CalFire News

CalFire: 14K Firefighters on the Line at 29 Major Wildfires

As critical fire weather conditions subsided, firefighters accomplished full containment on one of the many fires burning in the state, according to the latest report from CalFire. Roughly 14,000 firefighters remain on the line of 29 major wildfires burning across …

Forest Management After Fires a Focus for California Agency

After successive years of devastating wildfires, California’s fire agency has announced a plan that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and …

Mudslides Carry Away Homes, Water Rescues Needed in California Storm

Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday. In Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, …

California Wants Faster Forestry Approvals in Wildfire Fight

California wildland managers said this week that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. After the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history, officials are scrapping …

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 …

California Fire Safety Rule Citations Lag During Severe Drought

Amid the most destructive wildfire season in more than a decade, California’s firefighting agency amped up its warnings to thousands of property owners who weren’t doing enough to protect their homes by clearing brush and other flammable materials. But it …

Drought Prompts CalFire to Beef Up Seasonal Ranks Early

The threat of wildfire heightened by the state’s drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule. CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that several hundred seasonal firefighters are being brought …