San Rafael is using goats to help clean out a piece of land plagued by brush fires and homeless campers.
While evacuation orders are in effect for hundreds of homes in the potential path of the Butts fire burning in the Pope Valley area of Napa County, but not all homeowners are leaving.
A resident suffered smoke inhalation at the scene of a three-alarm vegetation fire that threatened about 40 homes in Antioch Tuesday evening, a Contra Costa County fire marshal said.
Firefighters have contained a 15-acre brush fire burning in unincorporated Contra Costa County just south of Pittsburg Tuesday evening, a fire dispatcher said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced a ban on open burning in areas including parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, effective Thursday.
Fire crews were battling a brush fire Wednesday afternoon in the Arastradero Preserve, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.
A vegetation fire near U.S. Highway 101 in between Novato and Petaluma was contained Wednesday, and traffic was flowing again as the commute began.
The fire worked its way up a hillside, prompting a two-alarm response that has included a helicopter and two Cal Fire hand crews—one of which was nearby when the fire started, he said.
There have been many firefighting improvements since a deadly firestorm ripped through the hills of Berkeley and Oakland 20 years ago next week. But, firefighters can’t do much about the hills themselves, forcing them to navigate dangerous roads whenever flames break out.
There is a concern among Bay Area fire officials that the late season wet weather could cause problems this fire season.