Flaming Ping Pong Balls are Latest Weapon in Wildfire Battle

Firefighters battling the massive Creek Fire have added a unique new tool to their arsenal. Flaming ping-pong balls, also known in the firefighting trade as Delayed Aerial Ignition Devices, are being used to clear brush and other "ground fuels" to help brin...

Desert Homes Threatened by Enormous California Wildfire

JUNIPER HILLS — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday, but officials said calmer winds could help crews corral the flames. At 165 square miles, the Bobca...
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California Wildfire Ignited by Device To Reveal Baby’s Gender

LOS ANGELES — A couple’s plan to reveal their baby’s gender went up not in blue or pink smoke but in flames when the device they used sparked a wildfire that burned thousands of acres and forced people to flee from a city east of Los Angeles. Water-dropping...

Fresno County Wildfire Grows to More Than 30 Square Miles

A Fresno County wildfire west of Coalinga grew larger but firefighters also increased containment, authorities said Friday. The Mineral Fire expanded to more than 30 square miles and was 30% contained. Four structures have been destroyed and 60 remained thr...