildfires, burning a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures. Tens of thousands of people have been ordered evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 05, 2017 - 9:47 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people. The most damaging fire was in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, where 150 structures were...
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October 25, 2017 - 5:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's fall heat wave broke more records Wednesday but with less intensity despite the persistence of high pressure over the West. Downtown Los Angeles reached 100 degrees in the early afternoon, surpassing the date's old record of 96 set in 1983 but behind the...
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Swim instructor Daphne Trager leads an exercise session at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Temperatures in some parts of Southern California climbed into the upper 90s and over 100 on Monday as authorities warned of several days of dangerously high heat plus gusty Santa Ana winds that boost the risk of wildfires. (Walt Mancini/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)
October 23, 2017 - 11:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In some parts of America, it's parkas and pumpkins. In Southern California, it's scorching sidewalks, tinder-dry hillsides and possibly the hottest start to the World Series ever recorded. A day after temperatures topped 100 degrees all over the region, forecasts called for...
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FILE - This is a Tuesday, Aug. 15 2017, file photo of a firefighting plane drops its load to prevent wildfires from reigniting over the village of Agua Formosa, near Vila de Rei, central Portugal. Portugal's government announced Monday Oct. 23, 2017 that it is beefing up its wildfire response with 17 water-dropping aircraft after forest blazes killed more than 100 people this year. With warm, dry weather stretching into the fall, the government says it is doubling its air assets to 35 planes and helicopters.. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, file)
October 23, 2017 - 6:24 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is beefing up its wildfire response by hiring another 17 water-dropping aircraft after forest blazes killed more than 100 people this year. With warm, dry weather stretching into the fall, the government says it is doubling its air fleet to 35 planes and helicopters...
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Firefighter Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, of the San Rafael Fire Department, waters down smoldering ashes on a garage Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through the California wine country sending thousands fleeing as flames rages unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 11, 2017 - 12:32 am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The flames that raced across California wine country left little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake. House after house is gone, with only brick chimneys and charred laundry machines to mark sites that were once family homes. The wildfires...
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The sun rises through a cloud of smoke after a wildfire swept through the area in Sonoma County on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. /The Sacramento Bee via AP)
October 10, 2017 - 6:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Notorious winds linked to many of California's worst wildfires are known by various names — Diablo, Santa Ana and Sundowner — but all share the common trait of being able to whip a spark into a deadly inferno that seems to come out of nowhere. Here's a look at where and when...
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Jim Stites watches part of his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., Monday Oct. 9, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 09, 2017 - 11:06 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 9 p.m. At least 100 people have been injured in wildfires burning in Northern California. St. Joseph Health said 100 patients have been treated, most for smoke inhalation, at two of its hospitals, Santa Rosa Memorial in...
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