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Firefighters are battling a brush fire in the San Gabriel mountains north of Glendora that was reported over the weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire that has been burning for much of August in the Santa Ana Mountains experienced a flare-up that caused concern for communications towers on Santiago Peak.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local public safety officials want to meet with Idyllwidl-area residents tonight to talk about the potential for flooding and mud and debris flows from the Cranston Fire burn area to impact local mountain communities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire - which started in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon Rd. and Holy Jim Rd. in Orange County - has been declared completely snuffed, after burning above Riverside County communities in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains west of Lake Elsinore and Temescal Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California lawmakers have released an outline of a plan to improve the state's preparedness and response to wildfires - and to soften the financial cost of those fires on electric utilities.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The Holy Fire burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor between Corona and Lake Elsinore is 92 percent contained, as of Monday morning, 8/20.  More details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Criminal proceedings have been suspended in the prosecution of 51-year-
old Forrest Gordon Clark ... the man suspected of setting the Holy Fire ...
and the judge presiding over the case ordered that he undergo a pair of
psychiatric evaluations. Clark repeatedly disrupted his scheduled arraignment
hearing Friday ... when he was supposed to enter a plea.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATED ON 9AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38. 

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UPDATED AT 9AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. 

Crews in California are getting a better handle on a number of large wildfires burning thoughout the state.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, in spite of the positive strides, it's still a very dangerous situation.

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UPDATED AT 9AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

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UPDATED AT 10AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

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UPDATED 9AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Firefighters continue to increase containment of the Holy Fire, burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor.  As of Tuesday morning, the Holy Fire has burned 22,986 acres with containment at 59%.  There are nearly 1,500 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

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UPDATED 2PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

originally posted 9AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Although it still remains a threat to populated communities, authorities on Sunday reported good progress containing the Holy Fire, which has displaced thousands of Riverside County residents from homes since it broke out nearly a week ago.

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UPDATED 8:30AM SATURDAY, AUGUST 11,2018

Progress is being reported this morning (Saturday) containing the Holy Fire, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres and displaced thousands of residents evacuated from communities in and near Lake Elsinore.  

A tweet Saturday morning (Aug. 11) from the Cleveland National Forest Twitter feed reports that the #Holyfire  that has been threatening Lake Elsinore foothill  communities is now 29% contained at 21,473 acres.  

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UPDATED AT 7AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

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.

LOOK FOR NEW EPISODES OF "YOSEMITELAND" ON MONDAYS AT capradio.org/yosemiteland

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UPDATED 7:30AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

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.

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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.

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UPDATED  6AM MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

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.

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UPDATED AT 6:30AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

The Cranston Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild is - as of last night’s (Thursday) briefing – 96% contained, and still held at just over 13,000 acres burned. 

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UPDATED 6AM TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018; 2ND UPDATE AT 10AM TUESDAY

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UPDATED 5:30AM MONDAY, JULY 30. 2018

Authorities say firefighters made a second day of good progress containing the Cranston Fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild since Wednesday, July 25.  Unified Command reports Monday morning that the Cranston Fire is being held at 13,130 acres, and has reached 57% containment, up from 29% containment the day before.  There are more than 1,500 personnel assigned to the blaze, along with 25 aircraft assisting from the air.

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UPDATED AT 10:30AM SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018

Authorities on Sunday (7/29) morning reported the fight against the Cranston Fire has made "substantial progress," and are beginning to allow many of the more than 6,000 people who were evacuated from the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area to return to their homes.

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The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has filed multiple charges against the Inland man suspected of starting the Cranston Fire that could send him to prison for life.

Robert Yurman for KVCR

[UPDATED AT 2:00pm FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018]

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Firefighters gathered yesterday to pay tribute to Braden Varney.  He was the Cal Fire bulldozer operator from Mariposa who died inthe early hours of the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

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There are still a couple of active wildfires burning inthe Inland Empire, and authorities are concerned this week's expected record-breaking heat could aggrevate those blazes.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATED AT 10:30AM FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018:

Firefighters this morning (Friday) continue to work on containing a brush fire that started yesterday afternoon near Corona.  The so-called Skyline Fire has burned 250 acres and at last report last night was 5% contained.

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