SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest...
Report: Firefighter hit by truck was in unmarked area
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A firefighter who was run over by a pickup truck during last month's deadly Southern California wildfire was sleeping in an unmarked area but received prompt care for his minor injuries, a new state fire report said.
Report details firefighters’ harrowing work in Paradise
On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted.
Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp fire had been surrounded by firefighters following several days of rain in and around the devastated town of Paradise.
The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll raises to 48 in wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
Authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.
The announcement came Tuesday after authorities ramped up the search for more victims buried in rubble left by the blaze that incinerated the town of Paradise.
At least 9 dead as fire incinerates N. California town
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state's most destructive fire in at least a century.
Wildfire in Northern California prompts highway closure
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a stretch of Highway 9 in Santa Cruz remains closed Monday as fire crews battle a blaze that injured a firefighter and is burning through heavy timber.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 17-acre (7-hectare) blaze is burning in a remote part of Santa Cruz County. It is 30 percent contained.
Officials: Power lines ignited fatal blaze in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter, officials said Tuesday.
The finding adds to the growing financial liability of PG&E over wildfires in the state.
Its equipment has been blamed for starting 13 wildfires last year and the utility has told shareholders it expects to pay more than $2.5 billion in damages.
2 arrested for allegedly setting Northern California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a man has been arrested after allegedly confessing to starting five blazes in Northern California last year.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday 30-year-old Kyle Jeptha Bridgman confessed to deliberately setting five fires in the Lincoln area of Placer County between June and August, 2017.
Northern California man arrested for deadly wildfire
YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have arrested a man they say started a deadly wildfire last month.
California's fire agency said Thursday that it arrested 32-year-old John Colin Eagle Skoda after investigators concluded that a debris fire he started turned into a 60-square-mile blaze that killed one person and destroyed 35 homes.
California’s biggest blaze more than half contained
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say the largest blaze ever recorded in the state is now more than half contained.
But the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says Thursday it will still take several weeks to fully surround the massive wildfire in Northern California because it's burning in steep terrain that's hard to reach.
Cal Fire says the blaze that has charred 475 square miles (1,230 square kilometers) of brush and timber is 51 percent contained.
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September.
The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry vegetation, high winds and rugged terrain that made it too dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the flames now spanning 470 square miles (1,217 square kilometers).
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.
Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did last year when California's wine country was hit hard.
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires raging in California (all times local):
Authorities have ordered more evacuations in Northern California as fires continue to advance.
The orders were issued Thursday night for an area along the boundary of Mendocino National Forest and along portions of the border between Lake and Colusa counties.
More than 1,000 homes torched in California wildfires
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The deadly Northern California wildfire that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes slowed down Sunday after days of explosive growth, giving officials hope even as they announced the discovery of a sixth fatality.
The Latest: Deadly California fire grows slightly
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local):
Authorities say a deadly wildfire that forced thousands of evacuations in Northern California has grown slightly and containment remained at just 5 percent.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials reported Saturday that the number of structures destroyed climbed to 536 from 500. About 5,000 structures remain threatened.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A California forest fire just west of Yosemite National Park was steadily growing Saturday after two more firefighters were injured while battling the flames in blazing summer heat to protect mountain communities in the Sierra Nevada.
The Ferguson fire was churning northward within Sierra National Forest, sending up smoke that obscured valley views in the park. Yosemite remained open, but one of its scenic routes, Glacier Point Road, was closed to stage firefighters.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
A California official says the body of a firefighter killed during a wildfire near Yosemite National Park won't be retrieved until at least Monday.
Heavy fire equipment operator Braden Varney was driving a bulldozer when he died Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said.
Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36, died in the morning hours, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park (all times local):
Officials say a firefighter killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park was driving a bulldozer and trying to prevent the fire from spreading.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Nancy Koerperich said Saturday that Braden Varney was cutting a "fire break" with the vehicle to prevent the blaze from spreading when he was killed.
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the Western United States (all times local):
Authorities say a fire that jumped across Interstate 5 south of the Oregon border in California has closed the southbound lanes in that area.
The Oregon Department of Transportation said Thursday evening the southbound lanes would remain closed at Ashland, Oregon, with no estimated time for reopening.
The agency suggests motorists traveling toward California take Oregon 58 or 140 to U.S. 97.
GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say cooler weather did little to diminish a massive blaze in Northern California threatening more than 1,400 buildings.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the fire burning northwest of Sacramento grew overnight to 134 square miles (347 square kilometers).
But CalFire says crews gained some ground and increased containment to 30 percent. That's up from 25 percent the previous day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dozen wildfires that burned thousands of homes in California's wine country and killed at least 15 people last October were started by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines and utility poles, state fire officials said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released its investigation Friday for some of the wind-driven fires that ravaged Mendocino, Humboldt, Butte, Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Six people have been arrested in what California authorities said Thursday was one of the largest illegal firework operations in state.
Nearly 50,000 pounds (22,679.85 kilograms) of fireworks were seized by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection over the past two weeks in the culmination of a three-year investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines that came into contact with trees caused four Northern California wildfires that burned across more than 14 square miles last fall and incinerated 134 buildings, state fire officials said Friday.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection indicated three of the fires might have been prevented if PG&E had made more effort to keep trees clear of its power lines.
The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end
BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local):
Most of the mandatory evacuations for a rural California area threatened by a wildfire have been lifted.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly says officials are allowing people to return home Monday.
But she says the blaze near the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada is still burning and people need to stay vigilant.
Skydiver killed after falling onto roof in California
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A skydiver has died in an accident in Southern California.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the skydiver was found on the roof of a residence in the city of Perris on Monday afternoon. Cal Fire says the person died at the scene.
Perris is a center for skydiving about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.
Report: Firefighter who died became trapped by flames
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California's modern history was putting out a spot fire when he found himself trapped by the flames being fanned by gusty winds, fire officials said.
Firefighter killed in Thomas Fire: MVFD crew among 8,100 firefighters battling blaze
MOHAVE VALLEY — Firefighting efforts at the Thomas Fire in Southern California turned somber on Thursday following the death of a San Diego firefighter.
A crew from the Mohave Valley Fire Department is among the 8,100 firefighters assigned to the blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.
Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. Iverson, 32, is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
Authorities have identified a firefighter killed while battling a blaze that's destroyed hundreds of homes northwest of Los Angeles.
State fire chief Ken Pimlott says Cory Iverson was an engineer based in San Diego. His death was announced Thursday but no details are being released.
Iverson was 32. He leaves a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
The Latest: Napa Valley school remain closed until Monday
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
Schools in Napa County will remain closed until Monday, officials said.
The Napa Valley Unified School District had planned to open school Wednesday. But the district's superintendent said Tuesday that air quality in the area worsened overnight.
Napa Valley Community College is also remaining closed the rest of the week.
The Latest: 40 now dead from Northern California wildfires
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):
The death toll from wildfires burning in Northern California has reached 40.
Sonoma County announced Saturday evening that its coroner had confirmed two more deaths, taking the total in the county to 22 and the overall count to 40.
The toll had been 35 coming into Saturday, and it is expected to keep growing.
The fires were already the deadliest group of simultaneous blazes in California history.
Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 — a figure expected to rise.
Three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire Northern California neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses.