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Powerful Winds Fan Small Fires That Caused Evacuations, Freeway Closures In Southern California

Small Calif. fire forces evacuation at Marine base

AP California Fire Danger

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton was not threatened by the fire, but a power outage prompted officials to evacuate about 30 patients to other hospitals in the area and stop accepting new patients. Service at the hospital was restored by late Saturday. By early today morning, the blaze had scorched 1,500 acres and firefighters were working through the night, according to public affairs chief Sgt. Leo Salinas. More than 200 firefighters were at the scene. The fire was 15 percent contained. In northern Los Angeles County, traffic in the Newhall Pass came to a standstill when a 15-acre fire began on a hillside north of the junction of Interstate 5 and State Route 14. The freeways were closed in all directions for about 90 minutes, according to City News Service.
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Red Flag Fire Weather Warnings Ahead for Southern California

Gusts could reach 60 mph in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, building overnight, settling during the day Friday and peaking Saturday morning. In the most extreme circumstances, gusts could hit 80 mph in some Inland Empire mountains. NBC4

A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Small Calif. fire forces evacuation at Marine base AP 7:32 a.m. EDT October 6, 2013 A red flag fire warning sign, advising hot and dry weather conditions, is posted Oct. 4, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo: Nick Ut, AP) Fierce winds stoked several small fires across Southern California on Saturday A fire at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton forced 230 residents to evacuate That blaze charred about 1,000 acres, sending smoke across northern San Diego County SHARE 19 CONNECT 56 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES (AP) Fueled by strong winds, a Southern California wildfire forced 260 residents and hospital patients to evacuate at a military base. The fire broke out at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton amid hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the region on Saturday. It spread to about 1,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of 230 residents from a housing unit near Lake O'Neil and causing minor damage to four buildings, base officials said. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton was not threatened by the fire, but a power outage prompted officials to evacuate about 30 patients to other hospitals in the area and stop accepting new patients.
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Government Shut Down Makes Southern California Congress Members Gnash Teeth

NBC4's Fritz Coleman has the forecast for Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. PM Forecast: Dangerous Winds Expected Link Close Embed this video More videos (3 of 9) More Photos and Videos Red flag warnings went into effect Thursday evening for parts of Southern California as fire crews prepare for hot, dry and windy conditions into the weekend. The National Weather Service issued the fire weather warnings for most of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. The LA County warning is in effect from Thursday night to Sunday evening. The warning will be in effect for Orange and Riverside counties Friday through Sunday night. More 4 You: Download Our Free Weather App The ridge of high pressure building over the region Thursday will move east during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. "Santa Ana winds are expected to peak Friday midday and then persist, while weakening slightly Friday afternoon through Saturday," according to an NWS advisory. "There could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property." A small brush fire broke out in the hills above Glendora Wednesday.
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Looking for Southern California?s political stars of the future: Opinion

Strong winds, low humidity, high temperatures and very dry brush have combined to make for high fire danger. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times /October 4, 2013) By a Times Staff Writer October 4, 2013, 5:26 p.m. Wind gust topping 50 mph were reported in some parts of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds battered the region. The strong winds and dry conditions have officials worried about wildfires this weekend. Red flag warnings are in affect this weekend. And the National Weather Service issued wind warnings through Saturday evening. Just .09 inches of rain has fallen in the last three months, said JPL climatologist Bill Patzert. "I can't exaggerate how crispy it is out there," he said. "It's really just super dry." This year has been the sixth-driest year in 135 recorded years, Patzert said. A healthy rainfall can help mitigate the effects of a Santa Ana wind, wetting vegetation and reducing the likelihood of fires. But total precipitation for the first nine months of this year has amounted to just 23% of the area's typical rainfall, Patzert said. Across the state, firefighters have battled an unusually high number of fires. Already this year, more than 5,600 fires have burned more than 146,000 acres. The five-year average is 4,000 wildfires by this time of year, according to theCalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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Santa Ana winds batter Southern California; fire danger high

"We should pass a short-term continuing resolution until we can reach a longer-term deal." Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Arleta, a former Los Angeles councilman who has served as a congressman since January representing the northeast San Fernando Valley, called for a 45-day continuing resolution, without any negotiating poison pills. Cardenas said he was especially concerned about how the shutdown would affect veterans services, Head Start programs and federal home and small business loans. The shutdown would be especially hard on blue-collar workers, he said, as well as small businesses such as plumbers and electricians that depend on real estate sales. It would be especially hard on veterans, Cardenas said. He said 22 servicemen and -women a day commit suicide, and the shutdown would prevent the Veterans Administration from helping any new soldier who walked through its doors and requested help. "I couldn't ever imagine it being this bad," Cardenas said of the political rancor in the nation's Capitol. "This is irresponsible. This is insane." One Democratic congresswoman was especially concerned about a backlog of 1 million disability claims by U.S. veterans. Now on a waiting list for several months, their plight will only be made worse by the shutdown, said Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena. "We shouldn't be holding up a federal government by a debate of a law that was passed three years ago," Chu said of the current spending bill standoff over Obamacare.
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Sit 'n Sleep and Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC Donate 140 New Mattresses to Southern California Fire Stations

Better to secure the politicians commitment early very early, by helping him or her get elected in the first place. Thats the strategy of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee , a Washington, D.C.-based group founded in 2009 by a pair of former MoveOn organizers seeking longer-term approaches to winning political friends and influencing powerful people. As co-founder Adam Green explained over a vegetarian sandwich at a deli in Sherman Oaks one day this week, PCCC is always on the lookout for promising young politicians (progressive ones) to get behind. Which prompts the question: Who are the most promising young politicians (of any ideology) in Southern California? If you wanted to back an up-and-comer who could fight the good fight yours for years to come in the state Legislature or Congress, or even the governors office or White House, whom would you pick? One hates to encourage the labeling of political rising stars. That term seems to get affixed to everybody with a full head of hair who ever leads in a campaign poll and isnt under indictment. Still, its fun to speculate on which of our regions elected officials and wannabe elected officials have the brightest futures. And for people like Adam Green of the PCCC, its more than fun. Its a key to putting in place public officials who will push their organizations agenda. Green says Democrats are already thinking beyond Obama, with whom many liberals are impatient. Green also isnt thrilled with Jerry Brown, considering how the California governor has tried to moderate the agenda of the state Legislatures Democratic supermajority. So his group is scouting for the next generation of political stars. Sounds like a smart strategy for all sides. Who are the next generation of political stars in Southern California?
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Fire officials said one person was transported in a big rig crash and fire that caused about a $1 million in damage at a Carmax in Oxnard, Calif.

On the dates listed below, Sit 'n Sleep trucks will be making daily stops to deliver mattresses and will haul away each of the station's old mattresses for recycling. The number of mattresses delivered to the stations ranges from 10-60 mattresses, based on each stations number of beds and individual needs. The following Southern California fire stations will receive the new mattresses: October 7: Redlands Professional Fire Association October 8: Rancho Mirage Fire Station October 9: West Hollywood Fire Station October 10: Montecito Fire Station October 11: Costa Mesa Fire Station *NOTE: Locations and times of each mattress delivery can be found at the end of the press release. A good night's sleep is imperative to keep firefighters well rested so they can continue to do the dangerous job of keeping Southern California communities safe. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and other rising costs, old worn out mattresses are often the last items replaced at fire stations. "Our goal is to provide customers with great mattresses for a good night's sleep and we are pleased to extend that promise to our local firefighters," Sit 'n Sleep CEO Larry Miller says. "There's no better time to make this donation then during National Fire Prevention Week, when firefighters aim to make their communities aware of fire safety. We're glad to be able to help raise awareness and honor the men and women who protect our safety every day." "Our firefighters are thrilled to be able to sleep on brand new mattresses," says West Hollywood Fire Battalion Chief, Kevin Klar. "Some of the previous mattresses offered little support to ensure a good night's sleep for our hard working firefighters. The new Tempur-Pedic beds will definitely make a significant improvement to our firefighters' comfort and health, and we are incredibly grateful for the generous support," he continues. "We can't think of more deserving recipients than our local fire heroes," says Patrice Varni, Senior Vice President, Tempur-Pedic Brands. "We hope these mattresses provide extra comfort and support for the strain that long days and overnight hours bring to these firefighters. We are thrilled to be able to show our gratitude to our communities' firefighters during this year's National Fire Prevention Week." Fire Prevention Week Bed Donation Schedule Redlands Professional Fire Association: Address: 10 West Pennsylvania Ave, Redlands, CA 92373 Donation Time: 10:00 a.m.
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