Wildfires

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

September 18, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Summer officially ends next week, but California’s devastating wildfire season will almost certainly rage on. As of Monday, three enormous blazes — the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties; the Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County; and the Butte Fire, burning in Amador andRead More

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Map shows where all of California’s wildfires are burning

August 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm Comments are Disabled

This map created by CAL FIRE provides general locations of major fires burning in California. The fires locations are approximates.

The burned remains of a local library and a Head Start center destroyed by a fire sit in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, the saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lumber town of Weed, Calif., takes stock after wind-driven wildfire hits 100 homes in a matter of hours

September 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm Comments are Disabled

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw millRead More

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

OAKHURST >> Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park inRead More

Helicopter crew prepares for Northern California wildfire season

Helicopter crew prepares for Northern California wildfire season

August 6, 2014 at 8:37 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS – A few firefighters with the best vantage of wildfire season in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer have been battling fires from the air, dropping hundreds of gallons of water from a Cal Fire helicopter and guiding ground crews to remote areas. Although the rural areas inRead More

Crews battling two wildfires in northern California

August 4, 2014 at 8:52 am Comments are Disabled

BURNEY, Calif. — Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in northern California that together have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital. The Shasta County sheriff hadRead More

Yosemite wildfire kept from burning precious sequoias – for now

Yosemite wildfire kept from burning precious sequoias – for now

July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The flames spread about a half-mile in the Crane Creek area Wednesday, park officials said in a statement, but it was brought under control. The fire remained about 10 miles from Merced Grove, one of three Yosemite stands of giant sequoias. The towering trees grow only on the western slopesRead More

Firefighters battle 150-acre fire above Brand Park in Glendale

Firefighters battle 150-acre fire above Brand Park in Glendale

June 23, 2014 at 11:07 am Comments are Disabled

GLENDALE >> Nearly 100 firefighters continue battling a 150-acre brush fire above Brand Park that caused minor injury to three firefighters and prompted the airlifting of five hikers on Sunday. Overnight moisture helped firefighters from various agencies in fighting the blaze, which was reported to have started just before 12:30Read More

Oakland: Pair of canyon fires contained after four-alarm response

Oakland: Pair of canyon fires contained after four-alarm response

June 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

OAKLAND — A pair of brush fires burning in Dimond Canyon below Park Boulevard quickly went to four alarms Tuesday afternoon, but were contained in less than an hour, Oakland fire officials said. The first blaze was reported at 1:56 p.m. near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Estates Drive,Read More

Fighting wildfires leaves little money to manage the forests, US Forest Service says

Fighting wildfires leaves little money to manage the forests, US Forest Service says

June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

The cost of fighting frequent wildfires in the nation’s forests is draining dollars from non-fire-related portions of the budget, leaving less money for ecological restoration, road and trail repairs and fire prevention, according to a federal report released Monday. With fire seasons running 60-80 days longer and burning twice asRead More