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Easy clean your siding with dish soap and a car wash brush

This week, Jill Washburn, our Jill of All Trades, shows us a simple way to clean algae, mold and mildew off of siding or other outside surfaces.  It is not uncommon for mold or algae to grow on outdoor surfaces that are often damp or shady.  Typically, you’ll find this happening on the north side of your home or garage, but if your yard is pretty shaded, as Jill’s is, you may even find it on the west- or east-facing surfaces, as well.

The main thing you want to look out for, says Jill, is to not cause damage to the surface you’re cleaning, or the surrounding landscaping.  And, if you have pets in the yard, you want to make sure they’re safe, too.  Jill’s solution is simple, Dawn dishwashing liquid… and a big car wash brush.  Dawn is used to clean animals after oil spills, so

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Brush fire threatening homes near Santa Clarita amid red-flag conditions

Martindale fire in Santa Clarita. <span class="copyright">(KTLA)</span>
Martindale fire in Santa Clarita. (KTLA)

A brush fire ignited Monday afternoon above Santa Clarita, enveloping 300 acres within minutes as it burned with “a rapid rate of speed,” fire authorities said. It comes amid heightened fire danger in Southern California with rising temperatures and strengthening winds.

The blaze, which has been dubbed the Martindale Fire, broke out just after 3 p.m., burning a 10-acre area about 15 miles northeast of Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Within about 20 minutes, it had spread to 200 acres. The fire is moving south, buffeted by “gusty winds,” the Angeles National Forest Service said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department ordered residents to evacuate about a dozen homes south of Bouquet Reservoir, between the dam and mile marker 11.5. Authorities issued an evacuation warning for the area south of mile marker 11.5 to Texas Canyon Fire Station. Some

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Honolulu firefighters contain brush fire on Waahila Ridge above University of Hawaii at Manoa

UPDATE: The fire has been contained, with small flare ups within the burned out area, Honolulu Fire Department Captain Jeff Roache reported at about 7:30 p.m. today.

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As a hot Thursday afternoon dragged on, Honolulu firefighters continued to battle a brush fire on Waahila Ridge above the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“Structures are being threatened and fire crews have been positioned to protect homes in the area,” reported HFD Captain Jeff Roache, adding no injuries had been reported and it was unknown how many acres had burned so far.

“The brush fire is also threatening power lines and equipment,” Roache said.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday HFD responded to a fire at 2640 Dole Street with 18 units staffed with 58 personnel, the captain reported; after the first unit arrived to find “a working wildland fire,” HFD personnel established command, requested additional resources “and initiated

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