New CA fire sparked

While one fire in northern Los Angeles County in California was better controlled, a new blaze prompted new evacuations on Wednesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 21, 2004


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While one fire in northern Los Angeles County in California was better controlled, a new blaze prompted new evacuations on Wednesday.

The new fire forced some 175 homes to evacuate, burning across more than 5,000 acres on Tuesday. The communities of Little Rock, Bell Springs and Juniper Hills were most threatened.

Meanwhile a blaze in Santa Clarita was 65 percent contained by Tuesday. Some 1,600 homes were evacuated when the 6,000-acre blaze was less controlled, but residents there were back home by Wednesday.

This year's fire season has grown severe early on, said fire officials, who pointed out that multiple fires like California has seen this week usually happen in October.

A Nevada wildfire last week destroyed 15 homes.

As this year's wildfires continued to burn, faith-based disaster responders were praying for the safety of nearby residents, and, at the same time, urging the public to remember long-term needs lingering after last year's wildfires.

In addition to monitoring current fires and praying for those impacted, faith-based groups (including Mennonite Disaster Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief and others) are working in communities such as Julian, Ramona and San Bernardino, rebuilding homes and helping people cope with other long-term effects of last year's wildfires.

Near Julian alone, last summer's fires destroyed more than 700 homes.

Fourteen fires, from Oct. 21 through Nov. 4 last year, killed 24 people, destroyed 3,710 homes, and burned 750,000 acres.


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