California Statewide Fire Summary Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Nearly a dozen wildfires continue to burn across California and over 8,000 firefighters are on the frontlines battling these fires. Above average temperatures coupled with extremely dry conditions are causing fires to burn very actively.

 

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected over many of the mountains and higher elevations in northern California with dry lightning likely. The potential for lightning-sparked fires will be high.

 

CAL FIRE Issues Statewide Burn Ban

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CONTACT: Daniel Berlant, (916) 651-FIRE (3473), on twitter @CALFIRE_PIO
Julie Hutchinson, (951) 377-8380

RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2012

 

CAL FIRE Issues Statewide Burn Ban
Dry Conditions and Increased Fire ActivityLead to Burning Suspension

4 Star General Investigated over Lavish Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that a four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing demotion for possibly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items.

Several defense officials said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected soon to decide the fate of Gen. William “Kip” Ward.

Security Guard for Conservative Lobbying Group, Family Research Council, Hailed as a Hero after Being Shot by Gunman

WASHINGTON – Authorities say an armed man walked into the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday morning and shot a security guard who confronted him in the arm. The guard and others then wrestled him to the ground.

The man was taken into custody by the FBI and was being interviewed. Authorities did not identify the man or disclose where he was being interviewed.