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The proposed Jordan Cove project includes a pipeline that would transport natural gas across the Cascades mountain range to the Oregon coast. There it would be turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export.

In Venezuela, where the annual inflation rate topped 60,000 percent this weekend, the currency has lost so much value that it takes stacks of bills just to buy a roll of toilet paper. The average consumer might as well bring a wheelbarrow to the market — not to transport groceries but to cart all the cash needed to buy them.

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The Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in the mountains west of Lake Elsinore has burned more than 18,000 acres - up from 10,200 acres Thursday -  and as of this morning (Friday) is still only 5% contained.  Worse yet, weather conditions Thursday pushed the blaze downslope into the I-15 corridor.  For a time yesterday, flames came dangerously close to homes in Lake Elsinore foothill neighborhoods, but were fought back by firefighters.

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It's peak tourist season in Yosemite, but the most popular destination is eerily quiet.  There are no hiker on trails or climbers on the Valley's cliffs, because smoke from the Ferguson Fire has shut down parts of the park indefinitely.  In Capital Public Radio's latest "Yosemiteland" podcast episode, reporter Ezra David Romero discusses how fire might alter the park's iconic landscape.


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The Holy Fire which broke out Monday afternoon near Holy Jim Canyon Road in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, has blackened 9,600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest, and as of this morning (Thursday) is only 5 percent contained.  And as the blaze continues to advance into Riverside County, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for several foothill communities south of Corona west of the 15 between Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore.

Mary Fran McCluskey

The Holy Fire, now buring in two counties, has led to an air quality advisory warning for Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the advisory on Tuesday and warned of increased respiratory health risks in all three counties, extending as far east as Yucaipa. Up to the hour air quality monitoring is available for your city at this link:

KVCR's Rick Dulock has this complete update on the blaze:

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KVCR's Rick Dulock updates the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest.
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California's State Legislature is back after a month-long break. Lawmakers kicked off by approving a new "State Sport." Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has the story.

Ventura County Fire Department

California's wildfire season is now year-round and the blazes are more destructive.  The state's cost to fight them is also increasing dramatically.  Capital Public Radio's Sami Soto has more.


Four furious weeks of deadline pressure await California lawmakers as they return to the state Capitol today (Monday) after their summer recess.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, their biggest debates include wildfire liability, bail reform, and net neutrality.


With nearly full containment holding for several days now, officials are indicating the Cranston Fire itself is now less of a threat to Idyllwild-area mountain communities than the aftermath yet to come.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:


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