California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection News

Drought-Ending Rain Built up Fuel to Feed Deadly California Fires

There’s a dark side to the torrent of precipitation that ended California’s long drought earlier this year: Rain and snow pumped life back into bushes, shrubs and grasses and created ideal fuel for infernos. They’ve been raging since Sunday in …

Investigators Say Gunfire Caused Wildfire Near California’s Yosemite

Fire investigators say gunfire caused a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed 131 structures, including 63 homes, last month. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that a gun fired on public lands caused the wildfire that …

Yosemite Park Wildfire Burns Dozens of Structures And Heads Toward California Towns

A wildfire in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. …

California Wildfire Threatens 1,500 Homes

A California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park has destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes. As of Tuesday evening, the fire had scorched 39 square miles, according to the …

2 New California Wildfires Prompt Evacuation Orders

A wildfire burning in central California tripled in size Monday, forcing more people from their homes as firefighters battle the day-old blaze. The fire is burning near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles east of Modesto. It has scorched …

California Wildfires Feeding on Grass Fed by Winter Rain

Wildfires driving people from their homes in California and throughout the West have had help from an unlikely source: the rain. Major winter downpours that pulled the state out of years of drought also brought a layer of grass that …

Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Rural California Town

Crews have stopped the forward progress of a small wildfire in Central California that has triggered evacuations in a rural area north of Fresno. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 225-acre blaze was more than 15 …

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 …

California Wildfire That Erupted Near Massive Blaze Expands

A wildfire that erupted near a destructive blaze in Northern California’s rural, rocky hills expanded farther. The blaze had burned 9 square miles by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. It broke out several miles …

Wet Weather Helps in Battling Massive California Wildfire

Cooler, wetter weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive Northern California wildfire that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced 12,000 people to flee the flames. The largest blaze in drought-stricken California roughly tripled in …