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Santa Barbara County Fires (2008)

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  • More than 20,000 flee flames in O.C. Fire destroys or damages more than 600 homes; thousands are threatened

    More than 20,000 flee flames in O.C. Fire destroys or damages more than 600 homes; thousands are threatened
    Wind-fueled fires continued to rage out of control tonight in Orange County as emergency personnel struggled to get ahead of erratic leap-frogging flare-ups that were consuming houses and apartments and prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000...
  • In deep with the sea urchins

    In deep with the sea urchins
    The Sunstar's ancient twin diesels fire up like an old man clearing his throat. Terry Herzik cocks his good ear to listen. They are losing compression, but sound as if they should make the three-day trip. Dawn glows faintly behind the gantry cranes and...
  • Musings on fire, in word and song

    When the hills of Los Angeles are burning Palm trees are candles in the murder wind So many lives are on the breeze Even the stars are ill at ease And Los Angeles is burning. -- Bad Religion "Los Angeles Is Burning" (2004) Fire in Malibu has a...
  • Catastrophic fires blaze a path of destruction through Southland

    Catastrophic fires blaze a path of destruction through Southland
    In a swiftly moving catastrophe that seemed as familiar as it was shocking, Southern California once again was besieged by flame Saturday, from Orange County to Santa Barbara, with hundreds of homes consumed by three major wind-driven fires, including one...
  • Winds relent, but fires persist

    Winds relent, but fires persist
    A lull in the fierce, desert-born Santa Ana winds that pushed three devastating wildfires through Southern California delivered the first major break in days to fire crews from Anaheim Hills to Santa Barbara on Sunday, although authorities warned that...
  • Montecito fire consumes 111 homes

    Montecito fire consumes 111 homes
    As a wildfire that devastated the wealthy enclave of Montecito settled down late Friday, a second blaze erupted in Sylmar amid heavy winds and destroyed at least three structures and scorched 100 acres, authorities said. The Montecito blaze destroyed 111...
  • As wildfires get wilder, the costs of fighting them are untamed

    As wildfires get wilder, the costs of fighting them are untamed
    It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry. Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
  • Don't rush to reseed at park, experts say

    Several scientists are cautioning Los Angeles officials to think hard before reseeding and replanting large areas of Griffith Park that burned in last week's 820-acre brush fire. Reseeding can be expensive and potentially useless, said the scientists,...
  • Officials seek to contain wildfire costs

    For a tense couple of weeks, the 31,000-acre Zaca fire threatened to scorch more than 1,000 square miles of wilderness and reach the outskirts of communities as far-flung as Santa Barbara and Ojai. Now, the smoke is clearing but the long, dark shadow...
  • L.A. County offers tax relief to property owners

    For fire victims, there may be at least one measure of relief on the horizon: lower taxes -- or at least delayed taxes. County assessors and tax collectors are offering to defer and reduce property taxes for those whose homes suffered damage. In...
  • Schwarzenegger needs a boost, but his chances recede with the economy

    Schwarzenegger needs a boost, but his chances recede with the economy
    As he stood before the cameras in Santa Barbara last week, the freewheeling showman that Arnold Schwarzenegger used to be was evident only in his attire. He was clad in a shirt that was blindingly white, as if daring the ruinous soot from the Jesusita...
  • Bush declares major fire disaster

    President Bush declared a major disaster today in California, which allows people affected by the fires to begin to receive federal grants for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Bush met this morning at...