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Jerusalem, Tesla Wildfires Nearing Full Containment

With some help from cooler temperatures, firefighters are making progress on both blazes.

08/22/2015

Map of Tesla Fire burning near Livermore. (CBS)

Grass Fire That Burned 2,500 Acres Near Livermore 70 Percent Contained

A grass fire that has burned 2,500 acres in Alameda County east of Livermore was 70 percent contained as of Friday morning, according to Cal Fire.

08/21/2015

The Tesla Fire burns a hillside near Livermore on August 19, 2015. (CBS)

Crews Increase Containment Of 2,500-Acre Tesla Wildfire Near Livermore

Firefighters have 25 percent of a 2,500-acre fire east of Livermore contained Thursday morning, according to Cal Fire.

08/20/2015

A tanker drops fire retardant on a grass fire near Tesla and Corral Hollow roads in unincorporated Alameda County east of Livermore, August 19, 2015. (CBS)

2,500-Acre ‘Tesla’ Fire Burns Near Livermore, 5 Percent Contained

A fast-moving grass fire burning east of Livermore has quickly grown to 2,500 acres Wednesday evening, according to Cal Fire, and firefighters have it 5 percent contained.

08/19/2015

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Bigger Wildfires, Animal Die-Offs Predicted If California Drought Extends To 2017

A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California non-profit think-tank paints that distressing picture of California for the next two years if the state’s driest four years on record stretches further into the future.

08/19/2015

Walker Fire (CBS)

Plague, Wildfire Shut Down Access To Yosemite, Campgrounds

Fire and the plague have made getting to and around Yosemite National Park difficult for summer campers.

08/17/2015

Walker Fire (CBS)

Walker Fire Forces Evacuation Of Yosemite Campgrounds

A fast-spreading wildfire has shut down a portion of Tioga Pass and threatens areas of Yosemite National Park.

08/16/2015

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It’s Hot! High Pressure System Sends Thermometers Into Triple-Digits As Heat Wave Blankets The West

Much of the West was smothered in a blanket of heat Saturday with triple-digit temperatures hitting the Bay Area, Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

08/15/2015

A plume of smoke from the Jerusalem Fire in Lake County. (CBS)

Wildfire Smoke Blankets Bay Area But Vehicle Exhaust Is Main Culprit In Sunday’s Spare The Air Alert

Smoke from Northern California wildfires hung over the Bay Area on Saturday and a Spare the Air alert was issued for Sunday, though officials said it was ozone — not smoke — that prompted the warning.

08/15/2015

Trees and brush burn as firefighters light backfires while battling the Wragg fire nears Winters, California on July 23, 2015. The fire has grown to over 6,000 acres and is 15 percent contained. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

8,000-Acre Wragg Fire Sparked By Vehicle Exhaust

Vehicle exhaust contacting dry grass caused the 8,000-acre Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa County last month, Cal Fire said Friday.

08/14/2015