Firefighters report 'good progress' against Western blazes
In California, more than 7,000 firefighters are battling 13 large fires, including this one in San Bernardino County
August 29, 1999
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BOISE, Idaho (CNN) -- Nine large fires in California, Nevada,
Oregon, and Texas were expected to be fully contained Sunday
after firefighters reported making "good progress" in
Meanwhile, about 460 new small wildfires were reported
nationwide Saturday, said the National Interagency Fire
Center in Idaho. Three hundred of those fires were reported
in the southern region, from east Texas to Florida. The rest
were scattered throughout the West.
Nineteen large fires in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas
have charred more than 200,000 acres. Nearly 12,000
firefighters are battling the fires throughout the West,
helped by 910 firetrucks, 118 helicopters, 19 airtankers,
and 1,885 support workers.
Mostly wet thunderstorms are expected in Montana, eastern
Idaho, and Wyoming Sunday. California and Nevada will be
clear and hot.
California battling 13 large fires
In California, more than 7,000 firefighters are battling 13
large fires that have burned 117,178 acres.
In Southern California, more than 300 firefighters were
making headway against three separate brush fires on U.S.
Forest Service land in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The "Willow Fire," in San Bernardino County near Lake
Arrowhead, was 10 percent contained and threatening a timber
range, Arco oil sites, and a private ranch after burning
6,000 acres in less than a day. One minor injury was
Forest Service spokeswoman Patricia Pierce said firefighters
were hampered by heat, wind and falling embers.
The "Mixing Fire," in Riverside County near Lake Hemet, broke
out Saturday afternoon and consumed 2,500 acres. It was 10
percent contained by Sunday morning. Heat and rough terrain
were making firefighting efforts more difficult.
A helicopter drops water on a fire in San Bernardino County, California
The "Pines Fire," also in Riverside County, was 50 percent
contained Sunday morning, and had consumed more than 1,500
acres. Four outbuildings have burned and several people from
the Twin Pines Mobile Home Park were evacuated. Heavy brush
and inaccessible terrain slowed the firefighters' progress.
In Oregon's "Badger Fire," in the Sheldon-Hart National
Wildlife Refuge near the southern border of the state, 30,000
acres have burned in a fire that spread rapidly Saturday but
was predicted to be controlled Sunday.
So far this year, 69,449 fires have burned 4.2 million acres
in the country, said Sheri Ascherfeld of the National
Interagency Fire Center. More than half of the charred land
is in Alaska and Nevada.
This year's fires are worse than usual. Over the past decade,
an average of 57,964 fires have burned 2.5 million acres by
August 29, said Ascherfeld.
Both 1994 and 1996 were considered "extreme fire years." By
August 29, 1994, 57,176 fires in the country had burned 3
million acres. In 1996 by this time of year, 84,460 fires had
burned 5 million acres.
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National Interagency Fire Center
Large Wildland Fires
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