Cal Fire News

PG&E’s Possible Liability in California Wildfires Targeted by Investigators

PG&E Corp. at the end of last week capped its worst week in nine years on speculation that downed power lines may have played a role in deadly wildfires raging across California. And the rout is far from over. After …

Cal Fire: California Wildfires Have Destroyed 3,500 Structures, Killed 17

Cal Fire is reporting that 17 people are confirmed to have died in the wildfires throughout the state this week and that at least 3,500 homes and commercial structures have been destroyed by the fast-moving blazes. “Overnight fire conditions were …

Regulators in California Hit PG&E with $8.3M Fine for Deadly Wildfire

Regulators say they have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. The California Public Utilities Commission …

Cal Fire Files Lawsuit Against Utility For Cost of Powerhouse Fire

A state agency is suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to recover the more than $4 million cost in fighting a wildfire sparked by power lines three years ago. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection …

Massive Northern California Wildfire Destroys 400 Homes and Businesses

Two fast-burning wildfires overtook several Northern California towns, killing at least one person and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and sending thousands of residents fleeing highways lined with buildings, guardrails and cars still in flames. The California Department of …

Southern California Wildfire More than Halfway Contained

The Etiwanda Fire in Southern California fueled by strong winds and high gusts that forced more than 1,000 evacuations is now 53 percent contained, according to fire officials. The fire in San Bernardino County around Rancho Cucamonga, which started on …

Early California Wildfires Risk To Homes And Vineyards

California’s worst drought in decades is feeding what may become a devastating wildfire season, one that is starting about five months early. Extremely dry conditions have sparked 487 wildfires so far in 2014, compared with only 2 for the same …

Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End

A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …