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December 7, 2011
Despite the cold temperatures, the National Weather Service today said dry, breezy conditions could create "a dangerous forest fire environment. " The agency lifted its red-flag warning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for the first time since the storm blew through six days ago. As of early Wednesday morning, Southern California Edison said nearly 3,000 customers, primarily in the San Gabriel Valley, still were without power after last week's fierce windstorm downed power lines.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
More homes face high risk of being destroyed in a wildfire in densely populated Los Angeles County than in any other county in the state, according to new insurance industry research that underscores that fire danger is not confined to rural areas. The analysis, released Wednesday by the Insurance Information Network of California, places more than 2 million homes in the high-risk category statewide. Slightly more than half of them are in Southern California, where huge, wind-driven fires have charred thousands of houses in the last decade.
NEWS
November 1, 2003
Not much remains to be said about the wildfires ravaging Southern California. Though the worst appears to be over, thanks to cooler weather and increased moisture in the air, damage is still being wrought, even as cleanup work begins. We are fortunate, here on the cusp of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, that wildfires have not wreaked the kind of devastation seen to the northwest, east and southeast of us during the past week. But it wouldn't take much for our communities to become infernos -- we're surrounded by tree-laden mountains, and have been in harm's way recently, with (relatively)
NEWS
November 22, 2008
One of the stranger acts of censorship in recent years came the week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when Clear Channel Communications, the owner of more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide, circulated a memo asking stations not to play a number of songs due to the recent tragedy. Some of the more fatalistic tunes made sense, but others (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”) seemed like precisely the songs listeners might crave during hard times — and even in those traumatic days, would hearing Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man” really have thrown anyone into a panic?
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By Joseph Serna | January 20, 2014
Record dry conditions across California could create explosive wildfires at a time when the state should be rehydrating itself, experts warn.  Across California, vegetation that typically rehydrates with rain between December and April continues to get dryer and more dangerous,  worrying officials  who fear that wildfires will get worse as the fuel gets even dryer, the Los Angeles Times reports .  “It really is unprecedented....
LOCAL
By Zain Shauk | September 28, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Federal lawmakers, inspired by recent California wildfires, are hoping to put arsonists on the map. The House of Representatives could vote this week on the plan to track arsonists in a national database that would monitor them like the state does sex offenders. The database, which would work much like the Megan’s Law sex offender tracking system, which visually plots convicts on maps, is being pushed by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | October 31, 2007
More than 20 Glendale firefighters who joined in the fight against wildfires in Malibu and Orange County returned home this week, their equipment sullied and their bodies feeling the effects of 24- to 36-hour shifts. Engineer Gene Tognarelli described the Malibu fire in organic, personified terms — the tips of a flame creeping up, peeking out over a ridge, sliding down a canyon and wrapping around a residential parcel, like a legion of enemy attackers. “We watched the fire come right up at us,” he said.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 11, 2008
CITY HALL ? The first in a series of meetings to set funding priorities and allocations for the next fiscal year is set to start Tuesday as the City Council considers a list of 12 projects totaling more than $17 million. City officials will be looking for the council to prioritize the list of requests for federal funds that will be pitched to Rep. Adam Schiff and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for appropriation. Every February, the city lobbies for a share of the federal budget to help offset the costs of mostly multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects.
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By Joseph Serna | January 20, 2014
Record dry conditions across California could create explosive wildfires at a time when the state should be rehydrating itself, experts warn.  Across California, vegetation that typically rehydrates with rain between December and April continues to get dryer and more dangerous,  worrying officials  who fear that wildfires will get worse as the fuel gets even dryer, the Los Angeles Times reports .  “It really is unprecedented....
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 11, 2013
The unusual summer rain that dampened Glendale earlier this week will do little to quench parched hillside brush that continues to pose a high fire risk, officials said. For all the gloom and humidity, the light rainfall was simply too little too late to make up for drought conditions in winter and spring, said Frank Vidales, acting chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Forestry Division. Brush in the hills above Glendale and most other parts of Los Angeles County is unusually dry - so dry that results of recent vegetation moisture tests resemble the norm for late August or early September.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
Firefighters from Burbank, Glendale and L.A. County stations in La Cañada Flintridge will be attending a memorial service today in Prescott, Ariz. to honor 19 Granite Mountain hotshots who died battling a wind-driven wildfire on June 30. About 300 L.A. County firefighters alone were scheduled to be in Prescott for the service at 11 a.m., according to the department. Among them would be firefighters from both county stations in La Cañada Flintridge, where officials last week recognized the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, which assisted with the massive Station fire in 2009.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
The National Weather Service has extended a red flag warning for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties because of high winds and low humidity, which have elevated the risk of wildfires. The warning, first issued at 3 a.m. Thursday, was set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday but has been extended until 2 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County fire officials said. Sustained winds of up to 20 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast, and an additional 150 firefighters have been positioned throughout Los Angeles County as a precaution, said Tony Imprenda, a spokesman for the county fire department.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
More homes face high risk of being destroyed in a wildfire in densely populated Los Angeles County than in any other county in the state, according to new insurance industry research that underscores that fire danger is not confined to rural areas. The analysis, released Wednesday by the Insurance Information Network of California, places more than 2 million homes in the high-risk category statewide. Slightly more than half of them are in Southern California, where huge, wind-driven fires have charred thousands of houses in the last decade.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
Despite the cold temperatures, the National Weather Service today said dry, breezy conditions could create "a dangerous forest fire environment. " The agency lifted its red-flag warning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for the first time since the storm blew through six days ago. As of early Wednesday morning, Southern California Edison said nearly 3,000 customers, primarily in the San Gabriel Valley, still were without power after last week's fierce windstorm downed power lines.
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October 3, 2011
Firefighters put out a brush fire Sunday afternoon on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway near La Tuna Canyon Road, officials said. Five Glendale fire companies and a water tender provided back up about noon for the Los Angeles Fire Department as they battled the flames, which was contained to a few acres, fire officials said. No one was injured in the blaze and no property damage was reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. -- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | November 16, 2009
GLENDALE — Faced with higher premiums and reduced coverage as a result of insurance claims for fires started by equipment failures, two utilities are awaiting a state decision on an application to potentially raise customer fees. Under the proposal submitted in August by Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company, customers from La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale could face higher utility bills to help the companies cover the uninsured costs of wildfires — a move strongly opposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
LOCAL
By Zain Shauk | September 29, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Federal lawmakers, inspired by recent California wildfires, are hoping to put arsonists on the map. The House of Representatives could vote this week on the plan to track arsonists in a national database that would monitor them like the state does sex offenders. The database, which would work much like the Megan’s Law sex offender tracking system, which visually plots convicts on maps, is being pushed by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack.
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