U.S.Nature lends a hand in fight against three massive California wildfires Los Angeles Times 12 hours agoNature provided a helping hand Tuesday to firefighters tackling three wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to flee.Aided by a deep marine layer and high humidity, fire crews along the Central Coast increased containment for two massive blazes — the Alamo and Whittier fires. Farther north, slightly cooler temperatures assisted firefighters as they made headway on the Wall fire near Oroville.The fast-moving wildfires broke out over the weekend amid triple-digit temperatures and scorched thousands of acres.In Butte County, nearly 1,700 firefighters surrounded the Wall fire and slowed the growth of the blaze, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was 55% contained.The 5,800-acre fire, which started Friday afternoon just south of Lake Oroville, has destroyed 41 homes and damaged or destroyed an additional 57 other structures. Officials said the fire was “reduced significantly” but evacuation orders and warnings were still in place.Meanwhile, crews to the south continued to make progress on wildfires in Santa Barbara County.In the Los Padres National Forest, firefighters dug containment lines overnight along the southern slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains and worked to slow the 11,823-acre Whittier fire.Crews were constructing a fire line on the northern side of the mountains and a northwest section of the blaze above Lake Cachuma, according to the U.S. Forest Service.An onshore breeze brought favorable conditions and “pushed smoke away from the coast and back over the fire, resulting in increased shading to the brush and lower fire activity,” the forest service said.The blaze, which was 48% contained, has gutted eight homes and 12 outbuildings south of Lake Cachuma.The fire started Saturday along Highway 154 and prompted more than 3,500 people to flee.A portion of the 28,926-acre Alamo fire is also burning near Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. It was 60% contained on Tuesday evening.Toni Davis, a spokeswoman for the Tulare County Fire Department, said the cooler temperatures have helped firefighters gain the upper hand. On Tuesday, an increase in moisture in the brush along with the light cloud cover further helped firefighters to increase the containment lines, Cal Fire officials said.After the fire broke out Thursday off Highway 166 near Twitchell Reservoir in San Luis Obispo County, hundreds of residents fled the remote area.More than 2,000 firefighters have worked amid steep and rugged terrain to build lines around the massive blaze, according to Cal Fire.Flames continued to threaten 133 structures, fire officials said. Two structures, including one home, had been destroyed.Elsewhere in the state, Mother Nature was not as cooperative. The Garza fire near Avenal in the Central Valley swelled to 16,500 acres on Tuesday and threatened at least five structures, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 900 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon in a section of Kings County with tall grass and brush.Further south in San Diego County, the Jennings fire broke out Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread to 400 acres off Interstate 8, shutting down the freeway for hours during the afternoon. Five homes were threatened and nearby schools and homes were evacuated.By 5 p.m., forward progress on the blaze was stopped. Officials said three firefighters were hurt, and of those, two suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital. The third was not hospitalized.Another firefighter, 22-year old Frank Anaya, died on Tuesday in a San Diego-area hospital from injuries he received while using a chain saw in the fight against the Lakeside fire in San Diego County on July 5.Anaya had been working on the La Cima Conservation Camp inmate crew.
The Latest: California wildfire destroys at least 36 homes ABC News 23 hours ago The Latest on wildfires across the U.S. West and Canada (all times local):—9:55 a.m.Authorities say a wildfire burning near Oroville in Northern California has destroyed at least three dozen homes.The numbers released Tuesday come after fire crews surveyed the destruction of the blaze burning in the grassy foothills of the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says at least 4,000 people are under evacuation orders. Some residents have returned home.The blaze has burned nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and was 45 percent contained.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.—7:45 a.m.Containment is up on three major California wildfires that have burned dozens of structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.The larger of two blazes in Santa Barbara County has scorched more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) of dry brush and is still threatening more than 130 homes. The fire is 45 percent contained Tuesday.To the south a 17-square-mile (44-square-kilometer) wildfire is 25 percent contained.At least 3,500 people remain out of their homes in Santa Barbara County. Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said early Tuesday that rising humidity is now helping firefighters after a weekend heat wave fanned the flames.In Northern California, some evacuees started to return home late Monday as firefighters made progress against a foothill blaze near Oroville in Butte County.The blaze has burned nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) of grass, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 37 structures. It’s 45 percent contained.—6:30 a.m.California crews working through the night got help from rising humidity and low winds as they beat back wildfires that burned dozens of structures and forced thousands from homes.In Santa Barbara County, where two large blazes are burning through dry brush, fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said early Tuesday that the weatheris now cooperating with firefighters after a weekend heat wave helped fan the flames.Zaniboni says he expects containment to go up when new numbers are announced at a morning briefing.At least 3,500 people remain out of their homes in Santa Barbara County.To the north, evacuees started to return home late Monday as firefighters made progress against a foothill blaze near Oroville in Butte County.Thousands of firefighters are on the scene of wildfires across California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Leo Adonis committed suicide by jumping 250 feet into the crater of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday. His backpack contained a suicide note and was discovered Saturday night by two hikers who alerted park rangers. The rangers began to search for his body the night he died, but after dangerous conditions suspended their search they found the body in the crater the following day.His father, whose name was not disclosed, said he was heartbroken. Adonis lived in Petaluma, California, but had previously resided in Pahoa .View image on Twitter